Grand Adventures on a Budget! 

  • Published 15.03.2024

How to Save Money on Days Out with Your Grandchildren

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by Nick Daws

One of the many joys of being a grandparent is taking your grandchildren on days out. But while spending quality time with the young ones is priceless, the costs in pounds and pence can soon add up. 

Creating lasting memories doesn’t have to break the bank, though. With a bit of creativity and smart planning, you can enjoy wonderful adventures with your grandkids without emptying your purse or wallet. 

Here then are ten top tips for saving money while enjoying great days out with your grandchildren…

  1. Local Gems: Explore Your Neighbourhood

Often we overlook the wonders that are right in our own back yard. Take advantage of local parks, nature reserves and community events. Many towns and cities host free or low-cost activities, from outdoor concerts to farmers’ markets. Explore local trails, visit historical sites, or simply enjoy a picnic in the park.

  1. Membership Benefits: Consider Annual Passes

Look into buying annual passes for local attractions such as museums, zoos and theme parks. These passes often pay for themselves after just a few visits, offering unlimited access throughout the year. Additionally many memberships come with extra perks, such as discounts on food and souvenirs.

  1. Discounts and Vouchers: Hunt for Bargains

Keep an eye out for discounts and vouchers for popular attractions. Websites like Groupon, VoucherCodes and Living Social frequently offer deals on family-friendly activities. Local and national newspapers and community bulletin boards can also be great sources for discounted tickets and special promotions.

  1. Off-Peak Delights and Midweek Magic

Choosing off-peak times or midweek days for outings can significantly reduce costs. Many attractions offer discounted rates during less busy periods, making it a win-win situation. You’ll avoid crowds, enjoy a more relaxed experience, and save money on admission fees.

  1. Save Nine With a Stitch in TIme

You can often save money by booking in advance. Check out the website of the attraction you want to visit to see if this applies. In addition, growing numbers of attractions offer deals such as ‘Return in the next seven days for free’. Plan in advance to ensure you can take this up and get two days out for the price of one.

  1. DIY Adventure Days: Craft Your Own Fun

Consider planning DIY adventure days. Create a themed day with activities like crafting, baking or outdoor sports and games. You’ll not only save money but also have the chance to bond with your grandchildren while engaging in creative and educational activities.

  1. Public Transport and Car-Sharing: Green and Cost-Effective

If your outing requires transportation, consider using public transport for an affordable and eco-friendly option. Alternatively, arrange car-sharing with other family members or friends who may be interested in joining the adventure. Sharing travel expenses can significantly reduce the overall cost of a day out.

  1. Pack a Picnic: Delicious and Cost-Conscious

Dining out with the family can be expensive. Instead, pack a picnic with home-made sandwiches, snacks and refreshing drinks. Not only will you save money on meals, you’ll also have the flexibility to choose a scenic spot to enjoy your alfresco feast.

  1. Free Events and Festivals: Celebrate Local Culture

Keep an eye on local event calendars for free festivals, parades and community celebrations. These events often feature live entertainment, food stalls and activities suitable for all ages. Attending community events not only supports local businesses but can also provide a budget-friendly day out.

  1.  Movie Magic: Enjoy Cut-Price Trips to the Cinema

During the school holidays and most weekends many cinemas screen cheap kids’ movies. These films tend to be older ones that have been around for a while, but tickets are much cheaper and generally the same price for adults and for children. Showings are usually in the morning, around 10am, and will be called something like ‘Kids AM’ or ‘Kids Club’.

Closing Thoughts

Creating cherished memories with your grandchildren doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. 

By exploring local gems, taking advantage of memberships and discounts, and embracing off-peak adventures, you can enjoy quality time with your loved ones, without paying through the nose for it.

With a bit of creativity and thoughtful planning, every day out can become a grand adventure for you and your grandchildren – all the while keeping your bank manager happy as well!

  • As always, if you have any comments or questions about this article, please do leave them below. You must be registered with Over 60s Discounts and logged in to comment.

Nick Daws writes for Pounds and Sense, a UK personal finance and lifestyle blog aimed especially at older people.

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