Family Fun Activities

Ideas for cheap family fun activities and family outing for single moms.

Being a single mom takes you away from your kids most of the weekdays. The time left to spend with them is during the weeknights and weekends. So whatever time you have with you your children is priceless. You'd probably try to allocate time and arrange for some family time and have some fun activities. But most activities are quite expensive. Even a night at the movies will affect your budget and you usually don't have much to spare.

The best thing to do is choose inexpensive outdoor fun activities for kids. What's important is to spend time together to create long lasting memories.

Here are inexpensive outdoor family fun activities that you can have with your kids. You can get some for free.

The outdoors.

Outdoor activities are usually good on the budget and won't drain your wallet. Camping is a cheap fun family outdoor activity. You can pitch a tent in the backyard or rent space at a campground. Bring along the outdoor grill and some hamburgers or hot dogs or catch some fish to grill or fry.

Another alternative is going to the parks with playground equipment. Children just love to it. They can also blow bubbles. Or you can go fishing. Your kids will feel so proud when they make a catch. Bring snacks or lunch from home and have a picnic. The other option is to go on a hiking trail for exercise and exploration.


If there is a drive-in near your area, go for that because it is cheaper that watching a movie at the regular theater. And you can bring your own drinks and snacks. There is also the matinee that offers reduced prices. Some even have free kid-oriented movies on weekend days.


Going to the concert is pricey especially if a famous band is performing. Check your local paper for free concerts in the park.

More ideas on inexpensive family fun activities:

  1. Go for a bike ride on a scenic trail with your kids and then have ice cream.

  2. You can bring them to a petting zoo where they can feed and pet the animals.

  3. Go to the beach for a swim, build sand castles and have a picnic, if weather permits.

  4. Go to a museum where they offer free or cheap admission. The aquarium is another option.

  5. Go to the library, better still if there's a story hour, and later have a treat.

  6. Play miniature golf. Admission is usually quite reasonable.

  7. Play basketball, volleyball or kickball at the backyard or at the park.

  8. Take them for boating if you live near a lake or river. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are inexpensive.

  9. Take them to the public swimming pool.

  10. Get them to try gardening or planting flowers at your yard.

  11. Attend events at a nearby college. These may include plays, concerts, dance recitals and movie showings. Prices are low, and student discounts usually apply to kids, too.

  12. Attend a craft fair, festival, carnival or pottery making.

  13. Fly kites in the park or the backyard.

  14. Let them see what a farmers market is like.

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