It is easy to save money in the upcoming holidays. Ever been stuck for ideas on things to do tonight, this weekend or during the upcoming school holidays? Well never be stuck again with this huge list of ideas on things to do in the garden, indoors, outdoors, in your community, region and more! Beat boredom from your door and live a more active life. Click on the little green arrow to access tips.
Save money | Garden Activities
Leaf rubbing pictures
Rub crayon over paper on leaves and create some great pictures.
For an old-fashioned and cheap activity, blow bubbles with the kids using dishwashing liquid.
Buy some cheap magnifying glasses and study bugs with the kids.
Catch up on reading your favourite novel or magazines.
Clean up the yard
Clean up the yard together or get help with starting your veggie patch.
Learn about the stars
Get a book on stargazing and spend the night finding constellations.
Camp at home
Go camping in your backyard just for fun. Watch the stars.
Enjoy high tea
Make some gorgeous cupcakes and enjoy High Tea in the garden with the girls.
Picnic at home
Have a picnic at home in your back garden.
Hold a garden party for one of those boring nights between Christmas and New Year.
If you have a video camera make a family video outside.
If you play an instrument learn some cool holiday songs to get everyone singing
Beers in the shed
Invite the boys round for some beers in the shed.
Learn to juggle
Learn to juggle. It gives everyone some light entertainment.
Make a time capsule
Make a family time capsule and set a date to have it reopened.
Fly a kite
Make a kite from scratch and then go and fly it with the kids.
Organise a party
Organise your New Years Eve party. Start calling people.
Paint a picture
Paint a big picture onto canvas over summer. Enjoy iced-tea or champagne in the garden. Wear a big oversized hat and an art smock. Play Opera. Free your creative juices. .
Plant some trees
Plant a tree or a few trees. Use all that free labour at your house.
Set up a complete recycling system in your home if you do not have one.
Talk to family about creating some nice annual family traditions.
Teach your child how to read a road map.
Write a letter
Write an old fashioned letter to an old friend. Post it.
Write out all your goals and dreams for the new year.
Collect acorns and make something with them.
Grab a teapot, some weak tea and cakes and enjoy afternoon tea in the garden.
Feed birds and animals and watch them appear every day.
Follow an ant trail.
Is cheap, easy and low risk fun.
Great fun. Put over grass for a soft landing.
Kick a ball
Kick a ball and get active with the kids. It is also great exercise.
Study nature in your garden.
Create a birdbath and start bird watching.
Make a birdfeeder and then wait for the birds to come. Name them for some extra fun.
Look for birds nests and take photos of them.
Learn their calls. Study them online first.
If you have a big yard, invite people from your block with kids around. Have a BBQ, face painting, music, food and other activities. This is a great summer day occasion and a nice way to meet the neighbours. Organise potluck food. Use this site to network and organise one.
Learn how to play Bocce ball. Get the whole family involved.
Bubbles are cheap fun. Grab a cheap bubble blowing kit. This one is great for a young baby.
Invest in a cheap bug catcher or use a jar. Let the bugs go after studying them. Make sure you give them breathing holes in the jar.
The garden is full of wild and wonderful bugs to study. Grab a library book and learn about different bugs in the garden.
Build a fort
Build a fort just like in the army and watch the kids enjoy it.
Chase, catch and then release butterflies using a net.
Sit on camping chairs as the sun goes down. Enjoy a chat together. Precious moments.
Sit behind your front gate and watch cars go by. Play I spy.
Catch: Play this simple game of catching and throwing a ball.
Draw with chalk
Draw with chalk on paved areas in the yard. Make sure the area you are chalking up is a car free zone!
Find shapes in the clouds together. Lie on the grass and enjoy getting in touch with nature.
Collect items from the garden and glue to a collage.
This is an awesome game to play with the whole family on a summer afternoon.
Enjoy a game of croquet in the backyard.
Build a cubby house as a summer project. The kids will love you and it.
Remember making these when you were a kid? Pass it on.
Take magnifying glasses and a notebook around the garden. Write down what you find.
Digging and burying
Bury items in the garden and get the kids to dig for them.
Dig a hole
Grab a shovel and teach kids how to dig a hole. Bury something interesting.
Grab some cheap dinosaurs bones in plaster: Kids love digging these out. Make your own too.
Elastics: Remember elastics? This is a very cheap way to stay entertained with three or more kids for hours.
Party it up
Hold a party for kids in the holidays for no reason at all. Make parents bring some potluck food.
Paint a face
Paint each others’ faces. Heaps of fun. See who can paint the best face. Take a lot of photos.
String up fairy lights and light them up at night for some excitement after all that hard work.
Collect firewood for a winter fire. Teach kids about reward after hard work.
Learn the names of all the types of flowers in your garden.
Teach a kid how to kick a footy.
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Organise play dates regularly so your kids will not get board and you can get some holiday sanity. Aim at one each week for the duration of the holidays.
Play random games you know in the backyard.
Get the kids to help organize it. Price items and teach them how to talk to customers. This is good for a child’s business and money making skills!
Start a herb garden together and then cook meals with the herbs.
Start a small vegetable patch together and eat the veggies when ready.
Build a billy-kart. This is a great project for the whole family!
You never know who might be the next Tiger Woods.
Lie on the grass with the kids. Look up and discuss what you see.
Take your shoes off and walk barefoot in the grass with the kids. Just be silly. Become a kid again for an hour.
Play with a tennis ball against a wall.
Throw hoops onto targets in the garden. Offer a lolly for the winners.
Chalk is cheap. Teach the kids this old favourite.
Grab some wooden rings from craft shops for cheap target fun.
A Hula-hoop is just good to have around! One will always givea a bored kid something to do!
Challenge the kids to make crazy jewellery from stuff in the garden. Add spray paint.
Play kickball and have fun with the kids.
Fun with knots
Kids love to tie knots.
Use the soft and sticky kind of dart, rather than the dangerous piercing kind of dart! Is that a word?
Collect leaves and make artistic pieces out of them.
Rake leaves in the garden. The kids will have great fun rustling in the leaves.
Make a lemonade stand and sell lemons to passers-by at your front gate. Teach the kids about business.
Learn all the sounds in your garden. For example, what a cricket sounds like.
Remember macramé? Google how it is done if you can’t remember and introduce this craft to your kids.
Make collages out of cool magazine pictures. Frame them for the kids room. For example, make a collage of cars for a boy’s room.
Purchase some cheap ones and study the garden, every tiny aspect of it. Use a nature book to learn more about what you find.
Get online and learn how to make an ant farm. Involve the kids in all aspects of the project.
Enjoy morning tea in the garden. How about donuts, coffee for you and some delicious and healthy smoothies for the kids?
Have fun making and throwing mud pies!
Make a mud bath and get dirty together.
Naughts and crosses
Chalk-it-up for outdoor fun that you adults can play too! Enjoy some memories from your own childhood.
Get a book and learn about the stars. Study what you learn.
Spot a full moon and enjoy watching it with the family. Sit outside a while on some camping chairs and simply admire the view. Tell some stories to each other.
Start a nature notebook with the kids and start recording your finds.
Remember playing this in school? This is a great group garden game.
Make an outdoor obstacle course with tunnels, jumps and mud pools! Now have a race and enjoy an awesome day of fun together.
Eat lunch outside and keep it simple. Just enjoy being out in the fresh air.
Sit outside and tell the kids to paint what they see. This is an amazing adventure to see your garden through the eyes of your children.
Make a little parachute and drop it from a ladder. Make 10 of them.
Wash the dog. This is great fun for all the family.
Take photos in the garden of plants, animals and more.
Pine Cones: Collect pine cones and spray paint them to hang on the Christmas tree.
Grow some flowers from a few packets you pick up at Bunnings.
Learn how to play Four Square.
Duck Duck Goose
Learn how to play Duck Duck Goose.
Play this old favourite and a great one for the garden.
Make your own Play-Doh in cool colours and then make great creations together.
Create a temporary one out of boxes and bits in the garden.
Learn how to play Red Rover.
Play Simon Says.
If you have a pogo stick, go crazy riding it around the garden. See who can master it!
If you do not have one, make an outdoor fishpond as a summer project. Add goldfish and enjoy watching them for the rest of summer! Remember to put a little fence around the pond if there are toddlers and babies around.
Throw stones into ponds and watch the ripples together.
Walk in the rain
Go for a walk in the rain in your wellies and raincoats.
Stand and laugh together in the rain. You can always get changed afterwards.
Teach your kids how to make recycled paper.
Make a robot
Make a robot out of cardboard boxes.
Collect rocks and start a rock garden on a spot on the lawn.
Experiments are total fun using items from around the house. Pick up a science book from the library.
Get the kids out on their scooters. Give them a laugh by letting them watch you on a scooter.
Plan and create a big sculpture together. This is a great way to spend hours of fun over summer.
Get outside and ride a skateboard.
Make a water or mudslide using on old tarp.
Make a snowman, play in a sled, go skiing
Go spider web spotting. Take some pictures of what you find. Make a spider slideshow.
Play under a sprinkler if water restrictions allow.
Hunt down a cheap swing set and get swinging.
Make a swing
If you can
T-Ball is an easy and fun game to play as a family.
Have a good old fashioned game of tag.
Collect items. Blindfold each other. Guess what each item is.
Toy lawn mower
There are lots of toy lawn mowers lying around second hand shops. Pick one up for some garden fun.
Get out on the trampoline if you have one. This is great fun for all including parents.
Hold one in the backyard at Easter and Christmas or on special occasions.
Tell the kids you found a treasure map and set up a hunt.
Supervise the kids while they get busy climbing trees.
Decorate a tree with hanging candles. Light them when it gets dark.
Get online and learn about all the trees in your garden.
Touch flowers, leaves and the bark on trees in the garden. Discuss what they feel like.
Volleyball is a timeworn holiday favourite that everyone can enjoy. Take up the sport with friends and family on the beach.
Spend the summer working on a Go-Kart project together. Who knows? You might end up entering a competition with your wonderful creation.
These are great fun in summer. Add detergent for some great bubbles.
Fill a container with water or a shell pool and enjoy water play.
Create a cheap flat waterslide using a tarp in your backyard.
Enjoy water play within a table at standing level for kids.
Play water tag by chasing each other around the garden with a spray bottle.
Get the kids out to help you weed the garden. Buy them some garden gear for Christmas.
Make a wind chime for your front door. This can be a very creative exercise.
Read a book in the garden this Summer. Read a long one like The Hobbit.
Save money |Indoor activities
Work on a puzzle or jigsaw together.
Watch family movies if you have them and reminisce about old times.
Learn about nature
Watch a nature show on TV together and discuss it.
Decorate the tree
Start a family tradition to come together to decorate the tree, wrap gifts and bake treats.
Set up your whole family with Skype so you can video call each other all year. Go out and buy PC Cameras if required. Write instructions for non-techy family members on how to set this up. Explain how much fun video calling is and how you can all save money.
Scrabble is a great group game. Chess is fabulous in the garden with a bevvy on hand.
Rent DVDs or tape movies in December leading up to Christmas and watch them over the Christmas period with family or friends.
Make an advent calendar
Recycle window envelopes into an advent calendar. Place lollies inside and write the date on the envelope. Seal and place in a funky wrapped box. Kids can pick out the applicable date each day. .
Recycle old newspaper and make some paper Mache sculptures.
Make a scrapbook
Put together a family scrapbook or album with the kids.
Play online games
Play some free online games.
Play board games
Play board games. Buy them at thrift shops or borrow them.
Make a jigsaw puzzle
Make your own personalised jigsaw puzzle for the event.
Make old fashioned lemonade on an ultra hot day.
Make iced-tea in a nice big jug.
Make homemade ice blocks to eat in the hot weather.
Make homemade cards for next Christmas using all the leftover cards and wrapping.
Make fresh juices
Make fresh juices for the whole family every morning. This is a nice tradition.
Cook dinner with the kids
Let the kids pick some recipes and make dinner with your supervision of course.
Learn cultural stuff
Learn about a different culture. Pick up some books to browse at the library.
Interview family members about family history.
Have a trivia night
Have a trivia night or play Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Go to answerblip.com for questions.
Have a Spicks-and-Specks night.
Have a music night and go through all your favourite tunes. Compile a favourites list you can play in your car in the New Year.
Have a family camping night in the lounge and have some camp style treats.
Give a room a makeover
Give a room in your house a complete makeover.
Look through albums
Get out all your old photos and have a laugh together.
Kids lucky dip
For kids give a lucky dip in a box. Get the child to pick out one card. On the card will be an adventure to a cheap local attraction. Give the gift of your time.
Adults lucky dip
For adults use the lucky dip box also for gifts of your time. E.g. A massage. Holidays are a great time to get to know everyone again after a long and hectic year.
Do pasta art
Do pasta art. Paste pasta to card and have your kids paint it.
Make board games
Design and make your own board game and then play it. This is great, creative fun.
Have a themed dinner
Choose and cook a themed dinner for an interesting cultural night at home. Indian? French? The world is yours to travel.
Bake a cake
Bake a delicious cake or pudding together.
Parent activity co-op
The idea of a co-op involves parents leading an activity based on their particular skill. For example, plan a music day if you happen to know how to sing and play guitar.
Act like animals
Take turns acting like different animals. Play and laugh.
Create a big collage of photos ready to frame.
From school Frame the best pieces from the year.
Balls in buckets
Roll soft balls into buckets down the hallway.
Create a beach in your bathtub on a rainy day. Add beach balls.
Revamp a room
Take the opportunity and totally restyle, revamp your kids rooms.
Bake biscuit shapes and ice them. Yum. Deliver some to your neighbours.
Create a board game
Create your own board games.
Buy second-hand board games
There are hundreds of second-hand board games out there. Many can be found in thrift shops unopened! These are great family fun and some of the second-hand ones are fabulous old-fashioned fun!
Make tiny boats out of lids, a straw (mast), paper and blue-tack. Sail in the bath.
Get butchers paper and draw around your body on the floor or wall.
Learn about the world. Designate a topic a week For example, you could learn about the Indian culture this week, cook meals from India and learn about the traditions of the Indian culture. If you have an Indian friend you could invite them over to participate! Understanding different cultures is a vital and vibrant part of any child’s upbringing, and this knowledge creates cultural awareness in adulthood.
Set up some recycled plastic bottles in the hallway and play bowling.
Set up a tent inside if you have the room.
Make a car out of cardboard boxes. Paint it up.
Enjoy card games and offer simple prizes for fun.
Spend time making great cards with glitter, stickers and glue. Write a few out and send them to someone in a retirement village, hospital or send one to a soldier.
See who has the best willpower. Who can stand on a chair the longest. Time each other.
Play animal charades.
Make a Xmas wreath
Make one for this coming Christmas.
Build a city
Build a city on a platform and paint it using matchboxes and small boxes.
Start a collection
Start an interesting collection. E.g. shells or small boxes.
Do some with flowers and dyes.
Buy some cheap books and enjoy an afternoon colouring in.
Find great ones (educational if possible) and participate with the kids.
Give the kids time but limit it.
Create movies on your computer from your videos.
Make YouTUBE video
Film your kid doing a cooking show and put it on YouTUBE. Get your kid to film you doing a cooking show.
Baking biscuits if creating fun. Bake biscuits to take on outings you might have during the week.
Cut up fruit together and make fruit kebabs. This is a fun way to trick kids into eating fruit.
Kids love jelly. Make it together in the day and eat with ice-cream as dessert at night.
Have formal cooking lessons with the kids. They will laugh at you as you give the instructions. Act like Julia Child.
Learn to measure
Teach kids recipes and include educational tips like how to measure ingredients.
Challenge everyone to a Who Can Dress the Coolest competition. Everyone must then go to a café dressed the way they are!
Dress up and take cool photos of yourselves.
Make a cheap Zorro mask.
Make fairy wings
Use a coat hanger and pretty mesh to make some fairy wings together.
Wear weird hats for the day.
Play dress ups
Dig into your costume box and have a dress ups day.
