Fun and Free Kid Activities to Do During a No Money Weekend

It can be very expensive to keep up with a child’s general needs, and kid’s activities certainly add on to the cost.

If you’re looking for fun things to do with kids that won’t so quickly deplete your bank account, here are free activities for kids that can be enjoyable for your entire family.

Free Things to Do With Kids

Visit Your Local Fire Station

Fire stations don’t just save lives – they also work to educate children on how to stay safe.  Check with your local fire station to see what they might have to offer.  They often give tours of their facilities and let children see how fire trucks work.

You can also follow your fire station’s social media pages, along with your local city council.  That is the easiest way to stay up to date with any free activities your city might have to offer for children.

Take Your Children for a Walk

We’re not talking about a walk around your neighborhood.  Search for state and national parks to see what is available near you.  Give your children a chance to soak in the natural world around them by taking in all of the sights, smells and sounds.

You can even create a scavenger hunt with items such as a twig shaped like a V, a red ant or a small circular red stone to make the day even more exciting.

Have a Family Movie Night

You might watch television most nights already, but have you tried a family movie marathon night?  Allow each person to choose their own movie for everyone to enjoy together.  To keep it fair, write the movies down on strips of paper, and choose them at random.

Your children will be so excited when they hear their own movie being chosen!  Break out the blankets, popcorn, and other snacks, and you’re set for the evening.

Make Your Own Movie

Your kids will be very familiar with the concept of making their own movie if they’ve ever watched YouTube, so why not encourage them?  Have them sit together with you to come up with a script and any necessary props or sets.

This can be as easy or as complicated as you like, and then comes the best part – sitting back together as a family to watch your creation truly come to life.

Volunteer Together as a Family

If you haven’t introduced your children to the concept of volunteering their time just yet, there is no time like the present.  Teach your child the value of helping others less fortunate by seeking out local community groups and projects that could use your help.

This can be as simple as helping to stock food at your local pantry, serving food at a soup kitchen or spending time with seniors in a retirement home.

Go Camping

Have you or your child ever had the opportunity to experience going camping? You don’t need to go too far – you can even camp in your very own back yard, which might be a good first step for children who might feel nervous about sleeping outdoors.

However, visiting a local state park that allows camping can open the (out)doors to even more fun and free opportunities, such as wandering the nature and hiking trails or going fishing.

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