Keeping children entertained on the weekend and during school holidays can take a toll on the hip pocket. To help, we've created a list of 10 easy ways to amuse children that won't break the bank, and get them away from their phones, computers and computer games.

1. Camp out, or in

Pitch a tent and spend the night camping under the stars in the backyard. Don't have a tent, or a back yard? Then make make a couch fort with pillows and sheets in the living room. 

2. Kids in the Kitchen 

There are lots of simple recipes where the kids can participate in makign and of course - eating. If you're concerned about baking in a hot oven, then choose something that needs chilling, like Chocolate Crackles.

3. Host a Movie Night

Designate a night with the family to watch a variety of movies you and the kids will love. Include popcorn and other treats for the full cinema effect.

4. Dress ups

Let them loose in your wardrobe and prepare to be amazed at the original outfits they create as they strut down the runway, aka hallway. 

5. Discover a new park

Find a park that you've never been to. It will be more fun when they can run around and explore new things. Why not pack some food and have a scrumptious picnic afterwards.

6. Beach trip

Heading to the beach on a hot day is generally a guaranteed fun day out. Be sure to pack some snacks, drinks, lots of water and of course...the sunscreen! 

7. Enjoy a cultural experience at the Museum

They may not jump for joy and the mention of this activity but many museums offer free or inexpensive children's admissions, and have incredible activites and programs designed specifically to entertain the kids. 

8. Get crafty 

The possibilities for arts and crafts is endless. Some options are: painting, creating jewellery out of pasta, making cards for relatives or even learning Origami. 

9. Road trip to visit your family & friends

Take a trip to see family or friends, especially grandparents, which really - is a treat for everyone. If you have a long drive ahead, have a few games up your sleeve to keep them entertained such as the Name Game or 20 Questions. 

10. Playdates

There's no better way to keep kids entertained than with OTHER kids! Invite some of their neighbours or friends over for the day. Be sure to have your activity materials at the ready - balls, bats, art materials, dress ups and of course, food!