Children’s Centres – there are some great, free events being run at Calderdale’s children’s centres. Sometimes there is a small cost for face painting (usually 20p) but the other activities are free!
Bankfield Museum – While there are paid-for Sparks activities running throughout the holidays, Bankfield makes a lovely free day out. Take a picnic to eat in the grounds, then spend the day exploring the Sweets, Shoes and other exhibits, browsing at Akroyd Library and playing in the grounds and park outside.
Piece Hall Events – £1 to £3.50 per child. These range from trails to an ice cream workshop, dress up and more.
There are plenty of free ways to enjoy the fresh air – if you can resist treating everyone to ice creams!
Jerusalem Farm is gorgeous for picnics and paddling (there is a list of other places to paddle here), Ogden Water is lovely for a stroll, Hardcastle Crags and Judy Woods are favourites too. Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve also has a few free summer events.
Try a new park – there is a list of large ones here – and you can find smaller, council maintained playgrounds ones here.
If you want to go further afield, the Room on the Broom Trail in Anglers Country Park, Wakefield, is excellent, and there are more walks and parks on this list.
If we end up with bad weather or you just fancy a day in, there are plenty of free and cheap ways to entertain the kids, such as: