22 Fun Activities to do with kids without spending money

Fun Activities to do with kids without spending money

After a long week of studies, your kids might ask, “Daddy, Mommy, what do we do this weekend? A kid likes to do fun activities, but you need to find a way to this without spending money.

Many families need to think very carefully about how to spend their family budget on leisure activities without getting into debt. Yes, kids are lovable, but also, a parent has to dig deep into the pocket for the child to have a stable and balanced future.

We have collected some incredible ideas and things to do with your kids. These ideas cost either nothing or just very little, but do not get me wrong; they are a lot of fun for kids. Our Tips cover younger kids, preschool children, and teenagers for a weekend getaway, a day trip, or just a couple hours of fun in the afternoon.

LOW BUDGET FUN ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNGER KIDS

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Visit a Forest Playground

Playground slides, playground seesaws, and sandpit are waiting for the little ones to have the most fun. In the middle of greens and under the shade, the most extensive children’s playgrounds can be found in the forest. Kids love the forest environment much more as regular playgrounds near suburban areas

YOUR COST: FREE

Walking a forest trail

Besides the forest playground, a forest provides free nature and adventure to the kids. Walk around or collect pine cones for some crafting activities at home. Many city forests also have treasures hunting games set on specific trails.

YOUR COST: FREE

Walk Barefoot

Kids, by instinct, love to walk or play barefoot. Go either into the forest, a public park, or the beach and walk without shoes. It is actually very healthy for the child as the muscles need to compensate for the uneven ground. Also, the tickling of grass underneath the feet makes it even much more fun. Please, prepare shoes just in case and wash the feet afterward to prevent injuries.

YOUR COST: FREE

Visit the ocean/lake/river

A lake, a river, or the beach is a fascinating place for kids. They love to play either inside or next to the water. Playing inside the sand with a bucket, shovel, rake, and molds is so much fun. Children can spend hours like this until all their batteries are drained, getting ready for a nap.

Caution: As drowning of children is a real danger, never leave them unattended for even one second.

YOUR COST: FREE

Let’s have a picnic

Go to a public park and have a picnic. As children have a lot of space to run around and play, a basket of snacks and favorite foods can go along very well. In case you like to barbecue, get a disposable barbecue grill, paper plates with pasta salad and sausages.

YOUR COST: 5$-10$

Visit entrance free museums

Many communities do regularly have open-days at museums with no admission fees. Take advantage of these days as you can have all the fun without spending money. The best, check your local event calendar, as these open days are advertised well in advance.

YOUR COST: FREE

Day-trip to the local Zoo

Which kid doesn’t love to go into the zoo? There are so many animals to discover like monkeys, seas lions, or elephants that fun is inescapable. Also, petting zones for goats and rabbits are widespread for the children to interact with the animals. A zoo visit brings excitement, especially when it comes to feeding the animals.

It is worth, for a family, to get an annual pass for the zoo as the individual entrance fee is discounted by more than 90% (depending on how often you go)

YOUR COST: $50-$80 with an annual pass

Go Geocaching with the kids

You have never heard of geocaching (read more here)? Geocaching is the world’s most significant treasure hunting game available in all regions of the world, played by millions of people. You need to download their app and open a free account. Yes, it is totally free!

Once started, the app will show you via GPS locations where the so-called cache (treasure is hidden). Take your kids on a city or region-wide treasure hunt. Once you find the treasure, sign your username into the log and update your findings inside the app. Sometimes, you will find items you can keep and share. Isn’t this a lot of fun!

YOUR COST: FREE

Play board-games

In our modern age, where kids always focus on smartphones for entertainment, many parents do forget the power of board-games. In my old days, where no smartphones existed, playing board games with parents or friends was so much fun.

Depending on the weather, you can go out into nature, play in your backyard, or have enjoy a great afternoon inside the living room. In my opinion, a board game teaches kids to interact with each other, instead of spending alone time in front of the TV or phone.

YOUR COST: FREE

Aim high – go to a high-rise building to enjoy the view

An excellent way to explore a great city view is to either go to a low-cost observation desk or go to some regular high-rise buildings and watch the city from the rooftop. Take binoculars with you as the kid will have a lot of fun to take a look at all the buildings.

