It’s the 3rd week of our school break this summer and already the costs are mounting up, those little things that even when you take part in a “free” activity you forget about, things like a coffee here, parking, ice-cream for the kids, replacing the bucket and spade that disappeared. And that’s not including the days out where you have to switch from your planned activity to something indoors due to the weather or spend another wet day wishing you had better waterproofs and the garden fork hadn’t gone through your wellington boot (yes true story!). In fact, I read some research last week that said that parents spend an additional £357 per child on days out and entertaining the kids during the summer holidays. So how can you save money, and spend quality time together during the summer months? We have a solution for you, using Groupon buy tickets and book in at some fantastic local attractions like we did with Flux Freestyle in Ipswich.
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Flux Freestyle is a Trampoline Park in Ipswich at Cardinal Park, under cover and near the town centre, it’s an ideal location to spend a Rainy Morning. Or even combine it with the local cinema and have a whole day of Rainy Day Activities especially with the summer break discounts offered there for Junior Screenings (check out your local cinema to see if they offer something similar).
As a family we hadn’t visited Flux before, to tell you the truth because I am not one for crowds and my only experiences of something remotely similar had been at soft play centres which I really dislike, I was a little bit wary of taking the kids, what happens if they hated it, what about me would I find it overcrowded?
I was pleasantly surprised and we will be heading back, and both myself and my husband will be taking part as well next time. So, it was HUGE inside and really nicely designed. The trampolines and air mattresses are behind a net wall and before getting on the kids watch and listen to a safety briefing.
For parents that don’t want to participate there is a cafe with great tasting coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. Whilst the kids played for an hour jumping and running around, using up some of that excess energy they seem to have especially on a wet day, my husband and I sat and enjoyed a hot drink and watched them having fun.
We booked through Groupon which saved us £6.50 on the cost of the hour session for the two kids on the deal they had. We booked a 10 am slot on a Saturday morning when the kids are up from 6 am then 10 am is a great time for us to do anything as we’ve already been up for 4 hours and then gave them exercise, fun and when we returned home I was able to work without the constant “I’m bored” from them both.
Don’t be surprised if in a couple of weeks time before the schools go back you find me and the two kids jumping around for an hour and enjoying a coffee and snack afterwards.
All year round Groupon has fantastic deals for parents, saving them money on days out, experiences and more. It was our first experience of using Groupon and with the money saved I am already keeping an eye out on the newsletters that come through to see what other deals and coupons there are that our family can use.