Are you struggling to come up with ideas for fun and affordable activities to do with your kids during the school holidays? Look no further! We’ve got 5 free activities that will keep both kids and parents entertained. From exploring nature's wonders to unleashing your inner chef, we've got you covered. So, grab your kids and get ready to make some unforgettable memories without spending up big!
Scroll down to the end to check out the Daily Orders Community-Approved cheap activities for kids. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Explore The Outdoors
Say goodbye to pent-up energy with nowhere to go and hello to calmer kids sans the drama. Spending time in nature has been proven to lower stress levels and improve overall well-being. Say goodbye to pent-up energy! Grab some sunscreen, a hat and H2o and get exploring.
Make it fun with these top ideas:
- An outdoor scavenger hunt - there are loads of downloads and ideas online to take the ‘thinking’ element out of it.
- Go for a hike or slow walk in your local nature reserve. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
- Paddle in a lake or the beach in lieu of the local pool for an instant boost in mood.
Get Creative with Crafting
Arts and crafts are a great way to stimulate your kid's creativity and imagination. And, it's a fun way to spend quality time together! You don't have to be a creative genius to come up with some fun craft ideas either. There are plenty of online resources that can guide you through making everything from paper flowers to homemade slime.
If you don't have all the materials you need, don't worry! You can use anything and everything from toilet paper rolls to egg cartons. Work smarter, not harder we say!
Unleash the Inner Chef
Kids LOVE cooking…and eating conveniently! We’re all for streamlining so it makes sense to get them on the tools to prepare their OWN snacks and meals early. Not only is cooking a great bonding activity, but your kid will also feel a massive sense of accomplishment when they see the end result.
Start with our favourite parent-approved recipes to make with kids:
- Apple & Celery Snails
- Rainbow Pizzas
- Bacon, Fetta & Zucchini Muffins
- Choc-Banana Quinoa Pudding Pots
- Easter Egg Hunt Brownie
Learn Something New
Has your kid ever hounded you to try a new activity but you’ve said no because the schedule is already jam-packed? School holidays are the perfect time to explore new skills. The best bit? All you need is an eager child and a reliable internet connection. With abundant resources available online, it's easy to find tutorials and courses on virtually any topic! From learning a new language to mastering a musical instrument, the possibilities are endless.
Just press play! Try these FREE online classes:
- Knitting, Art, Coding & More*
- Maths, Science & Life Skills
- National Geographic Kids
- Learn A Language
- Fitness Classes for Kids
*Free on a 7-day trial with Skillshare
Entertain DIY Style
Save the drain on your bank account and entertain at home instead! These DIY swaps encourage creativity and resourcefulness while providing ample opportunities to connect as a family.
Why not elevate the experience and invite guests over to join in the fun? Make memories with these top ideas:
- Virtual Field Trips - Museums, Zoos & More!
- Home Cinema BYO Popcorn, Choc Tops
- Games Night Tournament
- Backyard Camping
- Talent Show - parents' participation is required!
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Top Ideas From Our Community
Looking for more free or low-cost ideas? Check out the top ideas from our community below.
Easter Tic Tac Toe
Make your own Easter Tic Tac Toe Game in 10 minutes!
Thanks for the tip @_our.enchanted.farm
A cheaper option than paying for a hotel, your whole family can enjoy the outdoors for $210.
Thanks for the idea, Jessy!
Making the most of your school holidays doesn't have to come at a high cost - you can spark joy for free. From exploring nature's wonders to unleashing your inner chef, you can create unforgettable memories without breaking the bank. Take a break from screens and indulge in some quality family time instead.