50 Free Activities for Families To Try This Weekend!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a list of free activities to do with your preschooler that proved to be super popular – it’s always nice to see your stuff shared a few thousand times on Facebook! One person did comment though that it’s nice to do stuff with the whole family so I thought I’d rise to the challenge and see how many free activities for families I could think of!

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Family time shouldn’t have to be an expensive time, although I know all too well how easy it is to pop out for half an hour with the kids and end up twenty quid lighter. Most of us like to save some money where we can so free family activities are always a good thing. Lots of these ideas are things we’ve done as a family but I’ve also asked some fellow bloggers for their favourite free activities to do as a family too.

If you’d like something to print out and keep then I’ve also included a free printable list of all these activities, you can find it at the bottom of this post.

50 Free activities to do as a family

1. Visit your local nature reserve

2. Take part in a local beach clean

3. Go for a family bike ride – Jo – Mummy Needs Wine

4. Do a painting outside

5. Make a pizza and eat it together

6. Go on a photo walk and take pictures of all the cool stuff you see

7. Fairy hunting in a local woods – my daughter loves it! – Jenna – Then There Were Three

8. Visit an art gallery

9. Do some colouring together (We have loads of kids and adults colouring pages here)

10. Go day camping, take a camp stove, hotdogs and marshmallows and a little pop up tent to the woods and set up camp for the day and cook lunch on the camp stove, build dens and go on nature walks – Lianne – Anklebiters Adventures

11. Visit grandparents

12. Do a sleuth trail – they seem to be in all major towns & cities that I’ve visited recently e.g. bears in Birmingham – Lauren – Sophie’s Nursery

13. Decorate stones and hide them for people to find

14. Make a bug hotel

15. Play hide and seek

16. Have a water fight

17. Make your own comic stories

18. Go to the park – Cat – Rock N Roll Pussycat

19. Make bread rolls

20. Go blackberry foraging – Emma – Ready Freddie Go

21. Watch the sunset

22. Make yogurt ice lollies

23. Have a family sleepover inside

24. Have a boardgame marathon

25. Make popcorn

26. Have a picnic – Kerry – Kerry Louise Norris

27. Make a dinosaur garden (Like a fairy garden but with dinosaurs!)

28. Make your own scavenger hunt

29. Walk to a river or pond to feed the ducks – Maria – Happy Mummy

30. Have a dancing competition

31. Look in the night sky for planets (my son loves this one!)

32. Visit a farmers market

33. Go to your local skate park

34. Have a treasure hunt

35. Go to the beach – Jemma – Mayflower Blogs

36. You can’t beat a family forest walk, especially if mini boulders are involved for climbing and jumping – Alison – Five Little Stars

37. Go birdwatching

38. Play cricket

39. Go geocashing – Jo – Cup of Toast

40. Take a neighbours dog for a walk

41. Fly a kite

42. Play Pooh sticks

43. Visit free activities at local shopping centres – Samantha – North East Family Fun

44. Build a den

45. Make a play and record it on your phone to watch together

46. Do some gardening

47. Attend a community event

48. Visit a free local museum – Debbie – My Boys Club

49. Find a free music events (we’ve been to some in local parks and museums)

50. Play cards

If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to bookmark or pin the image below so you don’t forget all these fun ideas – there’s also the printable list below too! Want more ideas? Make sure you check out our list of 60 free activities for preschoolers!

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Free Activities for Families Printable

Click here to download your free activities for families printable.


  1. 15th August 2017 / 9:11 pm

    These are fantastic ideas! And definitely needed! We are getting pretty bored now as it’s the summer holidays, and the weather hasn’t been that great. So thank you!

    • 16th August 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Less than awesome weather here too – booo!

  2. Fatima
    16th August 2017 / 9:41 am

    I was really in need of this list last weekend but glad to have come across this now. I’ll bookmark it and I’m sure it will come in handy especially on the rainy days.

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