May half term family fun for under £10

May 13, 2022

Family fun doesn’t need to have a price tag. Check out some of our top picks of family friendly activities for May half term that are also kind to the wallet!


Two children flying kites in a field during the half term holidays


Cheap things to do in half term

Are you staying at home for the May half term holidays? Looking for some family friendly entertainment for the kids that won’t break the bank? Then look no further. Keep minds and bodies active with a selection of family days out, creative activities and entertainment for under £10.


Half term activities for under £10

May half term is only a week and this year I’m sure it’ll go surprisingly quickly with a wonderful extended bank holiday weekend at the end of it. It should be the ideal time to get out in the great outdoors. I say that tentatively because you just never know what the British weather will have in store for us. So you’ll find a selection of cheap and free activities for all weather occasions below. 


Outdoor half term activities 

Getting out in the fresh air with your family doesn’t need to be expensive this half term. A lot of the time it’s the eating out that ends up costing the most so why not save money and stock up on picnic food that you can prep quickly and take with you for these fun-filled outdoor activities:


  • Splash pads. Councils are opening up more and more of these fun play areas for kids. They are normally free water features in town centres or parks ideal for kids to run in and out of and cool down on sunny days. 
  • Picnic in the park. Check out the Green Flag Award site for a list of fantastic, award-winning free parks and green spaces throughout the world. Use the search option to select the area of the UK you’re interested in, pack up your sandwiches and meet up with some friends. These parks are often equipped with the latest play equipment so if your kids fancy a zip-wire adventure chances are you’ll be able to find one for free.
  • Strawberry picking. Strawberries are in season from late May/early June. Search for your local pick your own farms to see what is available for picking.
  • Rock pooling or pond dipping. All you need is a net and a bucket to discover all types of mysterious sea life or freshwater creatures. 


Half term activities for teens

How about encouraging your teens to get active this half term? Whether with you or with their friends there are cheap and free events happening in your local area that are worth checking out:

  • Get on your bikes. You can find an area locally to you or search for a safe off-road trail that everyone can enjoy. 
  • Have a go playing tennis. Many local parks have courts that you can turn up and play in but if you fancy a bit of coaching there are places you can try out tennis for free? Free two-hour coaching sessions are available to children in 38 different locations throughout the UK. Discover if there’s one close to you.
  • Local leisure centres. In most areas, council-run leisure centres offer free swimming sessions for kids or discounted events like trampolining and roller discos to encourage children to try out new sports in the school holidays. Pop in to your local leisure centre and find out what’s on during the week.
  • Park runs – These are freely available for the whole family and events run throughout the year. Look for your local park runs here


Educational activities

There are plenty of ways you can build a love of learning at half term without your children realising! Try these events for starters:

  • Library events. Now that Covid restrictions are fully lifted, libraries are able to return to a host of activities to keep the holidays varied. Check out free events at your local library. 
  • Check out a museum or art gallery. We are so lucky to have so many free museums throughout the UK. They will often host additional kid events during half term too so take a look on their websites.
  • Visit Explore Learning. Have you seen our centres and wondered what goes on in there? Then half term is a great time to pop along and visit our vibrant education centres. You can even have a free trial session. Meet our tutors and discover a learning environment that puts the joy into learning!

Great days out in half term

We’re hoping to prove that days out don’t have to be all about the expensive theme parks, theatre shows and trips to Harry Potter Studios. Save them for a special occasion. You can still make wonderful memories in a low cost way.

  • Explore a nature reserve. The Wildlife Trusts manage some beautiful nature reserves throughout the country. Many are free for families to visit all year around. Why not see if you can spot some wildlife this half term on one of their family trails? Perhaps you’ll even get to see some of our protected wildlife like the red squirrel.
  • Visit a Gruffalo. In a deep,dark forest near you there may be a gruffalo and some friends waiting to be discovered. Forestry England has a range of Gruffalo sculptures and activity walks throughout the country. 
  • Jubilee celebrations. This half term coincides with hundreds of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events happening throughout the country culminating in the special bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate history and culture with your children. CBBC also has a special schedule for the whole weekend.


Indoor half term activities

If the weather doesn’t work out as we hoped there’s always some entertaining indoor options to keep us all occupied. 

  • Cinema mornings. Odeon Kids and Vue Mini Mornings offer low price kids screenings every day of the holidays. These aren’t the latest movies but if you love them or missed them the first time around they can be a great way to kick off your day (especially if it’s wet!).
  • Get crafty. Need inspiration for a rainy day craft? It’s an ideal time to use those colouring books, paints or activity sets that have been stacked in your children’s cupboard for a while. Why not get them out and try making something new from our free rainy day resources. 
  • Come dine with me. Why not plan a cooking day or multiple days throughout the week? Your children can take it in turns to make a meal and you can all vote on the results. Check out these child-friendly recipes to try with children of all ages.


Whatever you find yourselves doing this half term we hope it’s filled with memorable family moments and simple pleasures. 

Mastering new skills, inside and outside of the classroom, is incredibly rewarding. That’s why at Explore Learning, we believe it’s important to get the right balance of nurturing, learning and results. Find out how we do this in a free trial session.

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