Savvy mum reveals half term hacks to have a fun-filled week on next to nothing

IT’S not easy to keep the kids entertained without busting the budget, especially in February half term when the weather’s often not great.

Days out, trips to soft play and activities like bowling and swimming all quickly add up – so here are my top tips to keeping it cheap.

I managed to have a half <a href=term holiday with my kids that barely cost a thing” height=”960″ width=”720″ class=”lazyload” src=”” data-credit=”Catherine Lofthouse” data-sizes=”(max-width: 375px) 335px, (max-width: 520px) 480px, 620px” data-img=”″ srcset=” 335w, 480w, 620w, 670w, 960w, 1240w, 1005w, 1440w, 1860w, 1340w, 1920w, 2480w” bad-src=”data:image/svg+xml,%3Csvg xmlns="" viewBox="0 0 0.8 1"%3E%3C/svg%3E”/


I managed to have a half term holiday with my kids that barely cost a thingCredit: Catherine Lofthouse
There are lots of deals with supermarket cards and phone contracts


There are lots of deals with supermarket cards and phone contractsCredit: Catherine Lofthouse

Check your school holiday dates

My top tip for bagging a bargain is to check whether your half term week is the same as neighbouring areas.

One year, we stayed at Butlins for off-peak prices because our half term holiday dates were out of sync with the rest of the country.

In the Midlands, most of us will be off school from February 20th, but in London and the South, the half term holiday is mainly the week before.

That means you’ll get better availability and deals if you head out of your own area, even if it’s only to the next door county.

Warning over Feb half term travel chaos with Border Force strikes planned
The overnight family city break in February half term for under £50

I’ve bagged three midweek matinee tickets to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Milton Keynes Theatre for just £35 using this hack.

Because our half term is a week later than MK’s, the date I wanted had good availability on tickets with a range of prices, unlike the midweek matinee the week before, when most local

Read the rest