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ENTERTAINING THE KIDS during the long six-week break can often cost just as much as a jetting off to the sun, with one survey claiming British parents spend over £2000 on family days out alone.

Without a magic money tree, the thought of entertaining the kids for six whole weeks can seem like an impossible task, but don’t worry; the experts at have put their thinking caps on and come up with a list of ways to make sure everyone is happy this holiday.

Enjoy a crafternoon at home

Make your own in-house ‘art gallery’ at the start of the holidays and spend one day a week filling them with your own crafty creations. If you are not very arty, don’t worry, Pinterest has thousands of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Why not make the most of the nice weather by collecting your materials from the garden or celebrate summer by making your own ‘palm’ trees using your family handprints!

Enjoy the great outdoors

Hitting the beach or exploring your local woodland is all completely free! Why not go on your own wildlife safari and see how many animals, birds and insects you can spot or hold your own sports day on the beach. All that fresh air is bound to tire them out.

Save up your air miles

Being clever with your credit card can mean big rewards. Whether you want to save up for your next family holiday, or just fancy a cheeky flight upgrade, loads of credit cards offer you the chance to bank air miles as you spend. Travel rewards or ‘Avios’ are also offered by a lot of the big credit card companies and there is the potential to earn some great rewards – from show tickets and days out, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Check out our handy credit card comparison table 

Feast on your supermarket points

There are loads of options for you to earn points just by using your credit card, from Nectar to Club Card points, these cards are a great way to save a bit of money and save up for when the kids are eating you out of house and home. Providers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer reward points to spend on your weekly shop. 

Have play-dates

And finally, remember that your friends are all in the same boat! Set up a play-date rota and each takes a turn at hosting over the holidays. Have a movie and snacks day, set up a tent in the back-garden or make-and-do, the kids will love hanging out with their friends and you can relax a little too!

Check out our Wisdom Section for some straightforward and simple advice, detangling the mystic world of finance.