BRACE yourself – school half-term is here.

Parents spend a hair-raising £323 on average during the break, according to one poll.

 We've got some top tips on how to entertain the kids for free this half-term

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We’ve got some top tips on how to entertain the kids for free this half-termCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But entertaining your little ones needn’t break the bank if you know where to look.

Try my free tips for keeping your kids busy.

  • Arts and crafts. Hobbycraft is doing free mask-making workshops, suitable for over-fives, on Saturday.
    You just need to book online first. Find your nearest one at hobbycraft.co.uk/store-events.
  • Museum amusement. There are more fantastic free workshops for kids at loads of museums. The Design Museum in London, for example, is doing a free, drop-in Martian Garden workshop from 1pm each day of the half-term.
  • Ready, set, go. Do your little ones have bags of energy to burn off? Parkrun could be just the ticket. The 5k fun-runs are held weekly nationwide and are free to join, including for mums and dads.
    If 5k seems too far, there are special 2k junior runs for youngsters aged four to 14. See parkrun.org.uk.
  • Creature comforts. If your kids go crazy for anything cute and furry, try a trip to Pets At Home. Stores are holding free workshops each day of the half-term about creature care and featuring woodland wildlife.
    The half-hour slots are perfect for animal lovers big or small, but you need to book in advance.
    For your nearest story, go to community.petsathome.com.
  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.

Deal of the day

 Get your child an eye test this half-term at Optical Express and the parent who goes with them can get a FREE test

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Get your child an eye test this half-term at Optical Express and the parent who goes with them can get a FREE testCredit: Getty Images – Getty

BOOK in your child for an eye test this half-term at Optical Express and the parent who goes with them can get a FREE test.
SAVE: Up to £50 on test

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Cheap treat

 Get an 118g bag of Graze Punchy Protein Nuts for £1.50 at Sainsbury’s

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Get an 118g bag of Graze Punchy Protein Nuts for £1.50 at Sainsbury’s

AN 118g bag of Graze Punchy Protein Nuts is half-price at Sainsbury’s, down from £3 to £1.50. A great snack.
SAVE:£1.50

My Sun Savers fiver

AUDRE CROSS, from Coventry, writes: “I’m saving my Sun Savers fivers to buy some new garden chairs for spring.”

  • Send us your Savers fiver stories at sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if it is used. Please include your name/town.

Top swap

 This Jo Malone candle will set you back £48 at lookfantastic.com

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This Jo Malone candle will set you back £48 at lookfantastic.com
 But this one smells just as good ans is only £1 at Poundland

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But this one smells just as good ans is only £1 at Poundland

I LOVE the smell of the Jo Malone candles at lookfantastic.com – but not for £48! So I was chuffed to find a great alternative at Poundland. For just £1 you can get a candle that smells almost identical.
SAVE: £47

Shop and save

 You can get two Air Wick Freshmatic Pure Spring refills for £5 at B&M

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You can get two Air Wick Freshmatic Pure Spring refills for £5 at B&M

GET two Air Wick Freshmatic Pure Spring refills for £5 at B&M. Usually £2.99 each.
SAVE: 98p

Reader’s saving tip

JANET ROGERS, from Hornchurch, Essex, says: “Check garden centres’ reduced sections for bargain plants that just need some TLC to revive them.”

  • Share suggestions at sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will get 28 codes, worth £5, if yours is used here. Please include your name and town.

Hot right now

YOU can get pizza or pasta for £5 at Bella Italia on Tuesdays. Visit bellaitalia.co.uk to get your offer code.

See it first…see it free

BE among the first to see new film Military Wives thanks to Sun Savers.

We are giving away 2,350 pairs of tickets to preview cinema screenings nationwide for the Brit flick, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan.

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 Sun Savers is giving away 2,350 pairs of tickets to see the new film Military Wives

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Sun Savers is giving away 2,350 pairs of tickets to see the new film Military Wives

Inspired by true events, Military Wives is the heartfelt story of friendship, love and support on the home front.

Directed by The Full Monty’s Peter Cattaneo, it sees a group of women come together to form the first military wives choir, becoming a media sensation and global phenomenon in the process.

You can pick from 20 preview screenings across the UK, including London, Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester.

The screenings take place on Tuesday, February 25.

To claim your free tickets, simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.

Then, go to the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting” on the “Sun Savers Screening” page.

Next, enter or scan FIVE consecutive Sun Savers codes from those printed daily inside the paper from today until Wednesday, February 19. Today’s Sun Savers code is on Page 20.

Lastly, head back to the “Sun Savers Screening” page and click “Book” as soon as possible.

You will be taken to a booking website where you can claim your free tickets.

But don’t wait around as tickets are first come, first served.

Booking closes at midnight on Friday, February 21.

If you miss out on a preview screening ticket, you can still head to the cinema on Friday, March 6 to catch the release.

  • 18+ UK residents only (excludes Northern Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands). Multiple code collect 15/02/20 – 19/02/20. Booking closes at 23:59pm on 21/02/20. 2,350 pairs of tickets to be claimed. Subject to availability. Online access required. T&Cs apply, see sunsavers.co.uk. © Military Wives Choir Film Ltd 2019.

 

 On song...Horgan and Scott Thomas in Military Wives

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On song…Horgan and Scott Thomas in Military Wives

Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

JOIN thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle.

Every Sun Savers code you enter will earn you a ticket for our £50k monthly Raffle.

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And for every ten tickets you collect in a calendar month, you get a GOLDEN TICKET for our £80k Raffle, which takes place every three months.

 Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect.

So the more you enter, the better your chances.

To take part go to sunsavers.co.uk or open the Sun Savers app.

Then opt in to each month’s Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the Sun Savers codes printed daily in the paper.

Every time you scan or enter a code into Sun Savers, you get a Raffle ticket in the £50k Raffle.

Not yet a Sun Savers member? Just go to sunsavers.co.uk or find “Sun Savers” in the app store to get started.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

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Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver.

So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple.

You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

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Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone.

Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow.

And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

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