Children cooking - ideas for what to do in the holidaysGetty

Wondering what to do with the kids over half term?
Here are 10 things to do for less than a fiver.

Get the kids in free at Legoland

Not got the cash for a family trip to another theme park this year? Get the kids in free at Legoland Windsor or Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester by taking along a 'Nutella' lid. Just look out for special branded jars and you'll get one free child entry worth nearly £30.

Get the kids off the couch

Book some free football coaching sessions through www.tesco.com/football. Designed for children aged 5 – 11, each session lasts around two hours and you can search online for your nearest location along with dates and availability.

Hit some balls at the driving range

You don't have to be a golf club member to use the driving range. Check first as some places just let you pop along and pay around £2 for a basket of balls and it's a great way for the kids to work off some energy! Save money on club hire borrowing from friends or pick some up on www.freecycle.org

Get cooking

Keep the kids sweet with foolproof cake mixes for family fun. Green's new range includes Barbie, Thomas the Tank and Tom & Jerry and each batch is quick and easy to make. And there's activity sheets and stickers to keep everyone amused during cooking time! Packs cost around £1.70 in supermarkets. Better still try our easy peasy, spooky spider Halloween cup cake recipe here.

Circus skills workshop

Get your kids mastering the art of tightrope walking, juggling, plate spinning and unicycle riding at Haynes Motor Museum near Yeovil, Somerset. The circus workshop runs throughout half term and entry to the museum and circus workshop costs £4.95 for children. Other attractions there sitting in a replica of one of Michael Schumacher's F1 cars and you can snap up a 50p entry discount voucher at www.moneysupermarket.com.
Kids go free at the Hayes Motor Museum with our printable discount voucher.

Visit the Harry Potter movie set

Well ok there's no one single location as the films have been shot all over Britain but here's a few famous, and free, ones you can pop along to.

Durham Cathedral was the site of the snow covered quadrangle where Harry set free the owl in the first film and it's the scene of Ron's slug vomiting in Chamber of Secrets. And an optician's shop in London's Leadenhall Market was used as the entrance to the wizard pub 'the leaky cauldron'. Check www.visitbritainsuperblog.com for more free to view Harry Potter locations.

Get drawing

'The Big Draw' is the largest drawing festival in the world and takes place during October. Free events including workshops, mural design and creating comic strips and take place around the country at museums, galleries and nature centres. Check out the website to find out what's in your area.

Free beauty treatments

Older girls will love this - only catch is you'll have to do the washing first as the deal comes with promotion packs of Bold '2 in 1' infusions. Pop the product barcode into www.boldpampertreats.com and book your free manicure or pedicure at over 700 locations across the UK.

Lifeboat station open days

You can take a look round most lifeboat stations all year round and calling in advance usually means you'll get a free guided tour. If you're in Norfolk pop down to Cromer Lifeboat station (www.rnli.org.uk) on 23rd October for it's annual open day from 11am. You'll get to meet the crews and tour the station and if you buy drinks and cakes you'll be helping raise much needed funds as it can cost around £100,000 year to maintain one boat.

Free swimming

Grab a 500 or 750ml bottle of Schweppes Abbey Well water for around 50p and you can get a free swim at over 400 pools when you take along the promotional bottle top. These are the ones with 'Sch...wim' on them and are valid until January. Check the website for terms and conditions and opening times at individual pools.


For more holiday inspiration, check out these articles:

Great ideas for keeping your family happy this holiday

Affordable days out and things to do

10 ways to make family holidays affordable


What are you planning to do this half term?