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Things to do on a budget with children this summer holidays

A poll of 1,000 mums and dads, with children aged between five and 16, found free museums, nature walks and water fights are among the top ways to keep youngsters entertained on a budget.

Many also swear by making the most of cheap cinema tickets to keep them busy on rainy days, while others camp in the garden to keep them occupied.

Others have been making the most of their resources around the home by setting up treasure hunts to keep them busy for hours – and away from their screens.

The Bolton News: The top 10 ways parents keep kids entertained in the summer on a budgetThe top 10 ways parents keep kids entertained in the summer on a budget (Image: Getty/Everste)

But the rising cost-of-living is impacting parents’ finances, with six in 10 unable to spend as much as they would have liked on activities this summer.

The research was commissioned by Santander to highlight its online Financial Health Check and budget calculator, which includes a range of support and tips.

Josie Clapham, director of financial support at the bank, said: “With the school holidays only a few days away and the cost-of-living still on the rise, many parents will be worried about the additional costs they will face this summer.

“For many, this year will be even trickier than before, so if you are feeling the pinch, you are not alone.”

Top 10 ways to keep children entertained this summer

  1. Go to the beach
  2. Go to the park
  3. Nature walks
  4. Picnics
  5. Free museums
  6. Go swimming
  7. Go on a bike ride
  8. Go to the cinema
  9. Walk the dog
  10. Water fights

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