Free and Cheap activities for kids during school holidays

It’s the school holidays – the kids are bored, the weathers terrible and you’ve got no money… Sound familiar? If so then keep reading! I’ve decided to compile a list of some free and cheap activities for kids that everyone will love.

Rubbish weather? Then stay indoors, there’s loads of activities for kids from the comfort of your own home

  • Build a blanket fort. Gather up all your blankets and quilts and arrange them on the furniture. Challenge the kids to see who can make the best one.
  • Cosy up with a dvd. Grab your favourite film and snuggle up on the sofa. If you’re feeling flush whack out the microwaveable popcorn and have a feast!
  • Bake something, whether this is cookies, cupcakes or muffin pizzas. The best part of this is the tasting of course..
  • Decorate biscuits. I use to love this activity, get out your favourite biscuits and some icing. Chuck in a few chocolate drops, smarties and strawberry laces and you’re away.
  • Have a board game evening. This is one my and my partner do a lot of the time! Crack out the cards or your favourite game and have some friendly family competition.
hand decorated biscuits - activities for kids without leaving the house

Fed up of being stuck in the house? But it’s miserable outside…

  • Check out your local area for free museums. Kids love learning (despite protesting) and you can definitely spend a few hours walking round. Most museums now have interactive activities for kids to be fully engaged in.
  • Visit your local library. As a child I loved reading and during the holidays there was always a reading challenge. I would love finding my next book at the library and getting a stamp on my card. You can read all about the ‘Space Chase’ challenge and which libraries will be participating here
  • Wash the car, you’re going to get wet and soapy anyway… plus it’s a job that probably needs doing!
library reading challenge - space chase

The suns out! Let’s escape the house and find some new activities and places to visit

  • Is there a beach or park near you? If so what are you waiting for?! Get out and explore. Take the buckets and spades and see who can build the biggest sandcastle. Lot’s of towns and cities now make their own town centre beaches that you can visit without trekking out to the coast.
Outdoor beach - city centre, loads of different activities for kids
  • If you’ve got a dog then take them out for a walk. Let the kids hold the lead and find a new route.
  • Go camping in the garden! Pitch a tent, and get the sleeping bags and torches out. If you’re in a rural area spend a bit of time watching the stars. Super relaxing as well as free!
  • Try out geocaching. This is a worldwide scavenger hunt that uses your gps to follow clues and find treasures. Find the ones in your local area and why not leave some tokens for others to find!

It’s warm but we can’t leave the house

  • Get some chalk and get arty on the drive or concrete paths. It will all wash away when it rains but you can draw anything you want. Why not make a giant hopscotch!
  • Blow bubbles in the garden, if you’ve not got any proper bubble liquid, washing up liquid works a treat. Just make sure you blow and don’t suck!!!
  • Water balloons, or hose pipe, or buckets. If it’s warm and there’s water involved the kids will love it.
chalk hopscotch - crafty activities for kids while outside

I want more of these activities for kids to do!!

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  1. Lots of good ideas. Story telling is a good one too. One person starts a story and the others take turns to add to it. It doesn’t even have to make sense!

    1. Author

      Yes! This is a fab car journey as well, we use to do it where each person came up with one word at a time. Made for lots of giggles!

  2. I don’t have kids, but I actually love spending time in-doors with friends and family playing board games. So underrated in my opinion!

    1. Author

      They are aren’t they! I’m currently on the lookout for some storage for them though as I’ve started collecting too many 🙈

  3. Aww, I love this list of ideas. Something about parental love and connection is oozing out of the words. Every idea promotes togetherness time between parents and child(ren) and that is something I love. 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you! I’m a massive believer that time is the greatest gift you can give, doesn’t cost a penny and can help to creat amazing memories!

  4. This is honestly amazing! The idea of the whole family being involved regardless of what the weather is is beautiful 🙂

    1. Author

      Thank you! There’s always something that you can do it’s just thinking of it sometimes. Too easy just to stick the tv on cx

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