No Spend Half Term? Holiday Survival

Cut spending during spring break half term holidays

The low down on the best free – ish things to do with the kids on a budget.

Holiday camps are expensive, time is precious & I really want the best for my children. Like all of us! Which means, keeping spending under control can be hard. It’s important the kids are provided with a happy childhood filled with great memories. So, how do we make that happen? Is it really possible to have a no-spend half term AND have a great time?

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Yes! You can start by looking for stuff in your area. There’s so many fun things you and your family can do that won’t cost you a penny, or at least be cheap & there’s certainly plenty you can also do at home if the weather isn’t so great.

So here is my run down of ways to survive half term without going broke!

A night at the movies

No, not at the actual movies – Grab a cheap DVD or stick on Netflix, or watch something on Flashback Comics and Games and stock up on snacks, then set the mood with the lights off and lots of Homemade nachos and popcorn.

Fairy Tales On The River

A world of myths fairies & brave knights awaits along with live performances & FREE movie screenings every day during the half term at Riverland Dubai Parks & Resorts

Get Your Nose In A Book

Check out what activities your local library or book shop has going on over half-term, they’re often cheap or free and your kids might even learn something! Umm Sequim Public Library boasts an array of activities with a separate children’s section, with a reading hall, activity room & audio-visual facilities including, cultural educational movies, drawing competitions & workshops, seminars & lectures for children! @ Umm Sequim Public Library


Baking ingredients aren’t always cheap, so keep it simple with a basic sponge or keep costs down with a cake kit! (although I prefer home made as you can be sure it has no nasties!) Try flapjacks, rice crispy cakes or decorating biscuits make good budget options.

Mummy Mondays – Riverland

Is a FREE weekly event with soft play, arts & crafts, pilates classes & exclusive offers just for you lovely mums, so grab some friends & get some coffee & cake while the kids enjoy the free activities! – Mummy Mondays @ Riverland Dubai

Decorate a T-shirt

Most kids will love the chance to decorate their own clothes. Find something they don’t wear any more, then round up any felt pens and craft supplies you have lying around and let them get stuck in!

Get Jungle Fever @ Burjuman

Jungle Journey has just arrived at BurJuman Mall & it promises to keep the little ones entertained (&hopefully burn some energy) From 3pm to 10pm daily during the half term little explorers aged 2-4 can enjoy a toddler activity zone & those aged 4-12 can head to the Central Atrium, and enter a mysterious world of jungle adventure – Jungle Journey

Rise Festival

Dubai Creek Harbour hosts a fun filled weekend every weekend from midday till late & has everything to keep the family entertained. With live performances, food concepts, kids activities, park area, outdoor cinema, pop up markets & workshops. Best bit is it’s all FREE! – Rise DCH

Block Park

Check out the D3 Design District newest park it features a skate park, basketball and volley ball court, climbing frames, hammocks a fantastic climbing wall and as well as the table tennis tables, there’s the endless entertainment of boats and ferries passing by on the canal, with an urban beach as well as outdoor seating and entertainment areas. It’s sure to keep little & older ones busy, So why not pass on by! – Block Park

These are great, & there are also the traditional activities like a day at the beach, picnics, bike rides, nature hunts, rock collecting for crafts & lots more to keep the kids entertained without spending!

So there are some of my nifty ThrifDee things to do for FREE-ish this spring break/half term! Are you planning on doing something similar? Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to share!



  1. 28/03/2018 / 7:25 am

    Love this! the best way to save money is to stop shopping!

  2. 27/03/2018 / 6:52 pm

    Such great ideas! I need to forward this on to my sister!

  3. 27/03/2018 / 5:46 pm

    Great ideas, Dee! I love the unique suggestions, like something as simple as a movie night! Throw some pillows & blankets on the floor, pop some popcorn & turn out the lights!! 🙂

  4. 26/03/2018 / 11:33 am

    These are great ideas, thrifty and fun! Thanks for sharing.

    • 26/03/2018 / 11:38 am

      Thanks, glad you liked it, thanks for visiting!

  5. Jesyka
    25/03/2018 / 10:50 pm

    How awesome is this! I’m stoked about the Block Park – outdoor ACTIVities like this are my favorite.

  6. 25/03/2018 / 8:31 am

    I’m also a fan of Hamley’s art supplies.My toddler has an “egg crayon set”. And that Kitchen Aid looks amazing.

  7. 25/03/2018 / 8:25 am

    How stunning is that KitchenAid 🙂
    Baking is always such a winner activity!!
    We have holidays coming up as well next week!

    • 25/03/2018 / 11:35 am

      The KitchenAid is lovely isn’t it! & you’re right, you can never go wrong with baking! 🙂

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