Getting out and about on a budget
Being on a tight budget doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun and the latest movies. Score cheap tickets to the movies, amusement parks and sporting events by keeping an eye out for deals like these:
Have some arty fun
Art galleries are a great low budget outing for families, and most offer loads of free activities for kids.
It’s all free and the kids will have so much fun that you’ll have to drag them away at the end of the day!
Pop to the park
It sounds obvious, but we often forget that beating boredom can be as simple as getting the kids outside for a change of scene – and it doesn’t have to cost a cent! Pack some snacks, grab the scooters and head to your local park – or venture to one you haven’t visited before – for the kids to burn off some energy.
Tip: Pal up with a friend and take it in turns to mind the kids while you each go for a walk or grab a coffee and five minutes of much needed peace!
Explore your local wilderness and hike some of the many nature trails nearby. Pop online to your local National Parks website for walk ideas, or visit Short Walks for walks ranked by location and accessibility to public transport, and even some that are pram and dog friendly.
Go fruit picking, and whip up a family treat using your finds!
Not sure where to find fruit trees near you? Here’s a list of pick your own fruit farms in
At home budget boredom busters
Explore your inner Einstein
Budding scientists will love these cheap and easy science experiments
Go old school with an indoor cubby house
Remember raiding Mum’s linen closet and draping sheets all over the furniture to create your very own cubby house, and disappearing into it for the day? Well, it’s still just as much fun now as it was then! Grab a pile of linen and let the kids turn your living room into an indoor wonderland. Best of all, if you deliver a few snacks and perhaps a colouring book or two, you’ll get a few hours of peace and quiet!
Stop boredom with board games
Grab those forgotten board games out from the back of the cupboard and join the kids in a good old fashioned games session – you’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have! Trusty favourites like Monopoly, Battleship, Cluedo, Connect Four and Snakes and Ladders never fail to entertain. If you don’t have any good board games, borrow some or swap with a friend, or check out the range of games and toys at your local Op-shop.
Play with play dough
No matter how old you are, playing with playdough never gets old! It’s easy to make your own and costs next to nothing, find the recipe here. Whip up a batch, add your rolling pin and some cookie cutters and watch the kids get busy.
For hours of outdoor fun, grab a pack of water bombs at your local supermarket, pop the kids into their swimmers and just add water. Send the kids out into the garden for a water bomb play session – they’ll have hours of fun for no more than a few dollars!
Raid your recycling for boxes and containers, add a roll of tape and a few kitchen supplies like aluminium foil and paper plates, and challenge the kids to a sculptural session. They’ll have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild, creating robots, cars and all sorts of characters!