Entertaining the kids each weekend can cost a small fortune if you’re not careful – and don’t even get me started on the school holidays! To keep costs down, try to have freebie days when you can. I think these kinds of days always turn out to be the best ones, because you don’t need to spend money to enjoy quality time with the kids.
Here are 7 freebie weekend activities for family fun…
1. Head to the woods
A trip to the woods is always a hit with the kids, whatever the time of year. Pop your wellies on, build dens, search for fairies and, if you’re really lucky, you might even find a rope swing! My two love collecting bits to use in collages too – why not create some nature art when you get back home? And don’t forget, when Autumn arrives, you can collect pine cones ready for Christmas time, or chestnuts to roast!
2. Play on the beach
The beach is one of my favourite places and, even though we are there most days walking the dog, the kids just can’t get enough of it. They don’t care if the water is cold, they’ll build sandcastles for hours and collect more pebbles then they can carry home! We always come back filthy and windswept but it’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. We love sports too, so beach rounders, frisbee and football are a must – pack some supplies and enjoy a day at the seaside!
3. Visit a museum
So many museums are completely free to visit – and many run workshops and activities at weekends and during the school holidays. A quick search online will let you know which events are on offer, so why not take the kiddies for an educational trip? If you fancy a day in London – take a look at my museum guide.
4. Go for a bike ride
Bike rides are such good fun, and also a great way to get fresh air and exercise. As soon as the sun is out, we are out on our bikes – Finn and Lola adore cycling, and we do too! It’s a great way to blow the cobwebs away. Cycle along the beach, explore the countryside or even just have a quick spin around the block!
5. Go geocaching
You can easily find a geocaching trail nearby, with just a few clicks on your phone. It makes a long walk a little more purposeful, and kids enjoy it because it feels much like a treasure hunt. Pick a route to follow, pack up a picnic and enjoy an afternoon exploring.
6. Explore a country park
There are so many gorgeous country parks dotted all over the country – each offering a new adventure. Whether it be woodland walks, lakes or large green spaces, it’s always a winner for a family walk. Many have trails too, to keep the kids entertained, or themed activities dependent on the time of year, so be sure to check out what is on offer before you visit.
7. Go for a hike
Put a decent pair of trainers on and get those legs moving. Find a trail or large hill, pack some drinks and snacks and have a good hike. My two love exploring somewhere new, so see what’s available in your local area and get walking.