If you’re thinking of what you can do with your little ‘uns that won’t break the bank, here are some ways to spend less on days out and activities.
Days out aren’t cheap so here I’ll share special offers where you can bring down the price of tickets, as well as any special free events and activities. I’ve also had a look at schemes such as Kids Pass and Little Bird and shared whether I think they’re any good.
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Two Legoland tickets for £23
Until 1st July you can pick up two Legoland tickets for £20 via a digital subscription with the Times newspaper. And to get that there’s currently an offer to try it for three months for £1 a month. Meaning you can nab both tickets for just £23 in total – far cheaper than anywhere else!
You have to use the Legoland tickets by the 12th July. I don’t know when the £1 a month trial ends so do just check what you’re signing up for before committing in case it has changed – and make sure you cancel before the trial ends to avoid paying full price after that. You have to do this 15 days before the end of the third month.
And while you have the Times subscription you can also get two for one Odeon tickets every Saturday, Sunday and Money, as well as a free Rakuten movie rental each month. You’ll find all the offers in the Times + section of your membership.
Kids Pass and Little Bird memberships
What do Kids Pass and Little Bird do?
Both Kids Pass and Little Bird are essentially memberships which gives you discounts on the places and things kids like to do.
Kids Pass promises:
- Up to 57% off at “family days out” such as theme parks, bowling and play centres
- Up to 40% off at cinemas, seven days a week
- Kids eat free or for £1 at hundreds of restaurants
- Savings on places like Butlins and Haven
You only need one card per family, rather than per child.
Little Bird promises similar offers, as well as a shop to buy discounted tickets.
Are they any good?
The discounts generally look pretty decent, especially the restaurants and cinema deals. They’re pretty similar too, though Kids Pass seems to have more options – possibly because it’s been around longer.
Some of the restaurant chains involved are Giraffe, Garfunkels, Barburrito, Handmade Burger Co, and Bella Italia each offering free food for kids or £1 meals. There’s also BOGOG at Pizza Hut (delivery) and second pizza for £1 at Papa Johns. There are hundreds of independent ones too. You can see those involved without getting a membership.
The cinema discounts through Kids Pass are available at most of the major chains and various independent places. You get up to 40% off tickets for kids and adults, making it a good option even if you don’t have kids. A quick look at a few different chains and it generally works out as £8 per adult ticket.
Little Bird has fewer cinema chains, with only Vue and Odeon included. At the time of writing, you’ll pay:
- Odeon: £7.78 or £9.51 (inside the M25)
- Vue: £4.25 or £8.50
Do make sure though that it’s not cheaper to buy your tickets with a different deal. For example, my local Vue in York now charges £4.99 for all showings all the time, but when I last checked it would cost more than £8 via Kids Pass.
You’ll need to buy your tickets through the website or app – you can’t just show your pass at the box office.
The theme park and other family activities look good, though as with most entertainment it’s worth shopping around for other offers. It does look like it includes all the major theme parks and places like MadameTussaudss and London Dungeon.
You can also save up to 50% at places like Eurocamp, Haven and Butlins.
Kids Pass offers
At full-price – £75 a year – it’s possibly a bit pricey. However, there are ways to save which make it a must-try.
30-day trial for £1, then £39.99 for a year or £3.99 a month
For £1 I’m confident you’ll save some money with the card. Sadly my exclusive 90-day offer has ended and all trials have been cut to 30 days.
After the 30-days it will auto-renew at £39.99 for a further 12 months. Make sure you remember to cancel if you don’t want to keep it.
Or there’s a second option where you pay £3.99 a month after the trial, though to get that you’ll need to cancel before your trial ends and sign up for this option. It’s more expensive if you stay for a year, but you have the option to cancel when you’re not using it.
> Try Kids Pass for £1 for 30-days then £39.99 a year
Little Bird offers
There’s also a 30-day trial for £1 offer. After this it renews at £34.99.