YOUR COST: FREE (maybe 5$)

Bad weather tip

If it is raining dogs and cats on the outside, traveling by bus or train is a great way to explore your neighborhood. Usually, children under five do not have to pay anything for a bus or train ride. As kids love to explore their surrounding, watching out of the window at the rain is existing. Another advantage is that you can rediscover your city. There is always something new on the other side of town. You might even see new places to go for the next time.

YOUR COST: 5$-10$

LOW BUDGET FUN ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS

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Volunteer with the kids

Volunteering is a great way to teach your children, early on, that good deeds make them a better person. You can grab some bags from home and head to the beach or river and collect trash. During the trash collection, it is effortless to teach the importance of green nature and how sensitive it is.

Another option could be to visit the local animal shelter and ask for volunteering. The animal shelters are always happy when the dogs/cats have somebody to play with or taking them out for a walk.

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YOUR COST: FREE

Visit a farm

Visiting a farm is another great way for the children to interact with animals. Many places do have special petting areas with goats, horses, or cows. It is also highly educational, having a farm tour that explains how milk is processed and why it is so healthy to drink it. Also, some will offer horseback-riding as well.

YOUR COST: $5-$15

Excursion to the airport

Make a trip to the next airport, which is not only exciting for the younger ones, but also for adults. Many airports do have an observation deck to watch airplanes departure and land. In case, the airport charges extraordinary fees, drive to a nearby place outside of the tarmac to watch instead. Make sure that your tire pressure is good to save on gasoline and to have a safe trip

YOUR COST: Gasoline, observation deck fee, parking fee

Bad weather tip

Go to the nearest shopping mall or pet shop. At the shopping mall, there are playground areas with a lot of toys to enjoy. Many of the standard playground toys are for free; only some electric amusement machines charge a smaller fee. A pet shop is an excellent getaway to watch fish, rabbits, puppies, and other exotic animals.

YOUR COST: FREE

Visit the forest

As I have explained earlier, a forest is a great place to have fun. Either visit a playground or do hiking a trail to explore nature.

YOUR COST: FREE

Make a bicycle tour

Bicycling is good for health and saves money as it doesn’t cost anything. Plan a bike tour on a forest trail, public park, or bicycle along the river. Please keep in mind the limits of the child. Please do not make a bicycle trip that is too long as, at some point, it will not be any fun anymore for the children.

YOUR COST: FREE

Visit a Library

Many parents underestimate the pleasure of children at a library. You can browse thousands of books, but also many educational toys are available to spend an entire day here.

LOW BUDGET FUN ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS

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Visit Rehearsals in theater or concert halls

Many performing places allow people to watch their rehearsals for free. Please check beforehand with the establishment if it is permitted and at what time the rehearsals will start.

YOUR COST: FREE

Give Geocaching a try

You have never heard of geocaching? Geocaching is the world’s most significant treasure hunting game available in all regions of the world, played by millions of people. You need to download their app and open a free account. Yes, it is totally free!

Once started, the app will show you via GPS locations where the so-called cache (treasure is hidden). Take your kids on a city or region-wide treasure hunt. Once you find the treasure, sign your username into the log and update your findings inside the app. Sometimes, you will find items you can keep and share. Isn’t this a lot of fun!

YOUR COST: FREE

Visit or sell on a flea market

On flea markets, a person can spend hours looking at the most unusual items people do sell there. It is quite fun for a teenager to discover things that they have never seen before. In case you like to buy something, negotiate as the prices are not set.

In case your storage is full of old things, take your kid on a flea to sell and earn some money.

YOUR COST: FREE

Go out and play sport games

Depending on if your kid loves baseball, football, or basketball, many city parks offer sporting venues to use for free. Play a round or two before taking a break and continue until everyone is exhausted and ready to go home.

YOUR COST: FREE

Go Camping

Camping is a great weekend getaway, which doesn’t cost much. At home, you can prepare all the supplies and only the campground fees a parent needs to worry about. A good place is always next to a river to take a refreshing dive into it.

YOUR COST: Camping-site fees

FINAL WORD

As you can see, there are so many fun activities to do that don’t cost much. Have fun!

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