The apparent increase in our workload and life-stresses means we hardly have fun things to do with kids at home and outdoors. We are willing to invest in new toys and their favorite playthings to keep them occupied around the clock. We happily shove tablets and computers in their faces and hope they stay hooked and quiet, for as long as we are busy. And it works because kids today are so attached to these devices they mean the world to them. It does not have to be that way though. In fact, we can have a lot to do with children indoors and outdoors without spending a dime.

Fun time outdoors
Fun time outdoors with children does not always require money

Fun time with kids is crucial for their health, and to help build self-confidence. It also helps to cement healthy parent-child relationships. Besides, they get to stay away from ‘addictive’ computers, game consoles, tablets, smartphones, and drugs. Instead of related addictions, they get to love the other side of life. These fun times can take place at home and outdoors. There is a need to balance between the two to stimulate both the mind and the physical body.

For example, an outdoor stroll down the park is great for the wellness of the physical body, whereas an indoor game of Scrabble sharpens the mind.

The activities selected below will work differently from household to household depending on geo-location, skill, ambition, and availability of relevant equipment. Remember, these are money free activities and should so.

Good luck and have fun.

Fun Things to Do Outdoors

bike ride
Take the child out for a bike ride
  • Bike riding
  • Watching a community soccer match
  • Playing soccer
  • Swimming
  • Watching the sunset
  • Mountain climbing
  • Go photo shooting
  • Visiting a farm and helping out
  • Making plans for a money trip
  • Visiting a zoo
  • Fishing
  • Making a miniature garden of vegetables, flowers, trees
  • Window shopping
  • Making and flying kites, paper planes
  • Scavenger hunting
  • Visiting a public library
  • Visiting a community center if available
  • Going on a date
  • Skiing
  • Taking a hike
  • Visiting a museum
  • Simply walking or go jogging
  • Volunteering to help the elderly in the neighborhood, and teaching a new skill to the community
  • Trying a new hobby
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Demonstrating for a good cause
  • Site seeing
  • Volunteering to babysit
  • Donating blood
  • Donating unused clothes to the needy
  • Selling used staff
  • Setting up a bonfire

Fun Things to Do at Home

Go painting the kitchen at at home
Go painting the kitchen at home
  • Catching an old movie
  • Painting together
  • Drawing together
  • Writing together
  • Reading storybooks, religious books
  • Making simple toys
  • Learning a new musical instrument
  • Cooking together
  • Playing a computer game
  • Playing board and other fun games: pirates, treasure hunt, magic tricks, cards, monopoly, water fight, puzzle games, scrabble
  • Going through the album
  • Repairing stuff at home: computer, radio, chairs., tables, etc
  • Learning math
  • Mastering a new language
  • Singing together, karaoke
  • Learning to code