It’s nice to have the kids at home for school holidays, but it can get a little stressful at times. If you’re looking to buy a little more alone-time, then extracurricular activities could be just the thing you need.
Term three is the perfect time to get your kids involved in seasonal sports, creative pursuits and community activities such as Scouts or Girl Guides – keeping the kids entertained and focused up to the Christmas break.
To avoid forking out large fees and expenses that can come with ongoing tutorials and sports groups, see our tips below on extracurricular activities that won’t break the bank.
Learn an Instrument
Choosing the right instrument for your child to learn can be daunting task as there are so many to choose from, but the right investment will last for years to come. Pianos, guitars and woodwind instruments are all popular and readily available to buy second-hand on Gumtree. Just take your pick!
TIP: If possible, take a knowledgeable friend with you to inspect the instrument before purchase to ensure it plays properly. Also keep in mind that pianos need to be tuned every time they’re moved.
Learn a Second Language
Some kids are more academic than they are creative or sporty. Learning a second language is a great way to for your child to learn about different cultures and challenge their way of thinking. There are plenty of listings for language tutors on Gumtree, so finding someone in your local area shouldn’t be a hassle.
TIP: Make sure you ask for qualifications and a reference from a prospective tutor before signing up for lessons.
Join a Sports Club
Playing sport will help your child build team skills, meet new friends and stay active. Sports competitions often take place on the weekend, so make sure you’re willing to commit before joining.
TIP: Local sporting clubs are listed on Gumtree in the Community category. A great range of second-hand sporting equipment and uniforms are also available on the site to help bring the cost down.
If you’re not quite ready to commit to weekly lessons or sporting comps, one-off creative classes may be what you’re after. The Gumtree community is home to many creative and independent businesses, many of which also offer classes in their area of expertise. Some of these exciting activities include cooking, art and craft, singing, children’s yoga and even cupcake decorating!
TIP: Many of these classes are found under the Business Services category on Gumtree. If you can’t find exactly what you’re after, get in touch with a local business in your area of interest and they might be able to point you in the right direction.