29 Free Fun Things to Do With Your Kids

posted on April 4, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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1. Have a picnic

Mother Father Son and Daughter (8-11) Having a Picnic and Chatting
Picnics are a great way to spend time with a loved one.  Spread your blanket on the grass in the area that you choose with your basket of goodies and enjoy.  Smelling the fresh air outside and watching nature is also relaxing.  (Supplies) food, drinks, blanket, bug spray, sunscreen, and a portable ipod to play some soothing tunes if wanted.

2. Play hide and seek

Family playing hide and seek
Hide and seek is a classic game that has been played by many generations.  Kids enjoy it and think it’s fun.  They always think they are hiding but many parents always know where they are.  Play in your yard or house and have some good times and fun.

3. Bake Cookies

Find a recipe and make it from scratch or purchase a log of dough from your local super market.  Teach your child how to measure and mix, they will remember for when they get older.
Supplies: cookie dough (home made or store bought), oven, cookie cutters, icing, etc

4. Coloring Books

Coloring is fun and the books are very cheap in-store for a $1 or try online where you have to print-out on your computer.  Coloring is fun for kids of all ages and some grown-ups enjoy it as well.
Supplies: books, crayons, markers, colored pencils.

5. Visit the Library

The library is a great place to learn new things.  Let your kids pick out the books they want to read to checkout and get as many as they want.  Reading is fun and enjoyable and lets you explore and learn.  This is a great place to go.  Try to at least go once a month if you’re able.

6. Camp at Home

Pitch a tent in your living room or yard and allow the kids to enjoy the fun of camping without the hassle of a vacation.  (Supplies) a tent, sleeping bags, blankets/pillows, flashlight, and bug spray.

7. Scrapbook

Teach your child how to scrapbook.  This is a fun way to enjoy the memories.  Just get some old photographs, craft paper, glue, sparkles, etc and have fun.

8. Make S’mores

Everyone loves to enjoy this treat, what makes it even better is its easy to make.  Show your kids the simple steps and they will fall in love with it and want to do it all the time.  (Supplies) gram crackers, chocolate bars (like Hershey’s), marshmallows.

9. Finger Painting

Happy child with painted hands
Show your kids how to finger-paint.  Do it outdoors or in a room that has plastic coverings to protect areas paint may get on.  Get your paint and paper and let them have fun.

10. Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunt-
This is a fun way to help your kids learn to explore.  You can make your own map and teach them how to read the map and follow the directions to the treasure.  You can use money, toys or anything your mind comes up with and have fun.

11. Board Games

Board games are a fun way to have fun with the family.  Pull out your favorite game and enjoy.

12. Garden

Allow your kids to plant seeds or plants and maintain it throughout the summer, or just show them how you garden.  Nature is always fun to explore and look at.

13. Photography

Your kids will love taking pictures, show them how to use if they don’t know how and start the fun.  Cameras are easily accessible now-a-days.  You can use your phone’s camera, ipad, disposable one, professional one and just capture the moments to remember forever.

14. Catch Bugs

Bug hunting is fun for kids.  Grown-ups remember when they used to catch the caterpillar and watch it turn.  (Supplies) jar with a tight sealing lid that has holes poked in it and whatever bugs you choose.

15. Create a Play or Musical

Have your kids come up with an original play or musical and have fun.  Bring your imagination, props or costumes from household items.

16. Pick Flowers

Let your kids pick flowers for you and put them in a basket.  This helps them with exploring nature and lets them enjoy the time outside.

17. Hike

This is a great weekend activity or when the parents are free to go for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors together.

18. Museum

Go to a local museum, call up and ask when they offer free hours. Most museums, especially in the summer, will offer free hours and days for visitors.  Get out and explore.

19. Playground

Playgrounds are fun anytime for kids.  They have endless fun, while parents sit on the provided benches watching.  Let your kids have fun until they are ready to leave.

20. Bike Ride

Bikes rides are good anytime unless the weather is bad.  On a clear pretty day, get your bikes out and just ride.

21. Movies & Popcorn on a rainy day

Movie-time is a great way to enjoy spending time together.  Get your pop-corn ready, your favorite movie or your kids favorite cartoon or movie and sit back and enjoy.

22. Sand Castle 

Have a fun at the beach making sand castles or sculptures.  This is always fun for the kids.

23. Card Games

Show your kids how to play, if they already don’t know how. Playing card games are fun.

24. Zoo

Take advantage of your local zoo.  This is a great way to let your kids see animals up close and have a fun day.

25. Make a Movie

Who doesn’t enjoy being in a movie and a home-made movie is always fun.  Teach your kids how to use your camcorder and let the fun begin.

26. Make Playdough

All kids enjoy making things with playdough.  Set the playdough out for the kids and let them enjoy.

27. Make Popsicles

Making popsicles  are easy and fun.  (Supplies) popsicle molds, ice cube tray or cup, popsicle sticks, juice, freezer.  They will want to do it all the time.

28. Lemonade Stand

Making lemonade is a great way to have fun with your kids.  Sit on your porch, patio or in your yard and enjoy.

29. Going swimming

What could be more fun on a hot day than heading out to your local swimming pool.  Get your swimsuits ready, put on some sunscreen and go have fun.

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