Make one indoors with chairs or a table.
Make delicious cupcakes. Make some for the kids and also some for grandma or grandpa from the kids! You will make their day!
Start a diary
The reason I became a writer! Buy a lockable diary for a child to record their daily experiences. My mum did this for me when I was five and I wanted to be a writer after I started making daily entries about my life.
Create a short play and act it out.
Create a dream book of places to visit, things to do and the like.
Fake Tennis: Play pretend tennis in the house.
Hold a real fashion show, down your hallway, to music and commentary. This is wonderful for building a child’s confidence.
Put white flowers in water with food colouring. Watch the flowers change to the colour of the food colouring over time.
Frame a dream
Get kids to frame their dreams, paint their frames and put them on their walls.
Make some cool fridge magnets.
Draw the garden
Sit the kids at a window and get them to draw or paint what they see in the garden.
Visit www.geocaching.com for a techy treasure hunt.
Start making gifts for Christmas, wrapping and homemade cards.
Bake gingerbread and then scoff them down with a nice hot chocolate.
Visit Google Earth and do some armchair travelling. Teach the kids about different parts of the world and different cultures.
Spend time giving each other hilarious hairstyles.
Play hide-and-seek. Even babies of the house can get in on the act! You will love hearing all that laughter coming from the room.
Suss out some cheap hobbies and take one up with the kids.
Create a roster together. Create a rewards system with stickers and stars. Let your school-age children act as the ‘housework’ police for the week. This will help them to become conscious of how a house gets dirty and then clean again!
Teach kids how to do different housework jobs really well.
Play catch with a soft ball or even a cushion.
Buy beading and supplies and go sick making jewellery for birthdays and special events.
Buy a massive jigsaw and spend the winter or Summer holidays on it.
Make juice and freeze it into ice blocks.
Remember these? Reinvent them for your kids and show them how fun they are.
Learn how to say hello in a bunch of foreign languages.
Tell the kids laundry is heaps of fun. Then get them to help you with it.
Marbles is another simple game that creates hours of fun for kids. Just make sure this game is played away from young babies and toddlers. Always put marbles away, up high and in a secure, sealable container.
Use paper plates to create crazy masks.
Draw up mazes in a little exercise book and then navigate them.
Create a wall for measuring how much you
Teach kids about money and real estate with this great game.
Mop a floor
Get the kids to mop a floor. They love it. You get a clean floor.
Write a script
Write the plot, cast the actors, dress up and make a movie.
Have a movie afternoon with popcorn and get all rugged up under blankets.
Make muffins for your outings.
Play your kids different types of music and explain the genre.
Put on loud music and dance around the room.
Write songs, including the lyrics and the melody. Record the song on your computer.
Play musical chairs and have a laugh.
Make interesting instruments and then play them. Tissue box guitar anyone?
Use cushions, boxes and soft props to make an obstacle course.
There are lots of colouring-in pages online. Print some off for some instant fun.
Watch YouTUBE videos for educational purposes or just for fun. My son loves watching trains on YouTUBE.
Get a book out and make origami together.
Cook pancakes for afternoon tea and then devour them with jam and cream.
Paper Clip chains
Make chains out of paper clips.
Teach your kids how to make paper dolls. Scissors and paper is all you need for this one.
This is a great way to get rid of newspaper and have fun.
Hold an indoor pet show with real pets or just fake stuffed animals.
Call grandma on the home phone or Skype her.
Take photos the whole holidays with the intent of making a photo-book and story about That Summer.
Make a delicious pizza together for lunch.
Have a totally relaxing stay-in-your-pyjamas-all-day day.
Create and paint plaster models of all kinds of things to your hearts content.
Create a garden inside. Let your imagination run wild.
Pretend to be a horse and take your kid for a ride.
Press a few pretty flowers between the pages of some heavy books.
Put on gumboots and play in puddles together.
Get older kids to make puppet shoes for younger kids.
Make puppets out of old socks.
Create your own puzzles.
Read a book series, such as the Roald Dahl series of books for kids.
Rearrange a room
Kids love helping to rearrange furniture. Let them decide on interesting configurations. Teach them about thinking outside the square.
Record all the noises and laughter over the holidays. Add as sound effects to your movies or keep to create an audio for a child’s 21st!
Look up all the ways you can recycle everyday items and get your kids involved.
Grab broken items including toys from around the house and repair them.
Create a menu and let the kids be patrons and waiters.
Rock, paper, scissors
Rock, paper, scissors game: Best out of 20 games wins a small prize.
A Rubiks cube is a simple and cheap way to pass time and is an alternative to tablets and iPods!
Make little sailboats together and sail them in the bath.
Create a big sandpit in the backyard for the summer and spend time every day playing!
Fill a large plastic container with sand and create a little world inside using water, rocks, figurines, matchboxes.
Teach kids new words with this educational game.
Get kids to keep a scrapbook of whatever they want. Let them stick in clippings, leaves and objects they might find on the beach and on walks with you.
Try your hand at scrapbooking if you are so inclined. Get the kids involved with sticking items in.
Teach older kids some simple sewing techniques.
Play pretend-shops. Teach kids about business and money.
Walk around a room with your kids on your shoulders. Watch for lampshades & doorways.
Grab a long rope and play those old fashioned skipping games.
Skype grandma on the computer and brighten her day!
Slapping Hands Game
Remember that old hand slapping game you used to play as a kid? Each opponent put their hands together and tries to slap this other person’s hand, before that person has the chance to move their hand away.
