Secret shopping guru Penny Golightly's five fab ways to have family fun without spending a fortune this spring
Easter egg hunt for under a fiver? Tick. Weekend break that won't break the bank? Tick. This season, there's a ton of family budget fun to be had, so pick your price and dive on in.
Have your kids done something fab they'd like to shout about? Tell Blue Peter about it and they could win a coveted Blue Peter badge that gets them (not you, unfortunately) free entry into over 200 attractions across the country. The badges are awarded to kids who send in original and interesting letters, emails and stories – so get your thinking caps on.
Not sure what to do with the kids over the Easter break? Cadbury and the National Trust are teaming up to create 'Eggsplorers' Easter egg hunts at over 250 venues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Entry is priced at £2 per head, and all children will receive a chocolate treat.
Also on an Easter theme, look out for fairs and festivals, such as the Easter Fair & Farm Friends at Castle Howard, near York. There's loads to keep kids of all ages happy; the fair is free, but you'll need to pay for entry to the gardens. Adult tickets are £9.50, children £6.
Take advantage of the Kellogg's 'Grown-Ups Go Free' offer (valid up to 30 June 2016), for big savings on tickets for Thorpe Park, Legoland, Sea Life Centres & Sanctuaries, Aquazone at the National Aquatic Centre Dublin and many more.
A bit more (but cheaper than going abroad)
The YHA isn't just for students. It has private family rooms in several of its hostels, starting from as low as £39 per night. They're in some amazing locations around the UK and close to many tourist attractions, making them the perfect base for cheap breaks away with the kids. You can self-cater to keep your costs down even more. It's also worth signing up to their newsletter to get extra deals and voucher codes.
On a budget? Find out how much you could save every month with our handy savings calculator.
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