21 Summer Holiday Outings With Kids For Less Than A Tenner

Ellie Sylvester
Feb 29, 2024 By Ellie Sylvester
Originally Published on Aug 04, 2019
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Put your pennies away and your sunglasses on! The summer holidays are finally here and we've rounded up over 20 incredible ways to fill your days for less than £10. You don't have to spend big to have big fun and we're here to prove it. Whether you're looking to scoff your face with ice cream, find your inner artist or get sporty this summer, we've got it all. Check it out down below and keep cool this summer holiday with our 21 holiday outings for less than a tenner.

1. Soar over to the De Havilland Museum 

Calling all aviation fanatics! Put your feet in gear and come on down to the incredible De Havilland Museum. Put on your captain’s hat and come face to face with iconic aircrafts, get suited and booted in pilot gear and take off with Kidadl’s kids go free offer! You’d be plane silly to miss this.

2. Go barmy at Barnfest 2019

Barnfest is back for its fifth year and it’s bigger and better than ever. From as little as a fiver, babies and toddlers can enjoy the wide range of engaging shows that run throughout the day. From the famous Boogiewoogies to epic disco sessions, the fun never stops. To top it all off - there’s even free face-painting - are you a classic butterfly or a daring superhero kind of person?

3. Head to the priceless Bank of England Museum 

Yes, it really is priceless! Come on down to the free Bank of England Museum, see how money is made, how coins have changed and how to tell real bank notes from fake at this small and family-friendly museum. Budding bankers will even get the opportunity to lift a gold bar worth nearly half a million pounds!

a little girl and boy at the bank of england museum looking at an exhibit

4. Go back in time at the Firle Vintage Fair

If your kids are crazy for festivals or you’ve got a mini magpie in your family, The Firle Vintage Fair is back for another year and is guaranteed to make the perfect summer day out in the beautiful Sussex countryside. From just a fiver, try your hand at the Charleston lindy-hop, fairy wand and fresh flower wreath-making and, of course, sit back and enjoy a performance of the traditional Punch and Judy show - he’s behind you!

5. Get stuck into some serious craft with The Kids’ Table 

Forget iPads and tablets at the table, how about glitter, paint and felt tips galore? With The Kids’ Table let your little ones go craft crazy under the watchful eye of the Kids’ Table entertainers for free! This pop-up service allows grown-ups to enjoy a nice meal at various locations and have some much needed ‘me time’ whilst their mini artists are encouraged to unleash their creativity and get stuck into some serious craft.

6. Enjoy the great outdoors at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Stroll on over to the heart of East London and explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Home to London’s 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, zigzag through the water fountains, climb the ArcelorMittal Orbit and soar down the world’s tallest tunnel slide. And don’t forget your bike because there are over 560 acres of land just waiting to be cycled on! 

kids racing down the slide at the Olympic Park


7. Find yourself at the Foundling Museum 

Head to the Foundling Museum this summer for your dose of history, heartfelt artwork and hospitals for half the price (£6)! Immerse yourself in philanthropist Thomas Coram’s world and experience everything from music and educational exhibitions to family-oriented fun. And you can't forget the exclusive Hetty Feather trail, inspired by Jacqueline Wilson, where you'll be able to explore Hetty's life as a foundling. 

8. Scoff some ice cream at Lewis of London

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Stroll down to the free, local Lewis of London farm in Barnet and lap up some delicious home-made ice cream. Choose from a whole host of interesting and unique flavours and don’t forget to take advantage of Kidadl’s 15% off take-away ice cream tubs to continue the freeze all summer long. Deeeelicious.

9. Slide down to Under 1 Roof

If you're looking for somewhere new and exciting to take your tiniest tots for under a fiver, then Under 1 Roof's Palace Gardens play area and soft play space is the place for you. Let your little ones develop motor skills and socialisation, all within the most incredible, colourful, palace-themed space. They'll be climbing and jumping and sliding all over the play areas and making new friends as they go - wheee!

10. Unleash your inner adventure at Sally’s Adventure Club

Calling all adventurers, enrol in Sally’s Adventure Club in Highgate Wood for as little as £8! Come rain or shine, Sally is always keen to get everyone out in the fresh air and exploring. In her jam-packed 45 minute sessions, go on the hunt for creepy crawlies on nature trails, sing and dance, learn about the changing seasons, how to read maps, and ignite your little one's imagination! 