Host a sleepover for your child’s best friends.
Kick some goals between two marks in the backyard.
Play the staring game. See who can stare the longest without breaking down in fits of laughter.
Use some cheap exercise books to create an illustrated story each.
Stick streamers onto the ends of sticks and chase each other around the garden.
String and Nail Art
Remember this? Nail nails onto a wooden board and then make patterns using string or wool.
Create a stage and plan a talent show for the holidays. Perform your show to relatives and friends. Give away prizes to the best performance or give everyone a prize – just theme each prize differently. For example, you could make a Judges Choice Award and a Best New Talent award for a younger child.
Theme Day Boys
Create theme days such as a pirate day or a colour themed day. Dress up for the day and enjoy getting in character. Take photos and post them to your networks for a bit of fun.
Theme Day Girls
Create a theme day such as butterflies, fairies or a colour. Dress up for the day and enjoy getting in character.
For a colour themed day, everyone could wear red, you could eat only red food, make red art, and sing songs with the word ‘red’ in them.
Start collecting items for a time capsule. For example, collect a watch, an old mobile phone or even the first iPad!
Paint your daughter’s nails and toes and let your daughter paint yours. This is a nice way for mums and daughters to bond and spend some quite time together.
Blindfold each other and touch items that are given at a table. Each child must guess what is in front of him or her. You can use touch, smell, taste and all the senses except sight.
Set up toy swapping with your friends with kids. This will keep kids entertained, as they won’t get bored of their toys and you won’t have to buy more to keep them occupied!
Put toys away game
Play Who Can Put Toys Away the Fastest game. This game is sneaky but effective.
Create a cool drawing travel pack for the car.
Learn some magic tricks online and practise them.
Create an indoor tunnel and play in it.
Twister is great fun and easy to organise.
Tye-dye dye stuff
Tye-dye some old t-shirts for some creative fun. (Laundry or patio.) Visit stores like Spotlight or Lincraft to find the dye.
Get the kids to fire up the vacuum cleaner and have your house cleaned for free! This will also tire them out if you need a restful afternoon!
Build an indoor village
Build a village with blocks, roads and toy cars.
Use a soft beach ball and your couch as the net.
Baths are a great place for kids to play. Make sure they are supervised at all time.
Dress up as wizards and pretend to cast spells on each other.
Write a letter
Write a letter to Grandma. Walk down the Post Office and post it! She will enjoy the effort you put into it and you will make her day!
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Check out events
Check out events on local visitor information websites and book them into your calendar.
Browse a mall
Check out what is happening at your local mall.
Take up bowling
Go bowling at your local bowling alley.
Go camping in your region.
Go fishing off a pier alone or take the kids.
Go hiking in the mountains.
Catch a train
Go on a train trip with the family.
Go on the all-scenic drives in your area or a neighbouring region.
Go on a photo shoot
Go out on a photo shoot with the family and take great snaps at quirky scenic locations.
Carols by candlelight
Go to free Carols by Candlelight nights in your region.
Try mini golf
Go to miniature golf if you have one nearby.
Take free lessons
Go to some free lessons at a hardware or craft store.
Go to the aquarium and watch the cute penguins.
Laugh at the circus
Go to the circus if there is one in your region.
Visit local markets
Go to the local markets and sample food and wine.
Go to the local theatre and watch a play.
Go on a group bike ride
If you have bikes go on a fun bike ride together. Drive to a location with great tracks.
If you live in the city, visit the country
If you live in the country, visit the city.
Get out on the water
If you live near the lake, hire a canoe or kayak and get out on the water.
Research the opening hours of local attractions and visit them with family.
BBQ in the park
Take a day trip and have a BBQ at your location of choice.
Take an unplanned adventure by driving in one direction for three hours. Stay there for the night if your budget allows.
Watch more movies
Take in a few great movies over the holidays.
Visit an amusement park if you live near one.
Go on a day trip
Visit friends and relatives who live a day trip away. Stay the night.
Go wine tasting
Visit local wineries and go wine tasting.
Relax at the beach
Visit the beach for the day if you live near one.
Smell the roses
Visit the local rose gardens if your region has them. Take a flask of tea and biscuits.
Visit the zoo. Buy an annual zoo pass. You can revisit all year round.
Visit your local art gallery or museum.
Clean the car
It feels great to get into a perfectly clean car. A trip to the carwash is also great fun for the kids. Get them involved.
Walk the dog
It is so nice to see a dog enjoying his or her daily walk. It is good for you too, even if this means just ‘popping up the shops’ for 15 minutes. This gets the kids out of the house and you will get a little fresh air!
Go for a run
Running rocks. Enjoy the wind in your hair while listening to some fast, fantastic tunes. This pleasure is euphoric and can’t be beaten if you want to feel fantastic, everyday for the rest of your life! Take it slow at first and then build up to a run that really makes you sweat! Join a social network like Map My Run for motivation and find other runners in your area. A little friendly competition is good for the waistline!
Volunteer over the holiday period if you are alone.
Visit your community garden, meet the locals and check out the quirky gardens.
Take your dream car for a test drive.
Take younger kids to a play cafe.
Take a trip to watch the sunset and enjoy fish and chips together.
Surprise a friend
Surprise old friends with a drop-in visit.
Sing! Seek out music. Watch choirs sing their carols or bands play their hard rock music. Seek out free music festivals and events in your area, as well as locals playing in venues in your town, such as in cafes.
