The lighter way to enjoy Summer – FREE or low cost ideas!
Keeping the Mini Mumblers happy throughout the Summer Holiday doesn’t need to be expensive with these fun, FREE or low cost activities and events.
FREE Events throughout the Summer Holidays at:
Norwich Mumbler Summer Survival Meet-ups Meet fellow Norwich Mumblers! Norfolk Library Service are doing Bounce and Rhyme sessions and providing a book area, and Castle Mall are providing free water and squash for kids. 30th July and 13th August, 9.30am-11am.
Castle Mall the Kastle Kids team are hosting a summer packed full of Under the Sea themed events totally FREE. Booking is not required unless stated and events all run from 11am – 3pm unless otherwise stated.
Norwich City Council Play days in park Why not pack a picnic and join us for a great local day out? FREE activity-packed days to delight and amuse children including craft-making, circus skills, magic shows, face painting, soft play and more. All activities run from 11am to 2pm.
Norwich City Council Kids theatre Experiments, yarns and mysterious creatures all play their part in this FREE outdoor theatre festival for children on every Friday in August.
intu Chapelfield FREE events on Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout the Summer for Kid’s Club members (Join here) Hop to it with GoGoHares and check out what’s happening this summer at the intu Family Club!
We live in such a beautiful city and are spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, gardens & nature reserves. Lots are free to enjoy or have a small entry fee. Have a walk, bike ride or take a picnic…Make it more exciting with nature bingo, a hunt or doing some leaf rubbings – Lots of free ideas available with a quick internet search.
Here’s just a few places to explore: The Broads – Ranworth and Salhouse have all been recommended by Mumblers Strumpshaw Fen Whitlingham Country Park Thetford Forest Holt Country Park Taverham Mill
Playgrounds We have so many parks and playgrounds to visit in Norwich. There is a list HERE, if you visit any then take a snap and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll post it on the listing for that park so other Mumblers can see what is there before they visit.
Norwich Munzee Trail Munzee is an exciting 21st century scavenger hunt for everyone to enjoy and it’s a great way to explore Norfolk. Have fun competing with your friends and family to hunt and capture a trail of QR codes hidden in the surroundings.
Geocaching The worlds largest outdoor treasure hunt – visit the website or download the free app. Mumbler tip:
“Be prepared that the app locations aren’t always bang on so you may have to do a bit of hunting when you get within the General area of a cache”
NW, April 17
The Walking in Norfolk page has LOADS of suggested walking trails. Each one has a PDF with details, including suitability and length.
Home based Activities (Save some for the rainy days, if we ever have rain again!) There were so many great ideas on last year’s post I’ve left them on and just added a few more 🙂
Board Games /Jigsaws – Dig out some board games or jigsaws and enjoy some old-fashioned fun.
DIY Pamper/Spa Day – Foot soaks, facemasks, nail painting, cucumbers on the eyes, hand massage, what a treat!!
Slime Making Mumbler Tip:
“We’ve had success with pva glue and Aldi Almat washing gel . ( we used the non bio one!) They put the pva in a bowl then gradually added the almat in tiny amounts keep adding and stirring till it starts to form the slime!!!”
KR, July 17
Scrap Booking – With so much going on in and around Norwich this Summer, there will be plenty for your little ones to put in a School Holiday scrap book. Keep leaflets/tickets etc for them to stick in, photos, maps & drawings, should keep them busy a while!
Karaoke / Disco dancing – turn on some tunes, get the hairbrush microphones out and sing and dance to your hearts content.
Olympics – With sports days done, the Mini Mumblers will be well used to sporting contests, so set up a mini Olympics. Obstacle courses, egg and spoon races, balls in buckets, the list goes on.
Pizza Making – Fun and gets a meal sorted at the same time. Either make your own base or buy ready made/pitta bread for a quick option.
Origami – Lots of patterns/instructions available online for free. Patience required!
Junk Modelling – Empty the recycling box and get creative. Space rockets, robots, wherever your imagination takes you!
Do GIANT drawings – I have had a giant roll of paper from IKEA for yonks and it’s still going. £4 well spent. You could draw round each other, create some story paths of your favourite stories (where you draw a path and then draw parts of the story in order down the path), practise letter/number writing or just do mark making.
Indoor Treasure Hunt – this would require a bit of organising but could keep them searching for a while! Choose written clues for older ones and picture clues for younger ones.
Other low cost activities
Cinema CitySaturday Kid’s Club is £2 and Toddler time entry is £3 children, adults free Wild Challenge FridaysRSPB Strumpshaw Fen. Normal reserve prices apply – RSPB members free, Adults £4.50, children (5-17years) £2.50. One child per family goes free. Plus £2.50 per child taking part in the event.
Free Fun Further Afield – the Norfolk Coast!
Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for plenty of trips to the beach- Winterton, Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Happisburgh, Hemsby – take your pick! See the Beaches in Norfolk page for more info.
Don’t forget there’s a Mumbler free activity ideas sheet this year too:
Let me know if you have any more great FREE or low cost ideas for the summer holidays that I can add.
Cheap eats for kids
Eating out? Try one of the following places for their KIDS deals:
Jamie’s Italian – From 20 July until 19 August, your little ones can eat for free at Jamie’s Italian. For every main course you order, one of your children can enjoy a meal, on us. Have a wonderful summer!
Just show the code below to your server when you visit.
582 143 867
Frankie & Benny’s – You just need to download their voucher for kids to eat for £1 until first week September.
Giraffe – Kids eat free with every main meal purchased
Las Iguanas – Kids eat free with every main adult meal from a la carte purchased
Hungry Horse – Family deals for £15. Monday – Kids up to 8 years eat for £1.
Zak’s – Love Club members Kids eat free throughout the Summer holidays from 30th July
If you post pics on Facebook/Twitter or Instagram of your Summer activities, tag Norwich Mumbler (@Mumblernorwich on Twitter, @norwich_mumbler on Instagram) and use the hashtag #mumblersummer for your change to win a Mumbler bag!! One winner each week 🙂