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free and cheap spring activities for families

Find a list of 79 fun free and cheap spring activities that you can do with your kids!

The days are getting longer and warmer, the trees are getting greener, the plants are starting to grow, and spring is in the air! Now that the cold winter is (mostly) behind us, there are lots of fun things you can do to celebrate the warmer weather!




Free and Cheap Spring Activities for Kids That You Can Do at Home

Plant flowers or a fruit tree.

Go on an Easter egg hunt.

Decorate hard-boiled eggs.

Plant a small garden.

Play dolls or superheroes.

Play pirates or ships.

Build a race track and have a race.

Make chocolate milk or hot cocoa and make and decorate homemade donuts.

Make and decorate cookies.

Make banana splits or hot fudge sundaes.

Make caramel popcorn.

Read together.

Read an Easter story.

Reenact the Easter story.

Write and act out a simple play.

Color or marker together.

Draw rainbows.

Play house (or family, as my five-year-old daughter likes to call it) or school or bakery (or ice cream shop—you get the idea :)).

Go on a scavenger hunt.

Draw a map and go on a treasure hunt.

Paint together.

Do finger painting.

Have your children invite a handful of friends over to play simple games like “Duck, Duck, Goose,” “Musical Chairs,” “Hot Potato,” “London Bridges,” “Follow the Leader,” and so on.

Have a tea party.

Play dress-up.

Form a band (create or gather together simple musical instruments to play together as a family or with friends).

Dance together.

Choreograph a simple dance routine.

Do aerobics or other exercises together.

Do simple (maybe edible) crafts together. You can find ideas for fun spring kids crafts here.

Give the kids a bubble bath.

Play age-appropriate board games and card games together.

Play with wooden blocks.

Play with marble tube games.

Play with plastic building blocks.

Do puzzles together.

Do chalk art.

Blow bubbles.

Write a silly poem or story.

Use a flashlight in a darkened room to make shadow puppets.

Build a fort out of chairs or sectional furniture and large sheets or blankets.

Let the kids help to make a simple meal.

Play on your swing set.

Jump on the trampoline.

Color with chalk on the sidewalk.

Play tag in the backyard.

Play hide and seek.

Let your kids help you garden.

Play catch.

Play Frisbees.

Play kickball or football.

Go camping as a family in the backyard if it is warm enough.

Make indoor s’mores.

Have a hot dog or marshmallow roast in the backyard.

Go “camping” in your family room for the night (my kids love this one!).

Watch a movie together (let your kids pick it).

Ask your children what they want to do, and then do it! 🙂

Free and Cheap Spring Activities for Kids That You Can Do on the Go

Go for a bike ride, or ride scooters.

Visit cousins or set up a play date with friends.

Visit grandma or grandpa.

Go to a free or inexpensive Easter concert or pageant.

Go to a free or inexpensive music concert.

Go for a drive up the canyon.

Visit a state or national park.

Go puddle jumping.

Head to a warmer area of the state (or a nearby state) to go camping.

Go to an indoor (or outdoor, if it’s warm enough) pool.

Go out for (inexpensive) ice cream.

Go to a kid-friendly restaurant with a play area and buy ice cream or inexpensive food the kids can eat for a snack, and then let them play for an hour (or three).

Go to an inexpensive movie (dollar theater).

Go for a walk or hike.

Ride skateboards or inline skates.

Go to the park.

Fly kites.

Go on a picnic.

Go to the community rec center (consider getting an annual pass).

Visit free or inexpensive museums or aquariums (or go on a day when admission is free or reduced).

Go to the zoo (especially when you can get reduced-price or free admission).

Go to activities or to read at the library.

Go to an inexpensive fun center or jumping gym.


There are so many free and inexpensive things you can do to help keep your children entertained this spring! They definitely don’t need to be sitting in front of the TV or an electronic device all afternoon or evening long when there are so many fun free or cheap options.


What activities do you do with your kids for fun during the spring? What inexpensive spring activities does your family participate in? I would love to hear what your family does as well, so leave a comment below and let me know!


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