One of the main themes of 2022 is that things are only getting more expensive. For parents, this presents a new challenge – especially when it comes to entertainment. There are countless ways to entertain your children, but many of these options can eat a large chunk out of your wallet. So what can you do to avoid the phrase that every parent dreads – “I’m bored”?
The answer is to take advantage of the hours of free entertainment that are on offer for both kids and parents! In this guide, we’ll give you some great free ways to entertain your children any time of the year!
Head to your local library
Libraries are a haven that provides protection from boredom and the elements! The past is that they’re free. Inside your children will books, magazines, comics, and more that they can read and take themselves to different places, times, and worlds. They will often have computers and other forms of entertainment that your little ones will love.
Watch free kid’s cartoons
There are countless streaming services out there that will provide entertainment for your children, the problem is the price tag. The good news is that there are plenty of free kids cartoons that will not only entertain your children but teach them important life lessons too!
Go to the beach
Getting there may cost you a train ticket or petrol, but a day to the beach will pay for itself. Your children can swim, build sandcastles, search for shells, and much more. A trip to the beach will be a memory that your children will cherish for years to come.
Take in the view
For a free activity, why not head to a lookout point or your local area? This could mean a short drive, hike, or even exploring a building in your local city that you haven’t visited. This will help your children to see new areas near you and make for a great photo opportunity.
Sports are a great way to pass the time for free. If you have a ball – such as a football – you simply need a relatively flat surface and you can let the games begin. If you don’t have a ball, that’s fine, there are plenty of other sports available that you can play.
Hide and seek
Hide and seek is a timeless classic that won’t cost you a penny. The trick is to encourage your children to get creative with their hiding places – so long as they stay safe.
Visit your local park
Exploring nature is not only fun but good for you too. Fresh air, spending time in the sun, and exercise have benefits for you and your children’s health so make sure that you put a few visits to your local park on the calendar!
Visit a museum
Museums are great fun and unique for your children to learn. As they explore the displays and exhibits, they can learn about history, science, art, culture and so much more. Most museums are free for children, making them perfect for fun on a budget. They do get busy during school breaks, so keep this in mind if you want to avoid the crowds.
Make a time capsule
A time capsule is a locked container that you hide or bury to come back to at a later date. When you come back to them, they’re wonderful windows into the past. So, find a container (something durable if you plan to bury it) and ask your children to put a few items inside. This could be a toy or even a letter to their future selves. Make sure to come back to it later!
Build a fort
Lastly, you can never go wrong with a good fort – especially on a rainy day. Gather your materials and let your children’s imaginations run wild. For extra fun, you can let them have a sleepover or a movie night in the fort!