The school holidays can be a stressful time for parents – constant pressures about entertaining kids and planning what to do to keep them happy, not to mention the costs of excursions.
Indeed, new research has revealed that 77 per cent of parents feel pressure about planning days out over school holidays and that more than half of parents (55 per cent) believe there’s serious competition amongst kids about what they do on school holidays.
But activity woes could soon be over, as parents in need of budget friendly inspiration for the Easter holidays are invited to embrace ScotRail’s ‘Kids for a Quid’ ticket and free partner attractions.
All year-round, up to four children (aged 5-15) can travel off-peak, any day of the week, anywhere in Scotland for just £1 return with a paying adult.
As well as offering travel, ScotRail’s Kids for a Quid ticket also unlocks one free child entry into top partner attractions which span the length and breadth of the country.
Some of the amazing attractions being offered for free include Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Dungeons, Camera Obscura, Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium and Braehead’s Snow Factor – all of which are easily accessible from train stations around Scotland.
Well-known Edinburgh kidfluencer Clemmence ‘CC’ Currie and her family, owners of the famous childrenswear boutique, Bon Tot, headed on a family rail-journey with ScotRail this weekend to try out the ticket.
CC said: “It’s so good to be able to take a train for a pound because you don’t have to spend as much money, and it’s so fun on the train! You get to play games and eat loads of snacks and you get to see most of Scotland – bits you’ve never seen before!”
Bon Tot (@Bon_Tot) owner, Graham Currie, said: “Being able to take kids for a pound is so helpful, it really makes it an affordable way to take a day trip. Plus, it’s great to be able to travel in an environmentally friendly way.”
The research also showed that over half of parents (56 per cent) spend more than £50 on a family day out with nearly one in five (17 per cent) spending over £100, all in an effort to avoid kids’ school holiday FOMO (fear of missing out).
ScotRail Head of Sales and Marketing Annabel Leckenby said: “We hope that families take advantage of the Kids for a Quid ticket and ScotRail’s partner attractions this Easter holiday and beyond – there’s really nothing stopping you from going on an adventure, exploring Scotland and seeing some amazing attractions along the way.”
The Kids for a Quid ticket can be used alongside existing Season Tickets and Flexipasses, making it ideal for commuters, who now won’t need to buy a separate ticket in order to be eligible for the offer.
More information on the Kids for a Quid ticket can be found online at: www.scotrail.co.uk/kids
Follow Bon Tot’s Kids for a Quid adventure here