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In this Episode of theShugrHeds…
…Ben and Lottie show us their Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween in a battle for Squash Slicing Supremacy! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween by theShugrHeds

In one of my previous blogs I wrote about the pressures of surviving the summer holidays. Well, here are just a few of the things we like to get up to.

We used to have Chessington annual passes, and I think these are fantastic value, especially when it is on your doorstep. We have had many a fun, cheap day out with the kids there. Just pack yourself a picnic and you can spend hours of fun, walking round the Zoo, Sea Life centre, shows and of course the rides. They have things for all ages and with an annual pass, you don’t mind if you are not there for the entire day – you don’t feel like you are missing out or not getting your monies worth.

I would really recommend getting annual tickets to your local theme park. The only thing is you need to have the funds to pay a large amount up front, but if you can do it, it is worth it if that sort of thing interests you and your brood.

We didn’t renew them this year and I wish we had, I’ve missed it!

Happy Halloween 2017 from theShugrHeds

Happy Halloween 2017 from theShugrHeds

Let’s go to the Cinema

I love a trip to the cinema too in the holidays; most of the chains have some sort of kids club deal where tickets only cost a couple of pounds each. Films are usually ones that are no longer being shown as new releases, and our kids don’t mind seeing a film again; even seem to need to, and just love the ambiance of the cinema.

The world is your oyster

For anyone living inside the M25, around London, get a Zip Oyster card for the kids! You pay £10 for the card, 5 -10 year olds travel FREE on trains and buses, and 11 -15 year old travel free on London buses but pay a discounted rate on trains. It’s great for impromptu (or planned) visits to London and all it has to offer – especially the museums. One place I am desperate to take them to is Kidzania!

Ben went with his school a couple of years ago and LOVED it! What a fantastic idea and a great experience for kids. I will blog about it when I finally get round to taking them.

Pumpkin Carving 2017 from theShugrHeds

Pumpkin Carving 2017 from theShugrHeds

Blue Peter Badge Time!

Now, I have something that you may not know about…
You can get your kids to do a little bit of work and apply for a Blue Peter badge that will get them in FREE to so many places. Look out for our blog post and You tube video on how to go about it!

Social clubs and Keeping Occupied

The one thing I would strongly recommend for a bit of salvation in the holidays is to enquire at your local church(es) about any holiday clubs that they might run. There are a few in our area and they are both a God send and a success. You don’t need to be an avid church goer or believer to attend and in my experience, not all are overly preachy. They do of course talk about God, spread his word and cover stories from the Bible, but it is more about having a good time, making new friends, doing arts and crafts and playing games.

I have always found them to be warm, welcoming, fun and friendly. It costs next to nothing and, more importantly, means you get a few hours to yourself to do as you wish!! Bliss!

Pumpkin Carving ALL DONE 2017 from theShugrHeds

Pumpkin Carving ALL DONE 2017 from theShugrHeds

Have you got any top tips for a stress free school holidays? Let us know!

***Spoiler alert***

Keep a look out for a blog coming soon on how to gain access to over 200 attractions all over the country for FREE!!

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