Christmas Holidays with Kids on a Low Budget: Five Tips Against Boredom | Doetinchem

The extravagant month of December is drawing to a close while the Christmas holidays are still in full swing. How do you enjoy the kids at home without spending extra money? Read five tips for one below Proof of budget holidays.


The temperatures seem to belong more to autumn. To get into the winter mood, you can tie skis underneath. For €5 per hour, kids can enjoy skating on Duiven’s indoor rink. Do they have their own sled? Then the trip will cost only 3 euros. When serving Gelrepas, you only pay half.

Bath skating rink © Theo Cook

In Doetinchem, too, kids can skate to their hearts’ content around the church. The entrance ticket here costs 7 euros. Skis are included and you can ski for as long as you like. For 3 euros, the little ones can enter the track. For this amount, you can rent skates for children and you can get to the skating rink.

Petting zoo

A petting zoo can be found in many places. Find the animals and go for a fun and educational afternoon outdoors. There is also usually a playground where they can use all their energy. In the Horsterpark in Duiven, in addition to the petting zoo, there is also a forest in which the gnomes hid. Free admission.

Freriks Children's Farm in Winterswijk.
Freriks Children’s Farm in Winterswijk. © Jan Roland van den Brink

Other petting zoos in the area are De Ahof petting zoo in Aalten, Freriks petting zoo in Winterswijk, Het Rosorum in Zevenaar and Kokiezer in Doetinchem, where you can currently hand out your Christmas trees so kids can eat them. Entry fees range from free to a few euros.

Movie night

Where you can easily spend over 30€ with the whole family at the cinema, home cinema is much cheaper.

Let the children make the drawers and entrance tickets, push aside the sofas and put the mattresses in front of the TV. Find a nice movie with a free trial subscription to the streaming service and the fun begins.

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The picture is for illustration © Getty Images / iStockphoto

For a few euros, you can have something tasty at home (or make yourself a big bowl of popcorn), let the kids fill their candy trays. Then they can drop onto the mattresses when their tickets are presented, the lights dim and movie night can begin.

party night

Perfect activity for a rainy evening. Ask the children to invite some friends and put the furniture up against the wall. Tonight it’s party time.

You can give the kids a glow stick on arrival, for less than €1. Fill some glasses with lemonade and let’s dance!

The picture is for illustration
The picture is for illustration © ANP / EPA

To give the room more attractiveness, you can paint cellophane paper in different colors. Put this on top of the bulbs (which don’t get hot) and you have cheap colored lighting.

to exercise

Zevenaar municipality has a lot to do in the field of sports during the Christmas holidays. For example, there are many sports sessions where children can learn about different sports for free.

Spring morning gym
Spring morning gym © Jan Roland van den Brink

Some sports clubs also continue their lessons in other municipalities. A chance to get your kids to take a free trial lesson somewhere. This can be found on the websites of the relevant sports federations.

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