27 Best No Cost Weekend Ideas with Your Kids


One of the biggest struggles as a dad is coming up with no cost weekend ideas to entertain you little ones.

If your kids are anything like mine, they are constantly asking what the plan is. What are we doing today? Can we go do fun stuff and spend a bunch of money? C’mon dad what’s the plan for the weekend?

Well let me tell ya, I have listened to these questions every weekend for years so I decided to turn the tables.

I sat my daughter down and asked her what she wanted to do? The answer did not surprise me in the least.

“I Dunno!”

Apparently I have taken on a new career as a stay at home dad and it’s referred to as party planner or fun day coordinator or some such.

But, like many of you, I am not suited for this line of work so I created a spreadsheet and now when asked those oh so loving questions I simply hand my daughter the list and say pick one.

To my daughters credit she did create over half the activities on the list and we have been checking them off for a few weeks now.

Here is our list: In no particular order

  • Sell stuff on eBay
  • Collect unused clothes and shoes and donate to charity
  • Learn about gardening
  • Go to the library and explore
  • Minimalize clutter in drawers
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Play board games
  • Go to the free day at the museum or zoo.
  • Attend a free music/movie/festival
  • Do an art or craft project
  • Go on a hike
  • Organize pictures on your devices. Create a photo album
  • Learn a new skill together
  • Read a story out loud
  • Go to the park
  • Schedule a play date with a friend
  • Make fun YouTube videos
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Cook a meal together
  • Play video games together
  • Repurpose an old piece of furniture
  • Have a fashion show
  • Fitness or yoga together
  • Play musical instruments – band jam
  • Learn 10 words in a foreign language.
  • Have a dance party
  • Skype with out of state friends/family

I could have written out descriptions for each activity but where is the fun in that. This list is supposed to inspire you to get creative, but just make sure you are willing and able to do the activities that go on your list. Notice there is no ‘put makeup on dad’ activity!

So, next time the kids are asking what the plan is for the weekend, you have 27 ideas for them to choose from that wont cost you a cent. It should be enough to cover several weekends each year. Just make sure that you don’t spend any money on any of the activities – because that’s the whole point, right!

Do you have a similar list or things that should be added?

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