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Kids Pass – Saving Money on Family Days Out

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Looking for fun things to do with kids but don’t want to break the bank? Then a Kids Pass may be the answer for you. But is it worth the cost? Take a look at what it offers.

The cost of raising a family is not cheap, and I’m sure other parents agree that one of your main considerations on days out is the cost. There are five of us, and we are lucky to see any change from £60 when we go out. And that doesn’t include food and drink.

So the question is, if you want fun things to do with kids, what is the cheapest way to go about it without missing out?

Kids Pass?

Fortunately, my wife is far more organised than me and discovered the Kids Pass. Once you’ve signed up, you qualify for a range of discounts that cover a wide range of events.

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Our favourite is 40% off cinema tickets any day of the week. Then, to complete the day out, you can combine this with a kids eat free pass at a host of different restaurants.

Not only that, but you can buy park tickets at a heavily discounted rate. Thorpe Park, Legoland, Chessington, Alton Towers and many more offer you a big discount with your pass.

If you’re looking to go away for a short break, there are plenty of resorts that offer discounts of up to 50% with your Kids Pass.

One day out at any of these places could save you more than the cost of an annual membership. Plus, with such a range of places to choose from, this is a no-brainer.

From the Kids Pass website:

  • Up to 40% off at cinemas nationwide, including adult and child tickets, 7 days a week!
  • Up to 57% off at thousands of family days out
  • Kids eat free at thousands of restaurants
  • Massive savings on UK family breaks
  • One Kids Pass covers the whole household
  • Free App for Android and iOS to make saving even easier
  • Digital membership card in the App

How much is membership?

Usually, a year’s membership will set you back £75. However, you can currently sign up for £39.99. And if that seems too much, you can take out a £4.99 monthly rolling contract, which you can cancel anytime. It’s very easy to recoup what you pay out with just one trip away. If you are a busy family, you could save yourself £100’s every year.

Cinema ticket discounts

Discounts are available at Cineworld, Vue, Picturehouse, Showhouse, Empire and Odeon and several other smaller chains.

At my local Cineworld, a standard adult ticket costs £10.90, but £7.49 through Kids Pass. A child’s ticket at full price will cost £7.40 or £5.51 with Kids Pass. As a family of 5, using the Kids Pass discount means we only pay £31.51 for a trip to the cinema instead of £44.

We are very lucky that our local Vue cinema only charges £5 per ticket. Even so, I can still buy 5 tickets through Kids Pass for £20.30 – a saving of £4.70 for our family.

kidstart cinema tickets


Show your digital Kids Pass at certain restaurants and you can receive a discount. These include 20% off at Prezzo, Roadchef and Sizzling Pubs. The app lists all the restaurants depending on how close they are to you. (This is a little hit-and-miss though. I am based in Kent and one restaurant in Kent was 40 miles away from and one in Norfolk, only 44 miles).

Not all restaurants accept the digital card, so you may need to order ecodes instead. This is very easy to do. Visit the Kids Pass app or website and log in to your account. Make an order for one of the listed shops and your voucher is sent straight to your email. You then present the code when you pay.

At the time of writing, there are plenty of restaurants offering ecode discounts. These include 10% off at Harvester, Miller & Carter Steakhouse, Starbucks, Toby Carvery, Vintage Inns, Stonehouse, Pizza Hut, Nicholson’s, All Bar One and Cafe Nero. 8% off at Pizza Express, Prezzo and Great British Pub.

If eating out isn’t your thing, you can also receive discounts on your shopping.

10% off at O’Neills

8% Footlocker, Clarks and GAP

7% Debenhams and Halfords,

6% H&M  

5% New Look and FatFace, App Store and Itunes and Currys,

4% Tesco and Waterstones,

3.5% at Not on The High Street and Primark,

3% off at M&S and Google Play,

2.5% off Love2Shop vouchers,

2% Amazon which can be used at a range of shops including Argos, Currys and Iceland.

Again, you will need to order ecodes.

In total, there are currently 50 offers listed with Kids Pass

Days out

Another great way to save with Kids Pass is through booking theme park tickets.

Taking a look at Legoland Windsor, a ticket for the 27th December will cost you £36 each if you visit the Legoland site directly. But purchasing the tickets through Kids Pass reduced them to just £24 each. That’s a saving of £60 for a family of 5.

Family holidays

Haven, Parkdean, Butlins, Forest Holidays and many more offer discounts if you book with them through Kids Pass. If you fancy staying at a Eurocamp site, you can save up to 40% if you stay anywhere between 11-21 nights. For a family of 4, the average saving is £700.

Kids Pass Referral scheme

If the above isn’t enough, there is a rather generous referral scheme. If your friends and family decide to join Kids Pass thanks to you, you earn £5 for a referral.

kids pass referral

How do I cancel Kids Pass?

If you decide that Kids Pass isn’t for you just follow the link and select manage subscription from the My Account drop down menu. But don’t forget to write somewhere when your account is due to expire as you don’t want to be stuck with a year’s membership if you decide not to keep it.

Is Kids Pass worth it?

Even if you only use some of the features of Kids Pass, you should easily make your money back. For example, if you spend £50 each month in one of the 10% off restaurants, you will make your money back. One trip to the cinema could see you make your money back.

Or, if you spend over £90 in-store at Tesco every month, again this will cover the cost of membership. And don’t forget the 2% off you receive at Amazon. It might not sound like much, but if you spend as much as I do there, it will be a big saving over a year.

Kids Pass is a great way to save money. But if you’re not convinced, why not take out a month’s trial. It will only cost you £1 and it will give you a good indication of how useful it is for you.

*Please note that all prices and discounts were correct as of November 2019.*

For a limited time, you can take out a month’s trial for just £1. Click on the “Sign up now’ on the banner below to find out more.

If you have children aged under 11, take a look at the Hoop app to find local activities for free.

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