Summer is here! Yay! Now smallest child is bigger I’m really looking forward to hanging out with her and the boys. But the summer holidays are loooooooonnnnng, and expensive. Here’s my guide to the best free and cheap things to do with the kids and family days out in Hertfordshire.
There’s so much going on I’ve split the counties into separate blogs otherwise this post would be really long. If you want to know what’s on in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire then click the links.
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This is just a guide to the summer events. You can find all of my reviews of family days out and activities in Hertfordshire here.
Things to do in Hertfordshire
Paradise Wildlife Park is free for Blue Peter badge holders to visit. Over the summer there will be various themed weekends; Tiger weekend (27th/28th July), Primate and Rainforest weekend (3rd/4th August), Red Panda weekend (10th/11th August) Birds weekend (17th/18th August), plus there’s Big Cat night on the 13th August.
College Lake (reviewed here) and the Natural History Museum Tring (reviewed here) are joining forces during the summer holidays. Follow the clues around College lake to find and learn about all the prehistoric creatures then choose two to create-a-saurus. You then go to the Natural History Museum to find their creatures and finish your beast. Enter your creature to see if you win. Competition sheets cost £1.50 or are free with any purchase from the shop. You must visit both sites to be able to enter the competition. Suitable for 5+.
The Natural History Museum still have their British Dinosaurs exhibit. It’s free to visit (as is the museum) and isn’t very big but it’s worth looking at if you’re visiting.
Become an Ashridge Adventurer throughout the summer holidays. These family friendly sessions on the Ashridge estate (reviewed here) last for half a day and are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pre-booking is essential. There will be lots of different things to do; pond dipping, mini-beast hunting, orienteering and a nature based craft. £4 per child, accompanying adults are free. If you can’t make it to one of those sessions then you can now buy ranger packs. They’re £8 each and have everything you’ll need for a range of activities. Collect a badge for each activity and get a certificate if you complete them all. Great for lots of cheap family days out.
Things to do in Hemel hempstead
Riverside Shopping Centre have a free beach every day until early September from 10 – 4. There are extra free craft activities on Tuesdays and free face painting every Thursday.
Shendish Manor Hotel are holding a FREE community fun day on the 1st September from 9 – 4. There will be a BBQ, music and lots of stalls.
Things to do in St Albans
St Albans Museum are have got various things to do with the kids during the school holidays: make your own mini sculpture on the 30th July (£2 per child), a make and take sculpture session on the 8th and 21st August (£2 per child), help to make a giant junk sculpture on the 15th August (Free). There’s also a treasure hunt app to explore the museum (£4.99).
Become a Roman code breaker at the Verulamium museum on the 13th August (Free) or help to make a mosaic (£5 per child) on the 29th August. There is a special SEN friendly session on the same day as well.
If you’re in St Albans for any of these then make sure you also visit the Cathedral. They have explorer packs to borrow, dressing up, interactive screens, brass rubbings and every Thursday there’s a themed activity morning, all for FREE.
Things to do in Watford
If it’s warm (and let’s all hope it is) then Cassiobury Park has a free splash park you can visit. There are lots of other facilities as well so you can turn it into a full family day out even after the kids are bored of the water. There’s also FREE tennis every Saturday. Click here for all the details
From the 29th July – 9th August there will be the Big Screen in Watford. It’s completely FREE and there’s no need to book. There’s lots of different films ranging from U to 12A. There are also some autism friendly screenings.
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. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook