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10 Completely Free Things to Do with the Kids

These 10 free things to do will give the kids something to look forward to and help the whole family feel like they’re getting a break from the regular schedule!
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I don’t know about you, but at my house the kids can get pretty bored when there’s no school and I don’t have a family vacation or activity planned. It’s great to do something adventurous, but sometimes work, responsibilities or the bank account won’t allow it.

Never fear, some fun ideas are here! These 10 free things to do will give the kids something to look forward to and help the whole family feel like they’ve had a break from the regular schedule. Even if you just choose one of these ideas, it will be something you’ll always remember.

Most of these ideas take less than an hour to do, so you can spend fun time together and still get your work done. Let the kids get involved in the planning. If they take pride in the planning then they will enjoy these activities even more!

Here are 10 fun, free things to do with the whole family:

1. Have a talent show.

Invite another family over and have each person perform. They can do anything they want, from singing to magic tricks to stacking blocks. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun! Let the kids plan their own performance and, if they like creating, they can make tickets to the show. But not just any old walk. Make a list of five ways to walk besides just one foot in front of the other. You can skip, hop, go backwards, think of the game, “Mother May I?” Let the kids give walking style suggestions and use the timer on your phone to go off every few minutes to change styles.  They’ll love it!

2. Have a picnic.

In the living room. You don’t have to get out the fancy basket and outdoor blanket when you have a picnic. Why not just spread a throw on the floor and eat right there? Let the kids plan the menu and do some of the prep. It’ll be fun!

3. Go for a walk.

Girl in the sand.

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Invite another family over and have each person perform. They can do anything they want, from singing to magic tricks to stacking blocks. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun! Let the kids plan their own performance and, if they like creating, they can make tickets to the show.

4. Get dressed up.

Let the kids wear something from their closet that is usually held back for special occasions. You can do a fashion show and take runway style photos as each person walks around and describes their own attire. You could also do a costume fashion show and dress up like favorite characters.

5. Reach out to an older person.

Let the kids choose a few favorite books and read them aloud as the family acts them out. And be sure Mom and Dad get in on the acting. Kids love to see their parents be silly!

Look up some famous statues online and let each person imitate one and the others have to guess what statue they’re being!

6. Go to the store.

Let each person choose a unique store they have always wanted to see inside and just drive there and go in. Walk around and look at the goodies inside. Once you’re back in the car let each person tell one thing they would buy in that store if they could.

7. Act out a book.

Let the kids choose a few favorite books and read them aloud as the family acts them out. And be sure Mom and Dad get in on the acting. Kids love to see their parents be silly! If you don’t know someone elderly, local nursing homes are filled with lonely people who would really enjoy a visit from your family. Call one nearby and ask about their policy on visitors. Let the kids choose a small treat to take with them, like candy or a homemade note card.

8. Have a dance party.

Little girl dancing.

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Pick your favorite upbeat songs and play them loud. The whole family can dance around the house, or even outside. Just enjoy the tunes and being carefree for a few minutes!

Taking an hour each day to do something fun and playful gives everyone something to look forward to and takes away the blahs from school breaks. From Dad down to baby, these 10 free things to do with the kids will create memories and cheer everyone up.

9. Be a bird.

My kids love to do this! Get out the umbrellas and run around in the yard holding them open behind you. The pull of the wind creates a similar drag that birds feel when they spread their wings. If you’re really in the mood for bird-ness, look around the yard for a place to make a nest with sticks and twigs.

10. Be statues.

Look up some famous statues online and let each person imitate one and the others have to guess what statue they’re being. It’s not only fun, but a great lesson in classic art. You can make up your own statues too, like imitating family members or story book characters.