8 Budget-Friendly Activities for the Family

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Most people with a family live on a budget. Raising kids is an expensive endeavor, especially when you factor in saving for college for each of your children. As the cost of living rises, the need for budget-friendly activities becomes more important than ever. Here are 8 budget-friendly activities for the family.


Camping doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. If you have a tent, you can even “camp” in your backyard with your kids. You can make s’mores over the fire pit and sleep in sleeping bags. Kids will love spending this time sleeping outdoors and doing other fun camping activities.

Going to the Beach

If you live close to a lake or by the ocean, a trip to the beach is a great way to spend a warm summer day. Kids enjoy building sandcastles, burying a sibling or parent in the sand, and swimming in the cool refreshing water. You can pack a lunch and have a picnic at the beach.

If you live in the Western New York region, check out our list of WNY beaches here!

Library day

Most libraries have many different activities to do. Kids enjoy getting their own library cards and finding books to take home. You can bring the kids for storytime, or some libraries have free craft times. Look at your local library. You are sure to find fun activities for your family.

Upcycling arts and crafts

Kids enjoy arts and crafts. Teaching them about upcycling is a fun and creative way to spend the day. Let them pick an item from the recycling bin and use their imagination. Have lots of paints, markers, construction paper, scissors, and glue. Cover a table with newspaper, and make sure the kids are wearing something to protect their clothes. It will be a day to remember.

As an idea, use old magazines to make this artsy collage of your favorite things!

Hiking or bicycling

If you live by a nature preserve or park, take the kids on a hike. You can talk about the different plants and animals you see as you hike. If you have a local bike path taking everyone, bicycling is another fun activity to do outdoors. Plus, this is a great way to get exercise.

Scavenger hunt

Make a list of things to find around the house, make teams, and go around the neighborhood. It is exciting for kids to search for different items, to see who can find them all first. You can have them take a photo of the item if it is something you wouldn’t take home, like a bird’s nest.

Check out these scavenger hunts you can do with your kids!

Let’s Take A Drive Buffalo Printable Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Outdoor and Nature Scavenger Hunt Games for Toddlers

Printable Indoor Scavenger Hunt For Toddlers

Indoor Scavenger Hunt Bingo Cards For Kids

Visit the flea market

Giving the kids a couple of dollars is plenty when searching for treasures at the flea market. Maybe they are looking for something to add to a collection or something for their hobby. Either way, the flea market is a great way to find bargains and spend the day.

Go to museums on a free day

Most museums have free or discount days for people to enjoy the day at the museum and not break the bank. Museums have lots of different activities for kids to do, see, and learn about.

With a little creativity, you can find lots of budget-friendly activities for your family to do. You can plan a few activities and write them on the calendar to give the kids something to look forward to. Your kids will enjoy spending this time together as a family.

Raising kids is an expensive endeavor!  Fun doesn't have to cost a lot, however, so here are 8 budget-friendly activities for the family.

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