I was recently invited to a blogger event in London by the lovely people at VoucherCodes. It was an event that I could take the kids and hubby to (though he was busy climbing Snowdon) so I was really excited to go.
The focus of the event was on how we can save money and budget for kids activities, particularly with the summer holidays coming up – their research showed that 1 in 10 parents get into credit card debt just so they can take their children to the zoo, amusement park etc, in the summer holidays. Over half of parents have reported that they worry about the long summer holiday and what to do with the kids, plus the stress of child care, so it was a really interesting day.
I had been too anxious to go to anything bigger, like BritMums Live (hope to brave it next year) so Max, Chloe and I trundled off to London on the train to Maggie & Rose, a lovely ‘soft play’ centre in Kensington for my first blog event. It was quite a bizarre feeling walking into a room where I recognised a lot of people, from their blog, Twitter or Instagram, yet I didn’t actually know any of them. It was fun to try and link up who was who and what their blog is.
Max had such a great time. There was a children’s entertainer doing balloons, there was painting, cookie decorating, play-doh,lots of lovely food and of course lots of bubbles (always a big hit with the boy).
We all had such a great day, had lots of fun and learnt some interesting things about how we can save money and what kind of low cost activities we can do with our little ones over the holidays (plus we got a gorge goody bag with some lovely things from Boden). I was thrilled to be invited to the event. Probably sounds really cheesy but I felt like a ‘proper’ blogger, meeting other bloggers and sharing our experiences.
What are some of your favourite things to do for cheap or free, with the kids?
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I must admit that I’d feel terrified going to an event like this, although it sounds like it was a really fun and useful day!
1 in 10 parents with credit card debt…wow! Hopefully days like this will help.
it was fun but yes, very scary haha
I like baking, going on adventures down woods, playing with bubbles in garden and anything else I can come up with for cheap. Glad you had fun. I can’t wait until I manage to get to my first event. #letkidsbekids
bubbles are the best!
It looks like you all had a great day. The bubbles and cookie decorating looks great. It can be tough through the long summer holidays to entertain children, but we must remember, kids need free play time too.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
this is very true – not good to be constantly on the go x
Sounds like you had a fab day! I love making things with Buddy. I make edible paint and dough for him which is brilliant fun. We also like nature walks and feeding the ducks, just keeping it simple!
Congratulations on being invited. I’m jealous! Visiting you from #mmwbh
Thank you it was really fun x
I am very nervous taking my Blogging involvement any further… but sounds like a great event. #letkidsbekids
I was so nervous but I just thought everyone else was probably in the same boat
Sounds fab. As a full-time working dad, I’ve yet to sign up for one of these events but it looks like this was a particularly good one.
hopefully you’ll get to one, one day Tim
This sounds like a genuinely fun event, glad you all enjoyed it! I know most money-savvy parents trawl the voucher sites when they are making a purchase, I certainly do! Thanks for linking up to #WHWH
thanks for hosting x
Events can be great and this looks like one of the best – it is scary the first few times though 🙂
This is true – good to be put out of my comfort zone now and again