100 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids for Free or Cheap

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If you’re looking for ways you can spend more quality time with your kids, this list is for you. Below I’ve compiled 100 ways you can have fun with your kids for free or without spending a lot of money.

Have a reading marathon.

Play parachute in the backyard.


Write stories together.

Play soccer.

Paint or draw together.

Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.

Go on a hike.

Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach.

Play backyard bowling using these giant bowling pins.


Play board games.

Play kickball.

Get up early, pack breakfast, and have a sunrise breakfast.

Go to a museum.

Go to a playground.

Play hide-and-seek.

Have a pillow fight.

Ride bikes.

Build sandcastles.

Rent a DVD and make popcorn.

Tell stories.

Have a scavenger hunt.

Make mazes or puzzles for each other to solve.

Play card games.

exploding kittens

Garden together.

Bake cookies (let the kids help).

Go to the zoo.

Go to the library.

Shop at a thrift shop.

Create a blog together.

Create a scrapbook.

Make a movie using a camcorder and computer.

Learn to play music.

Set up a hammock, make lemonade, relax.

Make play dough from scratch.

Make homemade mini pizzas.

Buy popsicles.

Make hand-painted t-shirts.



Go to a pool.

Visit family.

Write letters to family.

Paint or decorate the kids’ room.

Make milkshakes.

Play freeze tag.

Create a treasure hunt for them (leaving clues around the house or yard).

Decorate a pair of jeans.

Do a science experiment.

science projects

Play games online.

Teach them to play chess.

Learn magic tricks.

Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member.

Fly kites.

Go snorkeling.



Donate stuff to charity.

Compete in a three-legged or other race.

Create an obstacle course.

Pitch a tent and sleep outside with marshmallows.

Roast marshmallows.

Play loud music and dance crazy.

Write and produce a play (to perform before other family members).

Paint each other’s faces.

Have a water balloon fight.

water balloon

Have a gun-fight with those foam dart guns.

Explore your yard and look for insects.

Go for a walk and explore the neighborhood.

Go jogging.

Take pictures of nature.

Play a trivia game.

Make up trivia questions about each other.

Make hot cocoa.

Play house.

Decorate the house with decorations you make.

Make popsicles.

Play school.

Do shadow puppets.

Make a comic book.

Play in the rain.

Make mud pies.

Blow bubbles.


Take turns saying tongue twisters.

Sing songs.

Tell ghost stories in the dark with a flashlight.

Build stuff with Legos.

Give them a bubble bath.

Play with squirt guns.

Play video games together.

Play wiffleball.

Play nerf football.

Build a rocket from a kit.

jump rocket

Bake a cake and decorate it.

Play dress-up.

Thumb-wrestle or have a tickle fight.

Make a gingerbread house, or decorate gingerbread men.

Learn and tell each other jokes.

Play basketball.

Learn to juggle.

Walk barefoot in the grass and pick flowers.

Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest.