Keeping kids occupied on the weekends and during the school holidays can be difficult at times. When you have more than one child, going out to different places such as bowling, flip out or even just somewhere for food can be expensive. Did you know that there are plenty of free activities that you can do both in the home and out to keep your little ones not only occupied but learning different things and having lots of fun!

List of 20 Free Activities To Do With The Kids

1. Go to the library: Believe it or not, kids love visiting the library. The library has more than just books these days and at many there are interactive computers that they can learn on, different activities and of course lots of books to choose from.

2. Have a picnic: Even if it is in your own backyard, put together a picnic along with the blanket and basket and enjoy some outdoor time together.

3. Movie day: Let each child choose one movie and then set up in the lounge room with snacks, pillows and blankets and let the marathon begin.

4. Bushwalk: Another great activity for being outdoors is a family bushwalk. There are plenty of different tracks around the various national parks and you can choose one that suits the fitness levels of your family.

5. Spring clean: Yep you heard right! Get the kids involved in a spring clean of their bedrooms and let them choose items to donate to those less fortunate.

6. Arts and crafts: If you don’t already have a supply of arts and crafts items it can cost a little bit to get started, however it will totally be worth it. Let the kids run wild with paints, glitters and different types of papers and see what wonders they create.

7. Free museums: Across the country there are a range of different museums and exhibits that you can attend for free. If you can find one close by that will interest your children pop on down and see what you can all learn.

8. Gardening: Who doesn’t love getting their hands dirty? Get the kids involved in revamping or starting a new garden. Teach them about the process of growing and looking after a garden.

9. Baking: This is an activity that ticked so many boxes. It is fun, educational and yummy!

10. Visit a fire station: Many fire stations are open on weekends for you to be able to take your kids down to see the trucks and learn about the fire fighters. Just make sure you call ahead and don’t visit during bushfire season when they are very busy.

Free Activities

11. Leaf drawing: Send the kids outdoors to find a range of different shapes leaves. Once back inside, place a leaf under a piece of paper and then with a crayon turned on its side rub the paper to see a pattern of the leaf pop up.

12. Go the beach: Grab your swimming, buckets and hats and head out for a day at the beach. Back your own lunch to keep costs down

13. Star gaze: Set up a blanket outside under the stars and get everyone outside to watch the magic of the lights shining down. Maybe even grab a star chart so they can try to find the different star arrangements.

14. Treasure hunt: Put together a few different clues all throughout your home and backyard. Give each child a list of the things that they need to find and let the treasure hunt begin.

15. Learn magic tricks: You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive magic kit. Have a look on youtube for some videos of kids magic tricks and let them spend some time learning a new hobby.

16. Play dress ups: You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of expensive costumes, use what you have at home and get creative.

17. Board games: Board games are a great way to get everyone together and having a laugh.

18. Go to the park: A trip down to the local park will keep the kids occupied and a chance for them to have some exercise and fun time.

19. Bike ride: Why not get everyone out on their bikes and go for a ride around a local park or lake.

20. Go through photos: The kids will love going through old photos with you, laughing at your old hairdos and asking lots of questions.

So I hope you can see from this list of free activities that sometimes life is just all about getting back to basics. It is a tough time for a lot of people right now but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get out and have fun! The important thing is to get to spend quality time as a family and make some wonderful memories. Children will not remember how much you spent on them but they will remember how much time you spent with them. 

Do you have any more activities we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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