The school year just got started, which means that scheduling quality family time is even more important. But that doesn’t always mean you want to spend an arm and a leg on family-friendly adventures.
Finding free things to do with kids can be a real game changer for weekends or week nights. And luckily, there’s tons of them. Here’s sixteen of our favorite family activities that won’t break the bank.
Plant a Garden
Planting a garden with kids is a great way to spend some quality time with the family. Not only is it a wonderful group activity, it can be fun to watch seeds flourish into full bloomed flowers.
Visit the Public Library
E-books are more popular now than ever… But that doesn’t mean paper books are dead. You can still enjoy an educational trip to the local public library with your kids.
Start a Book Club
After you pick up some good reads at the library, start a book club with your family. It’s a great way to teach at home, enjoy a family activity, and keep everyone on the same page. (Pun intended).
Take a Hike
When it comes to free things to do with kids, taking a group hike is one of the best activities. Not only does it get everyone moving and fit in some exercise, it can be super grounding to connect with nature.
Pitch a Tent
You don’t have to visit a national park to enjoy an outdoor adventure. Instead of packing up the kids for a weekend getaway, simply use your imagination and pitch a tent in your backyard.
Set up a Home Spa
You can paint your kids’ nails, set up a foot spa in the bathtub with some bubbles, or do their hair. If you have a daughter, you can have her invite her friends over for a sleepover and make this a group activity. Lots of laughing, guaranteed!
Have a Picnic
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DIY Halloween Décor
Halloween is just around the corner! Create your own Halloween décor with the kids. Carve a pumpkin, hang a string of lanterns, or make a front door mummy.
Have a Relay Race
You can get some friendly competition going at home by setting up an obstacle course in the backyard and hosting a relay race.
Play Hide and Seek
Classic games like hide and seek will never go out of style. This can be fun for the entire family, as long as you set safety boundaries!
Visit the Dollar Store
A trip to the dollar store may not be free, but it can be a great way to teach the kids about money. Create a budget before you go and then help your kids to choose items wisely. This is a great way to get out of the house and establish the difference between a want and a need. You can also refer to this list of dollar store do’s and don’ts before you go.
On clear nights, star gazing can be an amazing family activity. Download a book that teaches you about constellations, or get a book from the library.The sheer beauty of looking up at the stars at night and realizing just how grand the universe is makes star gazing one of our favorite activities on the list of free things to do with kids.
Have a Baking Party
Host a baking party at home and have the kids help you! This can be a fun activity for a sleepover with friends too, whether you’re making cookies, cupcakes or something more elaborate
Let Loose with a Dance Party
Honestly, this one isn’t just for kids. Putting on a good album and hosting a dance party can be a great way to let out stress.
Build a Fort
Got some extra pillow and blankets? Then you can build a fort at home! For a more intricate design, add some boxes to prop it up.
Conduct a Science Experiment
Your kids don’t have to wait for the school science fair to test out experiments. Research some kid-friendly ones and watch your children delight with the bliss of young scientists!
As you can see, there are plenty of free things to do with kids. You can have fun and enjoy time with the family without breaking the bank. What’s your favorite autumn activity?