Shoot some hoops down at the local school.
Teach a child
Set up a little lemonade stand with a young child. Sit out on the curb and sell lemonade to the neighbours. Teach a child about business and money. Enjoy chatting.
Rescue a pet
Rescue a pet from the RSPCA and invite in your new family member.
Play in the park
Play with a Frisbee at the park.
Play soccer at the park.
Meet the neighbours
Meet the neighbours. Take them over some yummy home baking.
Have a picnic
Have a picnic together at a local park.
Go to display villages and look inside your dream home.
Feed the ducks
Go to a park with a lake and feed the ducks.
Go the park and play on the Whizzy Dizzy with the kids.
Go swimming at your local recreation centre.
Go shopping and get organised for next Christmas. Catch bargains.
Go out for a meal
Go out for takeaway food or to a cheap local restaurant.
Go out for dinner on a kids-eat-for-free night.
Go out for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee or dinner as a family.
Go for long walks to through local parks and down your main street.
Go for a drive in your town and nearby town to see the Christmas lights.
Go and watch the locals playing sport down at the oval.
Get up early and watch the sunrise. Take a flask of tea and picnic breakfast.
Get some space. Go for a long walk everyday alone to stay refreshed and happy.
Get out Christmas books and DVDs from the library.
Enjoy a night out
Get a babysitter and enjoy a night out on the town with friends.
Donate some tins of food or presents to a good cause.
Churches hold free Christmas entertainment over the Christmas period. Free.
It is nice to remember at Christmas that others need help. Your blood is precious, especially to someone in need. Give generously. Call your local Red Cross for information.
Be a tourist
Visit an interesting town nearby and be tourists.
Visit a town
Visit one you have never visited before and break out of your comfort zone.
Visit an ABC store for some wonderful educational items or even just for a browse. These stores are full of interesting finds.
Visit an aquarium and show your baby or toddler the fish.
Visit an aquatic park a fun day out. If you have an only child, take your child’s best friend so they can play together.
Visit boutique shops in arcades.
Art supply store
Visit and buy a canvas and paints. Start painting your masterpieces!
Baby markets are great for picking up cheap gear and a day out with bubs.
Visit baby shops and see what new products are around.
Coffee and cake
Go out for coffee and vanilla slice.
Walk to a bakery
Walk to a bakery and buy some fresh bread.
Head to the bank and open a savings account.
Beach and bubbles
Blow bubbles at the beach.
Fish and chips
Have fish and chips at the beach for lunch.
Pack up bubs, a beach tent and head to a beach. This will give the family unlimited fun, all day! Why stay home with bored kids? The beach is a great place for parents to enjoy a break and some sunshine! Just remember to slip-slop-slap yourself and the kids.
Go riding with bubs in a bike-trailer.
Bike with handle
Invest in a bike with a handle and go on walking adventures together.
Browse the inspiration section of a bookstore.
Browse kids books
Browse the kid’s section of a bookstore.
Enjoy a visit and a walk to your nearest Botanical Gardens.
Visit a hot house and check out the flowers and plants.
Organise to go bowling with other mums.
Walk to a big bridge near you and take a scenic walk with the pram.
Go to Bunnings and enjoy a coffee while the kids play. Grab a few items for holiday projects.
Take a bus ride to another town.
Go for a short bush walk together on a good bush track.
Go out for hot chocolate
Go out for morning tea to a kid friendly café.
Head out to a kid friendly café.
Investigate cafes near you that have regular live music. There is nothing better to live the spirits and introduce baby to music.
Go for a drive
Go for a drive with your favourite CD. Baby loves to bop. (Not so loud you can
Drive to a car wash and wash the car. Babies love suds!
Is there a castle near you? Visit it!
Enjoy the peace in a beautiful cathedral.
Place flowers on a grave and appreciate your own mortality. This will help you feel more in the moment and more grateful for everything you have in life.
Visit a children’s farm for a great day out.
Go to a church event or fair.
Go to the circus and meet a clown.
City street walk
Take a walk through some interesting and well known city streets.
Classes for baby
Enrol baby in a class. E.g. Swimming.
Enrol in a mum-and-bubs Yoga class.
Book an appointment relating to a health issue.
Attend a free class and make friends.
Go to a concert especially for kids.
Go to a matinee family-friendly concert.
Visit a conservatory and take in a free concert.
Costumes shops are free to visit and great fun.
Is there an historic cottage near you? Visit it.
Visit the council and grab information about your town.
Go for a drive to the country. Enjoy some cheap op shopping.
Visit a deli and sample their gourmet cheese.
Buy a new lip gloss for two dollars.
Walk through your dream home and start writing your wish list.
If you have a dog take the dog for a walk around the block.
Drive somewhere nice to get hot chocolate and a Babycino.
Rent some educational or entertaining DVDs geared to the age of your baby.
Visit an elderly person and brighten their day.
Check out what is happening in your town and the neighbouring town.
Visit expos to learn new stuff and meet interesting new people.
Family Fun Days
Check out when they are coming up.
Visit a farm. These are great learning experiences for children.
Enjoy a day trip on a ferry and back.
Look up festivals near you and go! Enjoy a great day out, where there are usually lots of free activities and giveaways!
If you know of a festival coming up let baby or your children watch the fireworks from a secure vantage point.
Drive to a forest and enjoy a walk along a path or bike ride in nature. Never trek alone. Always take a friend or friends with you and make it a group activity.
