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9 fun weekend activities that won’t cost you

Finance & Money

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2019

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Most of us have been cocooned in our warm spaces at home for the past few months, venturing out only when necessary. But it’s time to start looking forward to the warmer days ahead. If you are a parent, you may be thinking about ways to get your children away from the screens and out into the fresh air, without having to spend a fortune on organised entertainment. 

 

So, if you’ve run out of new ideas, we have some suggestions of activities on a budget that will keep you and your family entertained. 

 

Things to do with kids 

 

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of all the latest places to go with your kids, which might cost you an entry fee on top of what you’ll need to spend on food, drinks and parking – resulting in an expensive day out. There are, however, many other activities that will keep your children entertained and happy that don’t involve a large fee. Here are a few ideas: 

 

1. A picnic playdate 

 

Kids love nothing more than friends and space to roam free and explore. Why not gather some people and pack a few snacks, some sunscreen and a blanket or two and head to your local park. Your children can play and enjoy the outdoors without you having to spend a fortune on entry fees and expensive snacks. 

 

2. Free museums or memorials

 

Every city has its fair share of museums and memorials that you can visit free of charge. They make for an interesting and educational experience for children and young adults, who can learn more about their city and the heroes from the past who deserve to be remembered. 

 

3. Camping in the lounge

 

A few blankets draped around the couches and chairs in the lounge can provide younger children with hours of fun. Fill the tent with cushions, books and toys and let their imaginations take over.  

 

4. Go for a scavenger nature walk

 

Prepare a list of things for your children to spot while on a nature walk – from specific leaves to a heart-shaped rock, butterfly, stream or spring flower. You don’t have to walk far, but take it slow and meander along the path while your children explore and discover. 

 

5. Make playdough 

 

Home-made playdough is not only fun to play with, but also fun to make if you’re looking for indoor activities for kids. There are hundreds of recipes online and you can store it in an airtight container to make it last.

 

Things to do alone or with friends 

 

If you are on a tight budget or you’re saving money for something important, then you don’t want to be spending unnecessarily – but you do still need to have a life. Here are a few cheap things to do with friends

 

6. Visit the local farmer’s market 

 

If you’re on a budget, draw some cash and head to the farmer’s market with friends where you can buy locally grown produce that is not only delicious but also helps to support local artisans in your community.

 

7. Host a games night

 

Invite a few friends over and ask them to bring their favourite games and snacks. You’ll have a fun night that won’t cost you. 

 

8. Plan and plant a herb or vegetable garden

 

Whether you have a garden or just space for a window box, you can purchase some potting soil and a few seedlings and plant your own herb or vegetable garden. There is something very satisfying about using ingredients you grew yourself, plus it will save money on groceries. 

 

9. Be a tourist in your own town

 

Gather together a few friends, do a little research and visit some of the best nature, historical or beauty spots in your area. It’s amazing how many things you can discover about your own home when you get out and explore!

 

 

 

The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

 

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