50 FREE or Affordable Ideas to Keep Kids Busy

The average household spends $2,482 over a year on entertainment. That number is a little jarring. If you’re looking to save money, free or low-cost entertainment can help you reach your personal finance goals and help you afford that much-needed family vacation. A recent Harris Poll survey showed that 82% of Americans realized that they don’t have to spend money to have a good time.

Have you run out of play ideas for free or affordable things to do with your kids? There’s no need to spend a lot of money to keep your kids entertained or create family memories. Read our list of 50 affordable and free kids activities for each season and every day.

Catch Bugs And Watch Birds

There are so many different species of bugs and birds. Catch some bugs in a net or in a jar with holes at the top temporarily and look up interesting facts about them and the birds you observe.

Water Balloon Toss

Toss water balloons back and forth until it bursts on someone. You can also see who can throw the balloons the furthest and play keep it in the air until it breaks.

Draw With Chalk

Draw colorful pictures with chalk on the sidewalk and driveway. Play a game of tic-tac-toe, hangman or draw a whole city with buildings and cars. Give the kids a theme to draw and watch their creativity flow.

Go Camping In The Backyard

Pitch a tent together, pull out your sleeping bags and roast marshmallows under the stars. Enjoy this staycation while being outside of the house! It’s a favorite activity with kids for so many families!

Go To The Beach (Even If It’s Just a Lake)

Pack your food and your swimwear and enjoy the entire day swimming in the water, lounging, playing in the sand and gathering seashells and pretty rocks. Bring your floaties, buckets and shovels and the kids will be busy and happy for the entire day. If you don’t live near the ocean, find your nearest lake, many of which has built a beach for sand-filled fun.

Do A Science Experiment

There are simple science experiments kids can do at home and many experiments use typical household supplies that are readily available. The kids can learn science hands-on and have fun while doing it. Did you know that Toy companies have even made Science videos with kids’ favorite toys?

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