Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond.
We have a real passion for nature, science and history, both at home and on our family day trips. Over the years we’ve been to some amazing places. Sadly, money doesn’t grow on trees. The cost of lots of day trips (and generally keeping children entertained) soon adds up. On this website you’ll find loads of free and cheap family days out across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Plus there’s ideas of things to do with the kids when you’re at home including lots of crafts and activities.
Let’s get social
As well as running this website I’m very active on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Like & follow the pages for updates on our favourite places to visit, events and the latest reviews. There’s also little snippets of my crazy life as a working mum of three!! Know of an amazing place that people just have to visit? Make sure you share it on the Facebook chat group?
The latest what’s on guide
Before each school holiday I put together a what’s on guide of children’s events and activities across the four counties. To have a look at the latest guide, click the image below.
The reviews – Just click an image to see all the reviews in each category
Search the Free Time with the Kids reviews for your next cheap family day out
Already know the name of the place you want to visit, the location or type of day out? Perfect – Just pop it in the search box below to find the review. Use the tag cloud below to search for type of place, indoors/outdoors, location etc.
Amersham Animals aston clinton Aylesbury Babies and Toddlers Beach Bedfordshire Berkhamstead Berkshire Buckinghamshire Christmas CSSC Dunstable Family Walks Farm Further Afield Harry Potter Hertfordshire High Wycombe Historic House Houses and gardens Indoors Lakes Lakes / Rivers Leighton Buzzard London Milton Keynes Museum Outdoors Oxford Oxfordshire Park Playground River or Lake Soft play Splash Park St Albans Thame Treat Days Tring Waddesdon Warwickshire Wendover Wiltshire Woodland
Helpful tips from Free Time with the Kids
I love a bargain! Free Time with the Kids is based on seeking out bargains. I’m a member of various discount schemes and memberships that allow us to save a fortune on days out. There are lots of other ways to keep the costs down – find out what they are in the blog. We often visit one-off events, particularly at times like the Christmas period. If I do a review of a one-off event that goes on the blog too. Something special happening or some interesting day out related news? You guessed it – it’s all on the blog pages.
Have a look around to find out more about our cheap family days out in Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts. I’m always keen to hear recommendations of places our family should visit, so please get in touch if there’s somewhere I’m missing.