If you are looking for 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids That Are Either Free Or Don’t Cost A Bomb, you have come to the right place!
So our family has just returned from a 7 week holiday on a Croatian island where amazingly the majority of our outings were free.
Yes we still indulged in the food and dining department (too good to pass up!) but for the most part we could set off for the day with not much more than packed snacks, drinks and towels in tow and not have to worry about the day costing the earth.
Fast forward back to reality in Sydney where EVERYTHING seems to have a price tag attached to it. Sure, it’s sometimes justified but other times it’s a completely unnecessary expense.
This post is for moms looking for FUN THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS that are either free or super cheap. An empty or threadbare wallet shouldn’t have to put you off doing something exciting with your family. Absolutely not!
Time with family is too precious to waste and it is super important that you make sure you connect with your children on a regular basis.
And by connect with I don’t mean yelling at them to pick their clothes up off the floor or hurry up for school.
Instead I mean the sort of quality time that makes all the hard work seem worthwhile, that reminds you that life is innately beautiful and that there is joy everywhere to be found the moment you STOP and allow yourself to let go of all that other day-to-day stuff for a second.
If you are in a situation where money is tight, don’t let that rob you of these invaluable moments.
All you need to invest is TIME.
Your PRESENCE will always be more important in the long term than your presents.
So the next time your kids say “I’m bored” or you personally need to have a break from the rut and have some old-fashioned fun with your kids turn to this list.
Here you will find some great ideas for fun things to do with kids that will only make you feel richer – not poorer – in so many ways.
101 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THAT ARE EITHER FREE OR DON’T COST A BOMB
1 Bake cookies together
2 Make a fort with blankets or cardboard boxes
3 Have an outdoor picnic
4 Build a backyard campfire and roast marshmallows
5 Tell each other ghost stories and funny jokes
6 Set up a tent in your backyard
7 Sleep under the stars
8 Visit the park and swing on the swings together
9 Host a treasure hunt
10 Or a scavenger hunt
11 Complete a science experiment.
12 Visit the beach and watch the waves.
13 Build a sandcastle and collect seashells
14 Have a water balloon fight
15 Feed ducks at a lake
16 Start a scrapbook together
17 Interview your kids to learn more about them (> THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO START < )
18 Have your kids interview YOU – the same questions are fine!
19 Create a special family memory book
20 Draw up your family tree
21 Or write a story together
22 Host a puppet show or do shadow puppets
23 Play dress-up
24 Make play dough
25 Go geo-caching
26 Play cards
27 Play hopscotch
28 Play board-games
29 Play soccer or baseball
30 Or teach them an entirely NEW game.
31 Explore your neighborhood.
32 Visit a town you have never been to before
33 Take pictures of nature
34 Have a photo-shoot
35 Go on a hike
36 Watch a sunrise
37 Watch a sunset
36 Sell homemade lemonade at a kerbside lemonade stand
37 Find a pen-pal to write to
38 Write thank you letters together
39 Go bike-riding
40 Visit your local library and borrow new books
41 Do each other’s makeup and hair
42 Paint or fingerpaint
44 Use sidewalk chalk
45 Make jewelry
46 Do arts and craft with old recyclable materials
47 Give them a warm bubble bath
48 Create a family cookbook
49 Create a perfect meal plan for the week
50 Make home movies
51 Make bubbles
52 Build a house of cards
53 Sing karaoke
54 Give each other a manicure
55 Give each other a pedicure
56 Learn magic tricks.
57 Learn how to sew or knit
58 Make rock animals out of rocks
59 Make a potato family out of potatoes
60 Plant a garden
61 Go through old photos together
62 Tell them stories from your past
63 Attend a free kid’s workshop
64 Host a tea party
65 Host a games night
66 Watch a movie and pop popcorn
67 Have a sleepover
68 Visit family and friends
69 Host a BBQ
70 Read books
71 Properly explore your backyard.
72 Make up your own trivia game.
73 Visit a forest
74 Visit a cave
75 Visit a museum
76 Visit a fire station
77 Visit a nursing or retirement home
78 Play in the rain.
79 Fly a kite
81 Study a world map and research different countries. Encourage your kids to be inquisitive.
82 Go rollerblading
83 Create an obstacle course.
84 Run through the sprinklers
85 Swim at a pool.
86 Visit the flea market or thrift shop
87 Visit any free local tourist attraction
88 Make bubbles
89 Make popsicles
90 Pretend you are at the circus
91 Learn to juggle
92 Attend an outdoor festival
93 Have a pillow or tickle fight
94 Have a dance party
95 Enjoy a movie marathon
96 Learn to play a musical instrument
97 Perform a play (you can write a script yourself or find one online)
98 Create a comic book
99 Volunteer or spring clean and donate things you don’t need to charity
100 Redecorate a room
101 FINALLY don’t forget to google “FREE THINGS IN DO IN > YOUR CITY <.”
This information is updated regularly and will give you a lot more ideas for fun things to do in your particular local area.