Whilst it may be simple to have a no spend weekend with kids, it’s most certainly not easy.
Kids may not like doing the things we adults do to spend money- like food shopping for instance- and are happy with simple things, but it’s much more difficult to organise pulling off a no spend weekend with kids.
It’s easy to say ‘kids enjoy the free stuff just as much as expensive stuff’. It’s difficult, as adults to follow our own advice.
We want to make sure they’re exposed to a range of environments that we think are good for them- either for fun, development or both, and are happy to pay for that.
I’m guilty of telling my sister that she doesn’t have to spend money to entertain the girls, but as soon as I have them for a day, my mind jumps to all the cool places that we can visit and the free stuff doesn’t feel as fun to me!
I know that kids enjoy the free stuff- I was a kid once myself- and I’m sure you know that too! Whether you’re ready to tackle the mountainess challenge of a no spend weekend with kids in tow, or just want ideas for a few activities where you can keep your purse or wallet tucked away, check out my list of ideas for a no spend (family!) weekend.
32 things to do on a no spend weekend with kids
- Pond dipping- you can make your own net and download a guide to insects here
- Feed the ducks
- Go on a bike ride
- Play in the park
- Launch a rocket
- Fly a kite
- Make a kite if you don’t already have one
- Craft recycling- Dig out cereal boxes, loo roll tubes, egg boxes and get creative!
- Play board games
- Make a new board game
- Make a treasure hunt
- Play hide the pegs in the garden
- Wash the car… just don’t expect perfection from little helpers!!
- Go on a nature walk
- Creative fun with a cardboard box
- Visit the library
- Watch a movie (you’ll probably be able to borrow for free from the library)
- Try geocaching
- Check out your store cupboard and bake up some tasty treats
- Have a picnic
- Make greetings cards
- Go to the beach (or a nearby play area with a sandpit)
- Visit a museum that has free entry
- Go for a stroll, walk or hike
- Make a bird kebab
- Play pooh sticks
- Go puddle jumping
- Make an obstacle course- indoor or outdoor
- Do some gardening (even if that just means digging a hole and watering the lawn!)
- Visit a pet shop
- Read and make up stories
- Take part in or watch local events in your town or city, like car shows, morris dancing or carnivals!
Ready to give it a shot?
It may not be as tough as you think! I have 5 simple tips for how to have a successful no spend weekend to help you along the way too!
If it seems to daunting right now or you wanna save this for later, why not pin it?
Have you tried a no spend weekend with kids and how did you get on? Was is easy or hard and what did they think of their weekend?