I love a good bargain day out. Not only does it save us money, I think it’s good for the kids to see that we can have fun without spending a lot. Subway recently challenged us to have a day out without spending a penny on the kids to celebrate their Kids Eat Free deal. Basically, from now until April 17th, with every adult Six-inch meal deal purchased, a child can receive a Kids’ Pak free (Offer applies in GB only).
We started our budget afternoon off with lunch at Subway, where we both got to choose a sandwich, a side and a drink. You can see that Lily enjoyed watching her sandwich being made.
I liked that there were healthy options for both Lily and myself. I chose one of the low fat six inch sandwiches along with a cookie, because life is about balance, right?
The restaurant was inevitably quite busy on a Friday afternoon, but we found a quiet spot toward the back to enjoy our lunch.
Every Kids’ Pak has 2 of of their 5-a-day, and is low fat, low in sugars, and contains a source of protein. My meal deal came to £3.98 and Lily’s was free. Pretty brilliant for full, healthy meals for two in the middle of Leeds!
Much to Lily’s delight her Kid’s Pak was SEA LIFE themed. Each pak comes with one of four SEA LIFE collectables. Hers contained a Fish-agami kit along with a voucher giving 50% off entrance to SEA LIFE centres across the UK & Ireland for a family of four. (See site for details).
As you can see from that face, she was really into her origami pack. She did need a bit of help on the final steps, so kids younger than 6 or 7 would probably need adults to fold the fish for them.
Fed and quenched, our next stop was Leeds City Museum, which is currently featuring a free animal egg hunt over the Easter school holidays as well as events from Leeds Young Film Festival.
On arrival, we got straight in the que for the Yorkshire Planetarium, a free mobile planetarium experience that holds about 25 people. We were treated to a 20 minute immersive 360’ film and talk about space. Even the very little children, who were too young to understand the content, sat mesmerised by the planets circling around their heads.
There were paid activities happening in the Leeds Young Film Zone that we could have booked into, but we still had the animal egg hunt to complete and this fit our brief by being absolutely free!
Although we’ve been many times, Lily always loves to look at the Life on Earth Gallery on the bottom floor of Leeds City Museum with the animals, craft space, and interactive screens.
The animal egg hunt specifies how many eggs there are to be found on each floor. I found this really helpful so we didn’t have to retrace 4 floors of museum if we missed one! Each egg comes from a different bird and the children can draw the features of the egg on their sheet.
We always end every visit to see the resident mummy which Lily finds fascinating. In all, with stops, the animal egg hunt around the museum took us about 45 minutes to complete.
Lily turned her completed sheet into the gift shop where she received a sticker and a small chocolate egg for her efforts. We also posted her completed sheet in the red post office for a chance to win a bigger prize draw.
We both very much enjoyed our city day out. We got a meal, a planetarium experience, and an egg hunt all for the cost of my lunch!