Free family days out this winter

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christmas sceneWhen temperatures start to dip and it’s cold outside you might be tempted to stay indoors with a DVD. Instead, give the kids a winter to remember with these top tips for a free day out.

Go to the local animal farm

The cost of a family trip to the zoo can quickly add up but the kids can still get an animal-themed day out at a city farm – for free! Not only will they have the chance to get up-close to the creatures, but you’ll be able to cut back on spending without them even noticing.

Go window shopping

There’s nothing like a good bit of retail therapy to help sooth your woes but, come December, even if you don’t have much money to spare you can still hit the shops for a fun day out. Instead of walking into the local department store, take the kids to see the Christmas window displays – they’ll love it and you’ll get some fresh air at the same time.

Become a culture vulture

Many museums and galleries have free entry so why not give the kids an educational day out that’s so much fun they won’t even realise they’re learning. From dinosaur bones to works of art, there are plenty of options out there. So when it’s cold outside why not spend a day out indoors!

See the light displays

While we may moan that the nights are drawing in, there’s nothing more magical then watching the twinkling displays of Christmas lights. Take the kids into town one evening to see the very festive displays and end the evening with a warming hot chocolate.

Story time

Check the events page of your local bookshop or library, where there are often free story-telling sessions. To get into the Christmas spirit, choose a day when a particularly festive tale is being read. Not only will this make for a warm winter’s day out, it will provide you with half an hour’s peace and quiet too!

See Santa for free

Children of all ages love to see the big jolly fellow with the white beard. Check your local newspaper to see if Father Christmas is at any of these free locations:

  • Shopping malls – Santa always has a grotto somewhere and his helpful elves will be sure to show you the way
  • Santa parade – get front row seats at your local Christmas parade
  • Christmas fair – is the local church or community board holding a fair in the lead up to Christmas? There’s bound to be someone dressed up in a red suit for such an occasion
  • Garden centre – some centres may have a little grotto set up, and if not you could always take the kids for a day out anyway to see if they can find where Santa’s hiding

For more ideas on what to do with the kids this Christmas, check out this guide on free Christmas events.