Visit a friend
Visit a friend who lives nearby. Walk there to get some exercise.
Invite a friend
Invite a friend over to your house for a cup of tea and cake.
Join a mothers group or start one!
Go to a photographic exhibition. If you have a baby, he or she will love looking at the faces of all the people.
Gallery: Visit one near you and get inspired. Have a coffee.
Browse a discount gift store with your little one a buy them a cheap toy.
Visit one and buy a thoughtful gift for a friend.
Visit grandparents with an unexpected gift from baby and brighten their day.
Join a gym that has a cr
Visit an historic building for some great photos.
Make great day trips.
Home Furniture Stores
Kids love them. They love to try out all the beds and couches.
Be a tourist in your own town. Visit your local information centre and discover what is near you. Share with friends nearby using the Savings Room social network.
Hotel lobbies are always so relaxing and big. Sit in a hotel lobby for a coffee. Let baby crawl in the big foyer. Also you will get the door opened for you.
Organise a house swap with relatives in another town for a FREE family holiday.
Everybody loves ice cream, especially babies. Go out for ice-cream.
Pack a picnic and visit a lake. Sit near it with bubs and enjoy feeding the ducks together.
Visit different libraries for the drive, not just your local library.
Book into library holiday programs.
Visit a library and borrow a self help book for inspiration.
Visit a library and borrow an audio book to listen to while you do housework.
Discover the classics
Visit a library and borrow an Opera or classical music CD for bubs to listen to.
Visit a library and borrow some books for bubs.
Visit a library and borrow some great books to read in your downtime.
Visit a library and go to a story-telling workshop.
Head to the library and borrow a DVD for bubs.
Sit and read the paper in the kids section at the library. It will give you a feeling of community while you let bubs crawl around.
Check out a mall you haven
Mall power walk
Go for a power walk through your local mall.
Walk to mall
Go for a walk to your nearest local mall.
Hunt down one of those little train rides in a mall and go on a memorable ride with baby.
One dollar rides
Give baby a ride a one or two dollar ride at the mall.
Mall special events
Read the paper and advertisements for special events that might be coming up at the mall. For example, you could meet Santa. Take a photo of the date and times and then record these in your phone calendar for later.
Visit a mall and buy items you need. A walking baby or kids will enjoy running around and you will not have to worry about traffic.
Big historic tourist attractions always give a wonderful feeling of space. These are always big enough for a pram friendly adventure or for spending time with older kids.
Watch a procession
Go to a march and watch the procession. For example, you could go to an Anzac Day parade. Children will enjoy the noise and the atmosphere of any special event like this.
Go to a street market together and take in the atmosphere.
Visit a special weekend market that happens regularly in your area and enjoy the atmosphere.
Visit for a cheap coffee and let the kids play for free. This is cheaper than a play café, if you don’t buy lunch!
Drive up a scenic mountain. Enjoy morning tea at a picnic table with a scenic view and then drive back.
Mums and bubs movies
Figure out all the mums-and-bubs movie sessions coming up and indulge in a movie with bubs.
Grab your phone or camera and go out with the kids to make memorable movies and memories. Enjoy editing and creating them as projects on your computer and share them with the world!
Take the day and visit a museum. Children will love this day out. Babies will enjoy it, even if they do not understand anything. You will also learn some new stuff!
Music shops are free to visit. You can play on all the instruments and introduce your children to some interesting new sounds! You may even sew the seed for an upcoming starlet!
Visit National Parks for their holiday programs.
Visit a nursery and buy a tree to plant together. As a child grows you can watch the tree grow together.
Dip those little feet in the ocean and watch children delight in this sensation. Babies will love the sand between their toes and waves crashing, as will tired mums and dads who need some fresh air!
Day at the beach
Spend an entire day at the beach. Take picnic gear, floaties, play gear and a tent for shade. Take the pram or a carrier for baby to sleep in. Don’t forget bottles of water, rashies and sunscreen!
Visit and photocopy your important documents. Take baby for a ride in the trolley.
Check online for a free performance near you.
Find out when a parade is happening and go to the even. For example, check out a Santa parade in your nearest city street this Christmas.
Go bird watching at your local park. Point to all the birds and teach baby how to say the word ‘Birdy.’ Older kids will enjoy the trip outdoors.
Visit a local park and go down the slide together.
Go to a park and play on a whizzy-dizzy. Take it slow and remember that you get dizzy on a whizzy-dizzy.
Feed the ducks
Collect up all the stale bread in your house and go out to feed the ducks.
Mums BBQ lunch
Head out with other mums and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Plan your lunch using your networks on this site.
Lay on a blanket at the park and simply chat to each other. Take silly photos of yourselves with the sky as your backdrop.
Books at the park
Lay on a blanket and read books to baby. Eat lunch.
Picnic at the park
Pack a delicious picnic and head to the park for lunch.
Letter to Santa
Sprawl out in the park and write a letter to Santa. It does not matter if baby does not understand a word. You will have a nice memory and a nice letter to show baby when they are old. Copy and stamp it as sent. Put it in your memorabilia box.
Take a walk through a large park in the city.
Visit every park in your neighbourhood over a period of time. Grab a map and start your adventures together.
Specialist cake shop
Visit a delicious, specialist cake shop and treat yourselves.
It is free to visit a pet store and baby will enjoy looking at all the cute puppies and interesting pets. Teach bubs their names.
Visit a pharmacy and try out all the smellies. Hold the smellies to baby and let them enjoy a new smell. Say mmm mmm. Baby will giggle.
