Fun Activities for Kids | theSkimm

I am. Bored. Most parents have heard these two words from their children. More than one time. The good news: splurging on expensive theme parks isn’t your only option for beating boredom. Free activities for kids can be just as fun. And educational. (The bad news: They’ll soon be bored again. Probably.)

What free kids activities should we try?

Free is the new craze. Stop by one of the many museums that offer free entry usually or only on certain days. Or go out to dinner on evenings without meals for the children, offered in many restaurants nationwide (hi, Moe’s). Even national parks offer free entry days.

What about activities for children at home?

Staying can also be fun. Even without video games. Think of rainy (or quarantine) days. Some ideas: Bring the museum home and organize an exhibition of your children’s works. Or get your hands dirty Science snackseasy, teacher-approved activities that explore science.

It looks messy. Other ideas?

Pull out a deck of cards for clean fun. Try a game of Go Fish for toddlers. Or more challenging games like Spit or Gin Rummy for teens. Or debate the new Uno champion in the house. Psst…need more ideas? Here is 17 games, puzzles and cards to stay indoors.

I have to leave my house. How about outdoor activities?

If you have (access to) a pool, try pool volleyball. All you need is an inflatable net to get started. And an inflatable balloon. Otherwise, a local (or backyard) wading pool is a good alternative.

If you prefer to stay dry, bring game day outdoors with a giant Jenga set. Or maybe an obstacle course for more intense competition. Because bragging rights never get old. Until the next game. PS: here it is 11 other outdoor activities for a re-up on bragging rights.


Children get bored quickly. But there are so many activities that keep the fun going. And within budget.

Skimmed by Dae Cason, Megan Beauchamp, Sagine Corrielus, Kamaron McNair, Stacy Rapacon and Alicia Valenski

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