Frazzle haired parents and overexcited youngsters can only mean one thing; the weekend has arrived.

Got that Friday feeling... of fear? Two days without a regimented timetable?! Relax, our definitive guide has everything you need to 'up' the fun, and without breaking the bank. You can thank us later.

Set the scene, Friday afternoon arrives, the kids are back from a tiring day at school, yet energy levels are at an all-time high (how do they do it?). Time to initiate PHASE 1: The tire out. Think games, think toys, think all things 'excitable'.

We've no time for paint-splattered fingertips or musical instrument making (pasta shakers? You'll live to regret it). Give an overexcited hello to our Dinosaur Construction Kit. Packed with handy tips, fun games and all the equipment you need for shape building – it's one for the kids, but we're sure you'll get in on the action:

Dinosaur construction kit - £10.10

Not their cup of tea? Try Disney's Sofia the First 3-in-1 Activity Pack:

Disney Sofia the First Activity Pack - £8.79

Or LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack:

LEGO Star Wars Ewok Attack - £34.99


PHASE 2: Head somewhere cosy. Nothing says time to settle like a comfy den. A novelty duvet set is the perfect set up, then let the imagination run wild. Build your den with comfy cushions and throws - see where this is going? We're yawning already.

OnBuy's bedding collection – from £14.95

Crack out the stationery for a little 'down time', from glitter gel pens to adorable animal notebooks, a period of story-writing and late night sketches awaits...

OnBuy's stationery collection – from £2.49


Feeling smug right? We've got this. Last up, PHASE 3: get snoozy. PJs and slippers on, head back to the den for film watching. If our calculations are correct, eyes should close ten minutes in. The best part? Our selection of movie classics are grown-up friendly too (don't worry, we won't tell anyone).

OnBuy's Blu Ray collection – from £2.99

Got any other go-to ideas? Get in touch with your suggestions!