I don’t know how you feel about the summer school holidays, but for me, the time absolutely flies!
Working in a school, I do look forward to any holidays, but for me the Summer ones are the BEST!
So, how do I cope with 2 kids and 6 weeks and not a lot of money?
We are lucky to be able to go abroad for 2 weeks of the summer holidays, so that definitely helps being out of the home for a fortnight, but that still leaves a month.
Money is key with me as everything seems to cost a fortune! So I try and find things that are either free or cost as little as possible.
This summer we have visited many places – mostly free! I’ll list some of them and give you a short description and opinion.
St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
There has been a great choice of activities during the summer holidays this year. As well as the gorgeous walks around the gardens and Castle, there have been various events throughout the summer. OK, the cost of parking is £5, so it’s not completely free, but take a picnic and a pac a mac and you can have a really nice, cheap day out. (If Pokemon has impacted your lives too, the place is full of Pokestops!)
We visit Cardiff Bay regularly, but throughout the summer they have a beach there! Ok, a large sand box…a very large sand box! But joking aside, there is loads to do. If you want to spend money, you can, as there are stalls and funfair rides there, but you have also got the whole of the Bay to walk around, as far over as the barrage if you want! Across the summer there have been various events including the Cardiff Harbour Festival which is this August Bank Holiday weekend. We can spend hours just wandering around down there but I like it best when there is some sort of event as it usually has street entertainers and live musc and it’s all FREE! You can park in various carparks there, but they can work out expensive if you are there all day. Public transport is readily available and cheaper!(And again, the pokestops are phenomenal!)
Victoria Park, Canton
Having got rid of the swimming pool, there is now a new “splash park” here, so we thought we’d try it out. My kids are a bit older than most that were using it, so were a bit uncomfortable just standing and running around lol. But if you have younger Primary age kids, this is ideal! Ok, very busy as you would expect and parking was a bit of a nightmare with traffic wardens hovering, so be careful! But along with the park area to play in and the splash park, we had a good couple of hours there. (Again pokestops galore)
Can you see a theme with our trips out so far? I have mastered the art of getting my kids out this summer! If there are Pokestops or Gyms or anything Pokemon related, my kids are there!
Check online for events or for more ideas where to go. Usually just googling places to go in South Wales or wherever you live brings up loads of ideas.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas. To be honest all 3 are suitable for all year round, you just need to dress for the weather!