For many families summer holidays mean balancing work with keeping kids entertained while not trying to spend too much!  

At OwnLife Fostering, we understand this can add to the normal daily stresses. To help, we’ve compiled a list of free or affordable things to do during the summer holidays. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities we hope will be enjoyable for both kids and adults!  

National Trust 

Escape to the countryside with the National Trust. They have beautiful sites found all across the UK full of educational and fun activities for both adults and children, as well as parks, cafes, and shops. 

National Trust has opened its houses for the public across the UK. Be sure to check each location for their rules regarding booking and group sizes as well as any restrictions due to COVID-19. National Trust tickets are released every Friday for the following week. 


Museums are the perfect place to go on those rainy summer days. Many museums across London offer free entry often with free or affordable events running throughout summer. 

The Natural History Museum has an exciting exhibition combining the magic of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World with the wonders of the natural world.  

The Science Museum is a great place to brush up on science. And, the Museum of London gives fascinating insight into the history of London dating back to its Roman origins. 

These museums require booking in advance to ensure numbers are kept at a safe level. 

Outdoor activities 

Fun can also be had out in the fresh air, and after a year of lockdown this is long overdue! 

Places like the Olympic Park are free to visit and explore. Or why not go for a picnic at St James’ Park where you can watch pelicans being fed at 14.30pm after seeing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace which starts at 10.45am.  

Farms in London are also an exciting day out for kids, why not try Vauxhall City Farm which is home to their very own alpacas! 

Online events 

For those days you are found at home and wanting to keep kids entertained there are still a lot of online events to keep them preoccupied. 

Fantastic for Families is a great organisation which lists online events from workshops to theatre shows. Plenty of the events are free while others may have a small fee. Other places to find online activities are the Tate Kids and the BBC. 

Share your holiday ideas  

We hope we have offered and inspired a range of activities for you and your children to participate in over the holidays.  

Why not follow us on social media and let us know any great places that you go to over the holidays. We would love to hear from you and share your ideas with our foster carer community.  

We understand how difficult it can be so at OwnLife Fostering that’s why we offer our foster carers 24/7 support. If you are interested in becoming a professional foster carer learn more about how to become a foster carer with OwnLife Fostering. 

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