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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.





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

43 Draw

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

80 Volunteer



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.



101 Fun Things To Do With Kids

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