Entertaining the kids over Christmas isn’t always an easy task, nor cheap. Sure, you could fork out for a day at an amusement park or the local activity centre, but that’s a lot of extra strain so soon after Christmas day.
But never fear – You & Your Money is on hand with some helpful suggestions to keep the young ones occupied on a budget.
While it’s nice to just get away from the world for a day or two and enjoy some festive fun with your family, cabin fever can quickly set in. Thankfully there’s a number of free events around Ireland this December and January, including free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains, free admission to the Hook Lighthouse Arrow Ceremony in Wexford, a range of free activities at the National Museum of Ireland, or Limerick city’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.
Christmas treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are a great way to spend an hour or two over the holidays. Hide a selection box and several Christmas-themed clues to its location somewhere around the house. Instructables has got four handy methods for creating a treasure hunt. As an added bonus, it might just tire them out and give you a chance to relax!
Christmas movies are a great part of the festive season – what kid doesn’t want to watch re-runs of Indiana Jones and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Christmas Day? If you’ve just got Saorview or a limited TV package, there’s no need to fork out on pricey upgrades. Why not simply subscribe to Netflix for a month for free?
While the Irish library isn’t as extensive as others, there’s still plenty for the younger generation to enjoy, like Back to the Future, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Five Children and It (and plenty for the adults too, including In Bruges, Bridesmaids and John Wick).
Bring out the board games
A great way to while away a Christmas afternoon are boardgames – I’ve got fond memories of Monopoly, Guess Who and Cluedo (at least before the arguments began) after a marathon session of unwrapping presents. Many board games can be expensive, particularly if you’re buying more than one, but Education.com has got some free printable winter and Christmas options.