30 Cheap Things To Do With Kids

This post is in collaboration with Shop A Docket


Every Friday I have Elliott home with me and love getting out of the house. Working from home means that by the time Friday comes around I’m absolutely itching to get out and do something! But with the usual weekly expenses plus our current renovation expenses and a holiday to fund, I always find myself trying to thing of ideas of things to do with Elliott that aren’t going to cost much but that are fun and something a bit different.


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I’ve put together a bit of a bucket list of cheap and fun things to do with kids, many which we’ve already crossed off multiple times, but a few that we haven’t done yet like going to pick Strawberries. I think that could still be a little bit of a challenge as Elliott still loves to pick the green cherry tomatoes off our vine even though I try to explain that they’re not ready yet!

So here it is, 30 cheap things to do with kids (and fun) when you don’t want to spend much money.

  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 beach
  6. Visit the park and play on the playgrounds.
  7. Go to a Botanical Garden and explore through the windy paths. Elliott loves taking his scooter, the paths are great for scooting!
  8. Check out current events and activities at your local shopping centre.
  9. Visit an Art Gallery, there are often kids activities on there.
  10. Take in the history of your city and don’t forget to check out Shop A Docket for discounted parking.
  11. Attend a Playgroup
  12. Explore nature reserves, you might even have a council run nature centre.
  13. Visit a Farm and see and feed the animals.
  14. Check out your local Community Garden where your child can enjoy a little gardening activity and discover the wonders permaculture. Even better, come home and start your own vegetable garden!
  15. Go to the beach and collect shells.
  16. Visit the local pool for a small admission price.
  17. Go on a train ride
  18. Go on a coffee date where you can get your coffee fix and your kids can enjoy a babycino or milkshake.  Be sure to check Shop A Docket for their latest cafe deals.
  19. Visit the local nursery to look at and smell all the different flowers.
  20. Go strawberry or berry picking! Google your closest farm (be sure to check picking season).
  21. Go on a scavenger hunt – this will get you out walking as well as it being a fun learning experience.
  22. Go fishing!
  23. Feed the ducks! Find a lake and I’m sure they’ll be there!
  24. Go out for icecream! Shop A Docket always has great ice cream and gelato offers!
  25. Visit your local toy library, trial a toy and borrow one for small amount of money.
  26. Visit an indoor play centre. Shop A Docket often have discount vouchers for local play centres.
  27. Go ten pin bowling. It’s even cheaper for the family if you use a Shop A Docket!
  28. Participate in the free kids workshops available at Bunnings.
  29. Enjoy a picnic at the park or even in the back yard.
  30. Go out and take photos – at the beach, on a nature walk..wherever you go and print the photos out when you get home and make a photo album with a scrap book.

Don’t forget that if you’re terrible like me and forget your paper Shop A Dockets you can use the handy Shop A Docket App instead. No need to print anything! You can find the iPhone App here and the Android App here.

Do you have any cheap and fun activities that you enjoy doing with your kids that are not on my list?
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. August 6, 2015 / 8:21 am

    These are such great ideas Eva! Taking kids out can be so expensive. Love the idea of having a picnic in the backyard or park!

    • August 7, 2015 / 8:09 am

      Thanks Lucy! It sure can be and there’s no way I’m going to spend heaps of money every week on my day off with Elliott!

  2. August 6, 2015 / 9:56 am

    Awesome list! It’s amazing how much you can do for free or close to it with kids. We have a habit of going to Queens park when we have the cabin fever set in & want to give Lily some fun and fresh air… Plus there’s animals at least 🙂 I know the feeling about needing to leave the house. Sometimes groceries seems fun because it’s leaving home lol

    • August 7, 2015 / 8:08 am

      Thanks Holly. There are loads of things but I find that sometimes amongst all of the busyness it can often be hard to actually think of something to do! Queens Park and the animals is definitely one of our favourites and I’d have to agree with you on the groceries!

  3. August 7, 2015 / 11:18 am

    I like No 30. My kids love taking photos but I’ve never really taken that interest outside the front door. That’s a great idea.

  4. August 7, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I LOVE Shop A Dockets and they are online which is so great – thanks for the ideas. I LOVE the new look house by the way, jelly! 🙂

  5. August 8, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Great list of low cost things to do with kids. We love going to the library with our tribe, although we have to work on getting the books back on time – sometimes our overdue borrowing fines have negated the savings we made from an initially free activity!!!!