Parents already facing credit card debts from the traditional gift-giving season and dreading back-to-school costs are also facing the long summer holidays, which can be an expensive time. Just two trips to the cinema for an adult and three kids will cost more than $100¹, a day for a family of four to a theme park could be as much as $228², while visiting a ten-pin bowling alley will set families back $40 or more³. And food on top of that!
Fortunately Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) has released of an eguide to help parents when children utter that dreaded phrase: “Mum, Dad, I’m Bored …?”
The eguide is divided into ideas for at home, in the park or yard, around the neighbourhood and in
Some ideas for days at home
- Write and perform a play: the children can write the script together, then be assigned different roles such as actors, director, stage design and costume maker.
- Make a special pizza and let the kids choose all the toppings.
Some ideas for in the park or yard
- Pitch a tent in the back yard – don’t forget the torch and mosquito repellent.
- Host a paper plane building and flying contest.
- Use a cheap disposable camera for a photography competition.
Some ideas for in the car
- Make a list of 20 items likely to be seen on your trip e.g. petrol stations, police cars, fast food outlets. The children call out and cross the item from the list as they see each one. First to 20 wins.
- Number plates: make up creatures from car number plates e.g. BDD could be “Big Dastardly Dragon”.
ASG’s “Mum, Dad, I’m Bored …?” eguide, which can be downloaded from the ASG website, lists 100 great free or cheap activity ideas to entertain children during the holidays. Visit the website www.asg.com.au