11. Hunt for fossils at Walton-on-the-Naze beach

Perfect for any budding architects in your family, Walton-on-the-Naze is home to a mile-long unspoiled headland, oozing with fossils just waiting to be found! Look out for shark teeth and pyritised twigs as you make your way through a seaside timeline of Earth's history. Don’t forget your magnifying glass!

12. Go on a voyage of discovery at the Big Barbican Adventure

Get set and explore the Barbican Centre with this free, do-it-yourself trail specially designed with families in mind. Solve cryptic puzzles, create new drawings and play games while exploring the fascinating labyrinth that is the Barbican Centre. Those who manage to complete the trail can even redeem their very own prize. Get solving!

kid on dads shoulders at big barbican adventure

13. Putt your skills to the test with Plonk Golf

Tee off your summer holidays with Plonk Crazy Golf for as little as £3.50. Whether you think you're the next Tiger Woods or you've never so much as touched a golf club before, Plonk is the perfect family day out. Whether it's Camden Market, London Fields, Islington or the Horniman Museum, every location is a whole new ball game with amazing features that will have you and your mini golfers bursting with excitement.

14. Let off some steam at the London Museum of Water & Steam

If your kids are mad for machinery or wacky for water play – the London Museum of Water and Steam is where you should be headed this summer holiday! From just £4, explore everything there is to learn about London's water supply history to the first steam engines and everything in between. And now that it’s heating up, make sure you stop by the splash zone and splash about using gears, wheels, buckets, pumps and more.

15. Get artsy at the Frieze Sculpture Park

Art attack! Head to the Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park for a slice of culture this summer. Perfect for art lovers of all ages, witness pieces from leading galleries all around the globe and check out some epic sculptural work from incredibly talented artists up close all for free. 

16. Show off your dad dancing with Raver Tots

Who said rave parties are just for adults? With Raver Tots, the dance floor is anybody's. Whether you like to dab or floss, come and show off your moves at one of the UK’s biggest family rave events from £8 with Kidadl’s 20% discount. Expect face painting, bubble blasters, balloons and of course a huge dance floor where you can let it loose with your tots. Grab your glow sticks and rave on down!

girl with facepaint on shoulder singing at raver tots


17. Sit back and relax in front of the big screen at Regent Street Cinema

Curtain up! If you’ve had enough of the heat, head to the iconic Regent Street Cinema, get comfy and watch some family favourites on the big screen. With Kidadl, adults go free to screenings of The Secret Life of Pets 2 and The Queen’s Corgi, so it’ll cost you less than a fiver - woof!

18. Dip your toes in the sea at Brighton Beach 

No summer holiday is complete without a trip to the beach so head down to Brighton - one of the best beaches of all time. Make a splash in the sea, chow down on some of the city's famous rock, soar a staggering 450ft in the air on Brighton’s i360, rent a deck chair, watch the sun set and scoff some traditional fish and chips. Mmmm.

19. Brush up at the British Dental Association Museum

Brush up on your knowledge of dentistry at the free British Dental Association Museum. Discover dentures from the Battle of Waterloo and even learn how to extract a tooth by yourself - ouch! Featuring unexpectedly fun and unique exhibits, the BDA Museum houses over 25,000 objects spanning 500 years of dental history and will make you and your whole family leave with a toothy smile!

two girls splashing about in water jets on a hot day

20. Splash about in Granary Square 

When the heat gets a little too much, head to Granary Square in Kings Cross and splash about in the fountains - completely free, just make sure you remember your swimming costume! With over a thousand choreographed jets, squirting water in each and every direction, it’s the perfect way to cool off this summer right in the heart of London. 

21. Have the slime of your life at Slime Planet

Sun's out, gunk's out! Become a certified slime scientist at Slime Planet and learn everything there is to know about this gooey goodness while you make some magical glow-in-the-dark goo. Slime flies when you're having fun! (Hopefully not literally...)

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Written by Ellie Sylvester

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English

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Ellie SylvesterBachelor of Arts specializing in English

As a passionate Londoner, Ellie enjoys exploring the city's theaters and food markets with her younger siblings. She has a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nottingham. She's particularly fond of Primrose Hill and the Natural History Museum, as well as the constantly changing Spitalfields Market. In addition to her love of theater, Ellie also enjoys trying new foods and dabbling in musical theater.

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