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Money Hack: Saving on school holiday activities with health insurance

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Keeping the kids entertained on a budget.

April is here, which means it's almost time for school holidays. This can be an expensive time of year for parents, especially if you've got more than one little tacker running around.

There are budget options available. The local park is free but you're always contending with the weather, oh and those pesky snatchers. And while keeping the kids at home might be cheap, there's no way you're going to want to two week's worth of concentrated mayhem unbridled joy running around your home. Think of the neighbours.

What is a parent to do?

The hack

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If you've got private health insurance you might want to jump online and check what entertainment benefits your fund offers. Many Aussie health funds offer discounted movie tickets to their members. Here are some of the deals available:

ahmahm members can get two tickets for the price of one on Thursday nights after 5pm at any HOYTS venue.
BupaBupa members can get up to 25% off Event Cinema and Hoyts Cinema movie tickets.
Health PartnersShow your Health Partners membership card at any Wallis cinemas to receive $12 tickets.
MedibankMedibank members and a friend can enjoy Thursday movie screenings at any Palace Cinema for just $12.50.
myOwnAIA Vitality members can enjoy 50% off movie vouchers for HOYTS, HOYTS Lux, CMAX, Majestic and Grand Cinemas.

These aren't the only entertainment benefits available. For example, Bupa offer discounts on a range of fun school holiday activities including savings on bowling or laser tag at AMF Bowling and Kingpin, discounts at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne and discounts to WILD LIFE Sydney, Madame Tussaud’s and The Sydney Tower Eye.

Be sure to check the Ts and Cs. Enjoy the break.

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