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Article: Half-term holidays on a shoestring

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The kids' half-term school holidays can often leave parents with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's great to have some extra time with your little ones (even if that does mean you end up twice as exhausted as usual!) - but when money's tight, deciding how to keep them entertained can be difficult.

But worry not. There are all kinds of ways you could keep the kids occupied this half term - and http://www.gregorypennington.co.uk have drawn up these top tips that could do just the trick. And all without any cries of 'Daaaad, I'm BORED!' (fingers crossed).


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You don't have to spend a fortune on days out to theme parks and fun fairs. From the educational but entertaining - such as art galleries and science museums - to food festivals, craft fairs and everything in between, there could be a free event in your neck of the woods that could provide an affordable, interesting day out.


Head to the local pool
An afternoon's swimming is not only great exercise - and a good way to get your little ones away from the TV/games console for a few hours! - but it can be great fun too.

Why not have a look what events they have on at your local leisure centre? Some have 'family fun days', or discount swimming lessons for kids - and you could even get a few lengths in yourself!


Explore the outdoors
Consider making the most of the crisp autumn weather by wrapping up warm and taking your kids out to explore the countryside. You could go spotting birds, deer, frogs and other wildlife, explore streams and climb trees and hills - all while getting some fresh air.

And what's more, it won't cost you a penny to enjoy (apart from the cost of getting there), so you don't have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket.


Get crafty!
October's not exactly the best time of year when it comes to guaranteeing some nice weather. But if you do have a few rainy days (and let's face it - you probably will), why not keep the kids entertained with an arts and crafts day?

You'll probably already have some paint, paper, glue and other bits and bobs lying around (pipe cleaners, glitter, old shells, etc.) - and even if you don't, you could get hold of these things pretty cheaply at a craft shop.

All you'll need to do then is let your kids' imagination run free: you could make collages, decorate mugs, paint each other's portraits, create sculptures… just make sure you cover the kitchen table first!


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