Go for a walk on a pier together.
Go out for cheap pizza. Pick up a pizza for your partner for dinner too. Relax tonight.
Visit a planetarium and learn about the stars. Jot the date and visit into a outings journal you create for baby.
Take the kids for a play in the park. Baby will enjoy watching if too young to walk yet.
Meet friends at the park
Meet friends in a playground at the park and have a chat while the kids play.
Find a recreation centre near you and enjoy some time in the pool together. A baby swim ring is a great invention so you do not have to hold baby the whole time. Definitely keep hold of the swim ring though. Babies have a way of toppling them over if you are not looking.
Walk to your local post office for some exercise and get some jobs done while you are out.
Visit a famous private garden in the Spring when it opens to the public.
Visit a public garden with a flask of tea and crackers for you and a nice treat for baby. Watch the joggers go by.
Check out if there are any puppet shows near you and enjoy an amusing day out.
Go out with bubs to scenic locations and get some great photos.
Enrol bubs in some swimming lessons and enjoy a weekly regular event. Also enjoy watching your baby learn this valuable skill.
Go on a road trip and visit your relatives who might live nearby. Enjoy a little time out of the house.
Restaurant for brunch
Go out for brunch with friends.
Lunch with friends
Go out to a restaurant or eatery for a cheap lunch with friends. Find kid friendly locations for a stress-free time.
Plan a road trip and a few nights away to visit friends.
Take a road trip and stay in a motel overnight in a an interesting place with baby. You will always remember your little trip away together.
Visit Ikea with a girlfriend who also has a baby and enjoy lunch and a browse.
Take bubs out for a photo session with some beautiful roses in the Spring. Upload your photos to your networks and share your cheap, lovely and memorable day out.
Go for a run with your jogger to some awesome music. This will give you a wonderful and rejuvenating break from a demanding baby.
Visit a famous animal sanctuary. Look at some interesting animals and take some great photos. For example, take a photo with a Llama.
Op shop visit
Drive to a second hand shop to donate old toys and clothes. Then enjoy a browse with baby in the pram.
Meet new people
I will often visit op shops just to have chats to elderly people who come from all corners of the store to fuss over my baby. We just love all that attention and it makes my day to see the delight in their faces when they interact with Coco.
Shakespeare in the Park
Many areas have summer theatre. Check what is happening in your area. Post what you find to your networks and tag your postcode.
Ships and boats
Take a tour of a large historic tourist ship docked in a harbour.
Mall day trip
Visit a mall far away enough to make a full day trip out of your visit.
Free play area
All malls are different. Discover ones that have fantastic free play areas and visit for FREE often.
You can always go window-shopping if you are short on cash. Write a wish list so that when you save stacks of money using this site you can reward yourself with something on your wish list.
Visit a skate park and watch all the skaters buzzing around. Meet new people.
Take bubs to see and feel snow. Organise a family day trip rather than expensive full ski weekend.
Check online for a sports match to watch. Tennis anyone? Bubs will love all that cheering. Make sure there are facilities there for babies before you go.
Have baby will travel. Investigate what is happening in your state or a little further from home. Got friends who live near there? Go on an adventure, visit your friend and then take in a new adventure.
OK. You have seen your own local street market. Now you can go for a drive and visit one in a neighbouring town. This is a great day out.
Look up all the free summer concerts and book them into your calendar. Organise friends to join you using the Savings Room.
Bubs loves riding in a trolley. Do your weekly grocery shop.
Regional discount supermarkets
Drive to a discount supermarket out of town once a month to grab your big ticket items, like nappies and bulk buy toilet paper.
Plan a special surprise dinner for your partner. Walk to the supermarket for exercise to grab the ingredients.
Cool city kids cafe
Visit a cool kid-friendly café in the city.
Visit the lonely
Visit a lonely person and brighten their day with some donuts and a big cheeky smile from your little one.
Ask at your local theatre if you can come to a rehearsal. It is free and you can give them feedback.
Take in a matinee at a large theatre. Sit right up the back where you can escape if baby cries.
Take bubs to see an orchestra. They will love the instruments.
Visit a tip store
Visit a tip store and buy some super cheap new toys for bubs.
Famous tourist destination
Meet a friend at famous tourist destination and bring back a souvenir for your memorabilia box.
Join a toy library
Join a toy library and visit regularly to keep baby occupied with new toys.
Toyshops are free playgrounds for kids. Go to toy shop and press and play with the toys. Take note of what baby likes and then put that item on their Christmas list.
Catch a train
Take a day trip on a train to a new place.
Catch a tram
Catch a tram if your city has them.
Become a member of a kid-friendly TV audience.
Visit a friend
If you are having a down day visit a friend who cares about you. They will hold bubs and give you an emotional break.
Visit your local Visitor Information Centre and gather up brochures of things to do for photo opportunities, places to visit and cool things to do near you.
For sanity, organise a regular walk with a friend. You can work it all out while you get fit.
Silly idea walk
Make up any silly idea to go for a walk. OMG I need milk. Come on bubs. Get in the pram. Lets go get some. Take the dog.
Wildlife parks are weird and wonderful. Introduce bubs to this wonderful world while you take great photos and make a great memory.
Go for a stroll down your main street and go window-shopping or read all the local noticeboards.
If allowed visit a friend or your partner at work. Take them lunch.
Pack up everyone, including baby and friends, and enjoy a day out at the zoo. Take awesome photos and make a movie.