20 Fun Free Holiday Activities

We are saving for an overseas holiday so these holiday is all about cutting costs and finding FREE entertainment.

20 Fun Free Holiday Activities

This is a really fun idea for the kids to do over the holidays, you could put flowers, strawberries or herbs in the pots!Learn how to make a DIY Upcycled Rainbow Pallet Flower Garden Planter at Hello Creative Family.


Here are some ideas you may like to use:

  1. Picnic in the park
  2. Bake some cupcakes, ice and decorate
  3. $1 cheap DVD Movies night at home
  4. Bunnings have fun free activities
  5. Letter to Santa, will help you get organised for Christmas
  6. Local council activities, check your councils website for more details.
  7. Make a cubby house under the dining table
  8. Local library activities, check at the library for activities schedule.
  9. Shopping centre usually have free activities each school holiday’s
  10. Buy some butchers paper and make create your own wrapping paper for Christmas or birthdays.
  11. Crafts at home
  12. Create your own story book
  13. Rearrange bedrooms
  14. Teddy Bears picnic in the backyard
  15. Plant some flowers in the garden
  16. Board games are so much fun
  17. Visit local museum
  18. Visit a farm and feed the animals
  19. Make and fly a kite
  20. Write a letter to grandparents, aunty or cousins.
  21. Spend the day in PJ’s.

Hope you find these suggestions helpful!!

This post was originally published on September 20th 2010.

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Melissa September 20, 2010 - 5:32 PM

There is a great website called Savvy Mama that you can subscribe to for free & it sends you a weekly email outlining the free & nearly free activities that are being held on the Gold Coast for the coming week. It is aimed at people with kiddies but I still find it great just to know what's on eg last week we went to the SWELL sculpture festival on the beach.

Katrina - The Organi September 22, 2010 - 5:55 AM

i'll go do that, thanks Melissa!

Melissa September 20, 2010 - 5:39 PM

There's also an AWESOME book called Saving Mum that is full of tips on how to entertain kids the old fashioned inexpensive way (eg making grassheads) as well as lots of recipes, cleaning tips etc for saving money (& often the environment). I have a copy if you would like a loan, Katrina :0)

Katrina - The Organi September 22, 2010 - 5:59 AM

loving all your tips, I have just put the book on hold at the library, will enjoy having a look through it.

Chelle September 20, 2010 - 5:56 PM

* Bake one or two of those cake mixes that sits in the pantry and have a dress up tea party with the dolls, trains etc.
* Have a BIG clean up day with a coin jar and prices on jobs to be done etc 20c, $1
* Swimming in the pool – those in southern states add food colouring to a warm bath, swimmers on toss in the toys – mid day swim is loads of fun – beats the night time fighting bath

Happy Holidays

Katrina - The Organi September 22, 2010 - 6:00 AM

We got our pool all ready the weekend before the holidays, so the kids could swim in it, but it's been raining each day since the holiday's have started 🙁 Great tips Chelle, love the Jar idea!!

ash December 22, 2010 - 4:18 AM

Hey, was looking for stuff to do over the hols, cuz I am bored. And all the "routines" and stuff seem good. I'm gonna try them next year when school starts cuz it will be my first year in highschool…

i got a question though, I'm guessing most of your kids are younger than me, as their bed time is 7, but you posted your routines for after school with times, starting at 3.30 ending at 7. Well, I go to bed at 9, I was wondering if you have, or could, post a suggestion? Thanks!

Btw, your website is awesum! really helpful!

Katrina December 22, 2010 - 6:34 AM

Hi Ash, absolutely I would love to do one for you. How long do you do home work for each day. Do you prefer to do it in the evenings or when you get home from school? What other things would you do in an afternoon that I have listed on the younger kids routine??

Amie McIlroy March 30, 2012 - 10:16 PM

Hi! I am a member of the Kids Blogger Network and I would love to Pin this to an offshoot board called Frugal Family Fun. Hope you don’t mind.

Wildangellelynde May 26, 2012 - 2:40 AM

dont know of any farms that are free to visit in the uk but i do like alot of the other suggestions for free activities
even museums you have to pay for now 

Going mad June 26, 2012 - 11:49 AM

It’s raining in Sydney today and I’m home with 3 kids (5, 3 & 2) watching tele, very bored and fighting – which I feel terribly guilty about. You wouldn’t happen to have a list of “ideas for mess free indoor activities for toddlers on rainy days”??? A very short list I would imagine 🙂

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 2:10 AM

No I don’t, but have a look at Be A Fun Mum website, Kelly has some fantastic ideas!

Going Mad June 27, 2012 - 10:09 AM

Thanks 🙂

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 9:54 PM

Your welcome J

gabsta June 26, 2012 - 4:22 PM

I made a tent for the top of our dinning room table, l cut out a piece of material a tab bigger than the top of my table then used the table again to cut four pieces of material to go from the top of the table to the floor, l cut the long piece in half to create a flap for them to go in and out and sewed it all together, best of all when they are done it just gets folded up and put away in the linen press.

Katrina June 27, 2012 - 2:09 AM

Great idea, I am sure the kids had a blast!

Kristy March 29, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for the great ideas, will definitely keep in mind come these school holidays.. 🙂


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