Inside: 70+ Free activities for kids to spend more quality time together in and outside of the house.
Want 70+ Free Activities for Kids? Yes, please!
This year, I am looking for ways to spend less and enjoy more quality time with my kids – without spending money.
Now, I know. Finding free ideas for kids is a tall order.
But here I am, eagerly searching for ways for us to get out of the house, without spending a dime.
So I searched to discover the best ideas to try myself and share with you.
Inside you will find 70+ free activities for kids broken down in two categories:
Free activities to do in the home
Free activities to do in your city
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But first, what kind of activities do children enjoy?
This answer is so much easier than we think.
Kids want to:
spend time with family members
We can attain this without spending money.
So whether it be a simple idea for your toddler to do at home (such as playing with soap and water), or taking your preschooler on a new bike path, the answer always comes back to simple ideas that are free or inexpensive.
Children do not need you to spend money in order to feel complete. All they ask is for us to spend time with us as a family.
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Fun and Free Preschool Activities
40+ Free Activities for Kids at Home:
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Pretend camping with forts and a fire pit (kraft paper and blankets)
Paint – Painting for Beginners
Pretend movie theatre
Make a DIY rainbow game
Make a treasure map
Reverse rolls – preschooler becomes the parent, the parent becomes the preschooler, OR preschooler becomes the Dr., the parent becomes the patient, etc.
Changing seasons fashion show – mom hack – preschooler is showing mom what still fits?
Try a Breakfast Invitation
Make a fort
Cookie sheet painting – Happily Ever Mom
Popsicle bath – Busy Toddler
Indoor obstacle courses with furniture
Draw under the table on large kraft paper
Blanket forts for reading with a flashlight
Play birthday party – Allow your preschooler to wrap gifts (toys) in tissue paper and you guess what is inside
Make “decorations” for the upcoming holiday
Paint rocks – then hiding in the house to find
30+ Free Activities for Kids Outside of the Home:
Let’s take our toddler and preschooler out to have some fun away from home!
Visit Home Depot to play with PVC Piping (Just put back in the correct bin)
Explore the Target toy aisle – take pictures of toys you want to remember (wink, wink)
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Clean out the pantry and visit a local fire department
Grab a Camera and Walk out the Door – take pictures of what you find
Use Chalk to Color Bricks
Google “free movie near me”
Play in a toy store
Outdoor Picnic at a nearby park
Library – Look to see if there is a toddler time
Google “kids eat free near me”
Visit mom at work
Visit dad at work
Squirt Colored Water Outside
Search for storytimes at your library
Google “parks near me” – visit a new one!
Search your local calendar for a parade
Find somewhere that has a map and use it as you walk
Measure hunt – Take the tape measure outside to measure what you find
Cut the grass with scissors
Go to your local nursery
Visit a local tree farm
Bring a basket outside to search for things that roll
Play with the toy cars at CVS
Go for a Walk
Find a local pump track to practice riding bikes
Visit a nearby skate park