As a parent, I know you have a lot on your plate. Between work and family life, there are times when you need to take some downtime, even if it’s for just an hour or two. That’s why I’m here with a list of ideas for enjoyable activities to do for kids on your day off.
Go on a hike.
Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. You can go with friends, family or by yourself.
- Go on a hike at your local park or nature reserve.
- Hikes are free! You don’t have to pay for parking or admission fees, and you won’t need any equipment like boots, clothes, and sunscreen because there will be plenty of trees around where you can hide away from the sun if necessary.
Visit a museum.
Museum visits are a fun way to learn about history or art. Museums are free, and most of them have special days where they’re open for no charge. Some museums also have special exhibits or events for kids—check their websites before you visit!
Visit your local library.
Libraries are free, have books and movies, and host programs for children. Libraries can be found in most towns and cities.
We have found that our local library has a lot of great resources for kids (and adults). They have computers available for use and Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected while you visit!
Do an at-home science experiment.
Have you ever wondered how to make a volcano erupt? It’s all about heat and water, so let’s get started:
- Take an enormous container, like a bowl or bucket, and fill it with water, so it’s at least three-quarters full.
- Add food coloring to the water (to create colors like orange or blue) if desired; this gives your volcano more visual appeal! Then place that colored mixture on top of your dish/bowl/etc., where you’ll place any materials when making your volcano eruption happen later in this lesson plan!
Read books together.
- Read a book together.
- Read one of your books and then discuss it with the child. If they don’t want to read it, try another one or go on an adventure related to the story you just read!
Make a fun snack together.
- Make a smoothie.
- Make a fruit salad.
- Make a fruit pizza.
- Make a fruit kebab.
- Make a fruit kabob (or “kebab,” if you prefer).
- Keep it simple and have fun with our favorite combinations: strawberry/banana, blueberry/strawberry, pineapple/kiwi, and more!
Do a craft together.
Crafts are a great way to bond with your children and are easy on the wallet. It’s important to remember that you don’t need any unique materials or equipment for crafts; all you need is imagination and creativity.
You can make crafts from natural materials such as eggs, clay, Play-Doh, modeling paste (sold at most craft stores), or recycled materials like old wrapping paper left over from presents this year. You can also purchase some of these items online if necessary—just make sure they’re safe for kids!
Finally, it’s important not only what type of craft activity but also how long it lasts before they become dull or repetitive (if more than one child is playing together).
Although some of these are also done in daycare, it’s more fun when you do it with your kids.
If you want something that lasts longer than an hour but doesn’t require too much time spent on each phase during playtime, then consider doing something like creating an ice cream cone out of popsicle sticks instead because those seem pretty fun 🙂
Do arts and crafts with sidewalk chalk.
You can create a fun design on the driveway or sidewalk with sidewalk chalk. You may want to draw something that represents your family, such as a picture of all the members of your family, a heart-shaped picture of them altogether, or even just one person.
If you have kids, they might like to draw themselves in their favorite colors and wear outfits from their favorite movies or shows. This is also an excellent way for adults who don’t have time for arts and crafts because it doesn’t take long!
There are plenty of free things to do as a family!
There are plenty of free things to do as a family! You can do them at home, so you don’t have to spend money. It’s also a great way to spend time together and learn new things.
- Make homemade playdough (or buy it)
- Play games like checkers and chess
- Watch movies or shows on Netflix or Hulu
We hope these ideas help you on your next day off with the kids and that they’re fun! Remember to keep this list in mind when planning your next adventure.