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Every parent is on the lookout for affordable days out – I should know, I’m one of them.
Theme parks such as Chessington World of Adventure, Legoland Windsor and Gulliver’s Travels are the perfect day out for parents with toddlers and preschool children, but often come with a hefty price tag. For many of us, it seems simply terrible value to shell out £50+ on tickets when the little ones can’t go on all the rides in the park.
However, there is a way to take your kids to these theme parks without breaking the bank, thanks to the little-known Preschool Passes that are on offer. Just in time for Christmas too, as these memberships and tickets make great gifts from grandparents – not only are they a great bargain, but don’t take up any space in your house!
We made the most of Preschool Passes until my daughter started school. We live about 30 minutes from Chessington World of Adventures, and got our money’s worth in the first two months.
Here are three of the best theme park offers for preschoolers:
At Chessington World of Adventures, for instance, there is a little-known Preschool ticket on sale and it costs just £21 for a parent and child 5 and under, compared to a normal entry of £49 and £45 at the gate respectively – saving of £73.
What’s more, you can buy a Parent & Pre-schooler Annual Pass for only £60, which comes with perks such as 20% off food and shop purchases and means that you can visit the theme park, zoo and Sealife Centre as much as you like throughout the year on the quieter days specified on the website – typically term time days.
Further add to your savings and buy via a cashback website such as Quidco.com or Topcashback.com and earn about 3% on your spending.
If you have a child that is four years old and under, you can get your hands on an annual pass for just £75. Good for 12 months, this pass means that you can get unlimited entry into the park on Green Ticket Days, for instance, Monday to Friday during school term times. A massive saving when you consider that on a normal “Green Day”, a one day entry for a child under 4 and an accompanying adult would cost £45 per person on the gate price (£90 total), or £30p each if booked online in advance (£60 for the pair).
What’s more, the membership also entitles you to 10% off in the retail shops and 20% discount in any of the restaurants in the park.
Buy through cashback website such as Quidco.com or Topcashback.com and further add to your savings. This week, for instance, you can earn around 3pc on purchases made through the sites.
If you have a Thomas the Tank Engine fan on your hands, then a trip to Drayton Manor will get you in your toddler’s good books.
For just £20, you can buy an adult and toddler ticket which grant entry to one adult and one child aged three and under and is available Monday – Friday during Staffordshire term time. This means you can have a fun day out at the fraction of the original cost buying tickets at the door for £40 (or £10 per child under 3 and one adult at £30) and enjoy the fun and thrills of the park without the queues and hustle and bustle of the holidays – and at a savings of 45 per cent.
What’s more, with each Adult and Toddler ticket purchased, you can also buy one additional ticket at the reduced price of £18 on the gate.