keep your kids happy without spending any money

As your children grow up, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep them entertained without breaking the bank. Some days, it is all you can do to keep up with them. You may find that it is only early afternoon, and you are not sure what to do with your little one next. Most often, these situations occur in the summer holidays, when children do not have the routine of school to fall back on.

Here are some tips to help you keep your kids happy without making you crazy at the same time. Equally as important, these ideas do not cost any money, so you can have fun without worrying about paying the bills later.

Set up a treasure hunt

I use the word treasure loosely here, take the kids existing toys and hiding them around the house. Tell your little one how many items they are looking for, give them a bucket to collect their “treasures” in, and spend an afternoon giggling and laughing together!

Create a fort out of pillows and blankets

Making a fort appeals to kids both old and young, Lucas is 16 months and has started gathering the cushions from the sofas. Gather up any materials you can find such as pillows, blankets and cushions. You can set these items up any way that you want; the sky really is the limit. Once you have your fort ready to go, gather up some books and toys and play inside.

Start a game of hide and seek

This is an oldie but a goodie, and you can do it either indoors or out. If your children are very young, keep them in one general area. If they are older, you can spread out a bit. This is Lucas’ favourite game at the moment with D, Lucas will go up and ‘get’ Daddy then quickly run behind the sofa and wait for him to find him.

Have a party

Turn on some music and encourage your children to get up and dance! Put a little spin on it by having a contest to see who can come up with the most creative moves. You may not feel like dancing when you first begin, but by the time you get moving, you will feel better. And, when you are thoroughly exhausted, you can elect yourself the judge and have your children perform for you.

Go outside

Find a park or a path to walk on. Go to a playground to let your children run around. Search for bugs. There are so many things that you can see and do outside. Let your imagination be your guide (or, just defer to your children as they will have lots of great ideas!)

Have a shoe fashion show

If your children are young, you have probably found them modeling your shoes. Little ones really love shoes! Gather up all the shoes in your house and have a fashion show. Let your children try on different pairs and practice walking all around.

Have a picnic lunch

Lunch often seems like a chore, especially when your children don’t want to eat what you serve. Change things up a bit by having a picnic outside! If the weather isn’t great, just lay down a blanket in the living room and serve up your picnic that way. 

Do some gardening

Getting your hands dirty is fun for kids of any age! Working in the garden is a great way to get rid of some excess energy, you don’t have to have a big garden to have fun. You can use your imagination and just water the grass or trees, if you have a back yard you could get some flower pots and plant some seeds. The sky is the limit! 

Visit a pet shop

Kids love to look at animals, but the zoo may be too far away or too expensive. Instead, go to a local pet shop! You can wander the aisles all while taking in various pets like rabbits, turtles and fish. 

Visit the ducks

Ducks are a lot of fun to watch, and throwing them a few pieces of bread is an easy way to keep the kids occupied. Wait until you have several ends that you are not going to eat, and then take those old pieces of bread with you down to the ducks.

Jobs in the kitchen

Kids want to copy you and your behaviour. So, if you have a job that needs to be done, get your child involved. Ask them to help you load the dishwasher or wipe off the counter. You will get your work done and have a little fun in the process. Lucas loves emptying the washing machine and dishwasher, passing me items to either hang up or put away. 

Find Free Trips

With dozens of free stuff sites out there, its easy to find free kids trips, visiting sites like WOW Free Stuff*, you can go on there kids freebies and find trips to theme parks, museums and art galleries.

What do you do that keeps your children happy and occupied without spending money?x



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24 Comments on How To Keep Your Kids Happy Without Spending Any Money This Summer

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    June 20, 2016 at 11:35 am (2 years ago)

    There are so many fun things to do for free and on a budget, like you have shown here. A treasure hunt is always fun!

  2. Rachel
    June 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Okay so I need a play date round at yours! Building a forte and having a treasure hunt = hours of fun x

  3. Rhian Westbury
    June 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Such great ideas, I loved treasure hunts and making forts in the garden when the weather was nice enough x

  4. Sarah Bailey
    June 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm (2 years ago)

    These are such amazing ideas – there is really so much you do without spending money when you just let your imagination run wild. x

  5. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    June 20, 2016 at 7:14 pm (2 years ago)

    This is a fab post, as a mummy to three I can’t tell you enough how much we struggle with days out and finding the cash to afford the “big places”… so instead we go for freebie fun like forests and the garden! H x

  6. Ana De- Jesus
    June 20, 2016 at 7:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Having a good danceathon is always fun and of course releases endorphins. Going outside and exploring mother nature is always great too.

  7. Life as Mum
    June 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Great tips 🙂 Many places are so expensive these days but most of us forget about the free places

    June 20, 2016 at 8:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Nice to see there are lots of great things we can do with little ones that don’t cost a fortune.

  9. Liz Mays
    June 21, 2016 at 12:36 am (2 years ago)

    These are the best ideas. Now is definitely a good time to put the backyard to good use.

  10. nicol
    June 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    there are so many things to do without money and many people don’t realise this

  11. Jessica
    June 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the idea of treasure hunt. Kids will surely enjoy it. And oh, baking can also be a bonding. 🙂

  12. Tara
    June 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Some fabulous ideas here, thanks for posting!

  13. Nayna Kanabar
    June 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm (2 years ago)

    These are all great idea and ones that would be enjoyed by the whole family.

  14. RachelSwirl
    June 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Some fantastic ideas!

  15. Tanya Brannan
    June 22, 2016 at 8:31 am (2 years ago)

    What fantastic ideas! I wish I had known about some of these when my girls were smaller. Now they are older, they seem to cost me more!!

  16. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    June 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    So many great ideas here! I love hide and seek, and I have such great memories of feeding the ducks with my family when I was a kid 🙂

  17. Hannah
    June 22, 2016 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I used to love visiting the ducks when I was younger, I still do it now sometimes actually x

  18. Helen Costello
    June 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    We spend so long visiting pet shops – wouldn’t occur to the kids that they are having a cheap day out, they just love going! One of my girls’ favourites is chopping mushrooms – keeps them occupied for ages!

  19. WhatLauraLoves
    June 22, 2016 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Great ideas! I’m sure you’ll save lots of families money this summer xxx

  20. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    June 23, 2016 at 5:34 am (2 years ago)

    Great tips! I can imagine that the summer holidays can get expensive trying to entertain kids.

  21. Northern Crumble
    June 23, 2016 at 10:01 am (2 years ago)

    Im definitely all for the Creating a fort out of pillows! There’s nothing better than pop-up tents or just making your own. We do this with our niece and she has hours of fun playing with her toys in and out and talking to them and making up stories

    I think these sort of activities help bring out creativity in a child, a lot more so than spending hundreds of pounds on a day out!

  22. Mel
    June 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Brilliant tips! I love looking for free stuff to do with the kids. Building dens is a firm favourite in our house, as is finding the best paddling pools (and getting there early) when (if) it gets warm 🙂


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