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Free Family Activities to do in 2021

Saving money can be boring. At least, that’s what most people think. The idea of controlling your spending is unappealing for that very reason. But, I’ve found that you just need a little creativity to keep things fun while sticking to your budget! Especially when you’ve got kids to entertain. So, with summer coming up, I thought I’d compile a list of free family activities to keep you guys busy!

These activities could be great to do when you’re working on a no spend challenge. I go over all the rules for those in my blog post. Plus, I add free monthly templates you can use on your phone right on my Instagram stories. Check the highlights if you want to start this month!

free family activities

Free Family Activities

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Activities To Do Outside

Go to the Park

The easiest way to entertain your kids for free is by taking them to the park! They get to run around and play with new kids. All you have to do is sit in the shade and watch. And bring snacks of course.

Practice Photography

We all want more pictures of the kids. And more pictures of ourselves. Get outside and practice taking some! Get in the sun, switch up the modes on your camera, and try some poses.

Take a Hike

There are a lot of trails you can hike that have gorgeous views! Grab your comfy shoes, bug repellent, and water bottles before heading out. Also, read reviews so you know what terrain you’re getting yourself into.

Go Bike Riding

Fun for the whole family can be had by bike riding! You can find tons of local trails to try out. Or, simply ride around the neighborhood. It’s also a great workout for the adults!

Have a Picnic

If you don’t feel up to a bunch of physical activity, another fun idea could be a picnic in the park. Or, you could have one in your backyard. Pack some bubbles and books to keep the kids entertained.

Attend a Local Event

Many towns will host free events for the community in their downtown area. There are usually free family activities that can be enjoyable for both kids and adults. Plus, there’s great food!

Go Swimming

If you live near a pond, river, lake, or beach, you can take the kids swimming for free. For safety reasons, there are usually designated spots just for swimming. Many communities often have public pools you can use, as well!

Free Family Activities for Inside

Have a Paint Day

There are so many fun paint ideas on Pinterest that you can try with the kids. For that reason, I usually keep dollar store canvases on hand. But, you could use paper, cardstock, cardboard boxes, or even rocks.

Visit the Library

Take your kids to the library to find some interesting new books. Fortunately, many libraries will offer a free activity time for the little ones once a week. Plus, you can find some good books for you, too.

Try a DIY Spa Day

Don’t be scared to give this one a try! Even my hubby has been willing to try a face mask – or two. Light some candles, warm some towels and break out the cucumbers for this free family activity. 

Create a Bucket List

Have everyone in your family sit down and write out a bucket list. You could get some great ideas for future vacations. And, you never know, the kids might come up with some great activities for y’all!

Learn a New Hobby

If you or the kids have something new you’ve been wanting to try, do it now. Spend the day learning all about it! Watch some videos and read some articles to help you master your new hobby.

Get Organized

Spend the day organizing your closets and cabinets. You can get rid of some unnecessary clutter and reorganize all of your belongings. Plus, you might be able to make some cash by selling your old stuff!

Make a Time Capsule

Have everyone write a letter to their future self! Maybe even add a few pictures or trinkets for good measure. Then, put it all in a shoe box in your closet to open one day in the future.

Free Family Activities for Night

Camp in the Living Room

Build a fort and have a sleepover in the living room! You can eat food and watch movies until the kids pass out. Pro tip: Use couch cushions, air mattresses, or the mattresses from your beds to sleep on.

Enjoy a Game Night

Break out the boardgames or even the video games. This will surely keep y’all busy for hours! And, it can be a great way to bond with your older kids as well.

Throw a Dance Party

Find a funky playlist, get dressed up, and show off your moves! The kids can get creative with their outfits and dances. Plus, it’s a great way for them to get their energy out before bed.

Have a Movie Night

Let the kids pick a few good movies to binge watch in your room. Everyone can pile into mom and dad’s bed and enjoy some snuggles with their movie night.

Build a Bonfire

Okay, maybe not a huge bonfire. But, you can get a fire going in your fire pit! Y’all can roast hot dogs for dinner. Then, make some ooey gooey s’mores for dessert!

Go Backyard Camping

Break out the tents and go camping! (Sort of.) Simply use your own backyard. That way, your family can have a fun-filled night outdoors without the stress of real camping.

Have a Sleepover

Invite some friends over for a fun little sleepover party. The kids will love having their friends over for a fun-filled night. Not to mention, you don’t have to be their source of entertainment for once. Win-win!

21 free family activities

There You Have It

Try these 21 free family activities for 2021 to keep your loved ones busy all summer. And, without breaking the bank! If you need extra help, download this free budget template to help you get your finances on track.

Feel free to drop a comment if you have any other great free family activities we should try out!

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4 thoughts on “Free Family Activities to do in 2021”

  1. What great family ideas! We love our local public library. They are such a fun free place. I will have to try some of your other ideas. Thanks!

  2. I must admit I thought frugality was hard and boring, but you’re right it encouraged creativity and I like the challenge. I was able to find a free reading event sponsored by our local libraries where my son earned prizes and attendance at an end of summer party for meeting his reading goals.

    1. That’s awesome! My daughter and I are currently doing a 1,000 book challenge, so that’s right up our alley. We’ll have to ask around to see if our libraries have that option.

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