22 Free and Frugal Activities for Toddlers #MummyMondays

Like many kids, Elliott pretty much needs to be worn out in the morning to keep him interested and to ensure he sleeps well, otherwise he turns into a bored, frustrated and cranky toddler. Coming up with things to do at home isn’t easy either, to keep him interested I’d have to come up with a never ending list of craft and play ideas, which take time to prepare and cost money. On top of that, I think we’d both go mad if we stayed at home too much which is why it’s great to get out of the house most mornings.
However, getting out of the house to do something fun often means spending money which can become a bit of an issue when you’re going out most mornings. There are times when the day comes and I simply just can’t get my brain to come up with new, fun and free toddler activities (or cheap onese) so I decided to come up with a list for myself and I thought I’d share it with you too. Gee, I’ve discovered some nifty things. And here’s my list of 22 Free (or very cheap) Activities for Toddlers:

  1. Join story time at your local library
  2. Visit a museum
  3. Try out a kids class like gym or music, they usually let you try the first class for free.
  4. Go to a water park – playgrounds with water activity.
  5. Visit the park and play on the playgrounds.
  6. Go to a Botanical Garden and explore through the windy paths.
  7. Check out current events and activities at your local shopping center.
  8. Visit an Art Gallery, there are often kids activities on there.
  9. Attend a Playgroup
  10. Explore nature reserves, you might even have a council run nature centre.
  11. Visit a Farm and see and feed the animals.
  12. Join your local Community Garden Playgroup where your child can enjoy a little gardening activity and discover the wonders permaculture.
  13. Go to the beach
  14. Visit the local pool for a small admission price.
  15. Go on a train ride
  16. Visit the local nursery to look at and smell all the different flowers.
  17. Go strawberry or berry picking! Google your closest farm (be sure to check picking season).
  18. Go on a scavenger hunt – this will get you out walking as well as it being a fun learning experience. Check out these 32 Fun Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids by Hands On As We Grow. 
  19. Go fishing! I’ve loved fishing since I was a kid. Apart from buying the fishing rod (kids ones are really cheap at places like KMart or Big W) there are heaps of places you could fish. Check your local area online. 
  20. Feed the ducks! Elliott loves feeding (and chasing ducks). Find a lake and I’m sure they’ll be there!
  21. Visit your local toy library, trial a toy and borrow one for small amount of money.
  22. Visit an indoor playcentre. Yes they cost money, but if you check out their website, sign up to their newsletter or follow them on Facebook, I’m sure you’ll be able to get their specials.
Do you have any free (or very cheap) activities that you enjoy doing with your toddler away from home that isn’t on my list?
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  1. January 19, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Great ideas Eva! We also try to get out and about in the mornings – it breaks the day up and also uses up a LOT of our big boy’s energy! With this hot weather we have been spending a fair bit of time at our local library. They have a great kids area, and he loves to choose some books to read and borrow. It’s also super cool in there! Thanks for sharing x

  2. January 19, 2014 / 11:55 pm

    Thanks for featuring my post! I don’t have a toddler yet but with bubba we do baby rhyme time at the library and also a water rhyme time class at the pool ($5). We also do a mothers group and playdates with friends babies.

  3. January 20, 2014 / 1:02 am

    I want to live where you live! No berry farms here in the desert lol. The library is fantastic though and same with parks and nature reserves, great list Eva 🙂

  4. January 20, 2014 / 6:06 am

    What a lovely list of things to do with your little ones Eva 🙂