Free or Cheap Kids Activities

Since we had children, my husband and I have moved to new cities multiple times. I have personal experience-and friends-in many areas around the country. After unpacking and setting up our home, one of my first tasks is to search free or cheap kids activities in our new area.

As a stay-at-home mom, it makes sense to seek out the free or cheap kids activities first. We have to make one income stretch as far as possible. Free and inexpensive family activities are always in need no matter the season. This series on the blog will be a collection of free or cheap activities for kids and families.

When you live on one income-or are a frugal person-free or cheap kids activities are often the best choice for getting out of the house during the week or spending time together as a family on the weekends.

This resource of kids activities will be an index of free or cheap kids activities around the world. If you do not see your area yet, leave me a comment at the end of this page. I will be adding new cities weekly.

Free or Cheap Kids Activities


National Resources

I want to begin with national and international resources where you can search for free activities in your area.

Yelp – (website and app) Search kids activities in your particular area, or surrounding area, and get detailed descriptions, ratings and maps to get you on your way. Yelp has global listings. I was able to locate kids activities in the US, Canada and France. If your town listed? Click here to search.

Groupon – Why not search kids activities in your area based on what coupons and deals are being offered. Even the most pricey events often have deal days, or free trials. It is worth a check. Click here to search kids activities on Groupon.

Macaroni Kid – Search your local area for kids activities. There is even a weekly calendar of events listed for each area as well. You can plan your week right there!

Summer Activities for Kids that are free or cheap – I shared a list of 32 national activities for kids that are free or cheap over the Summer months. Check out which ones are available all year long.

US Nationwide Activities for Kids – Playground Parkbench shares some great spots to find nationwide activities that do not cost much.

Find A Playgroup – Readers, Clare and Rachel, submitted the info that Play Connect has a national search engine for finding a playgroup in your local area. How cool is that? Be safe, take a friend with you. But, you just may find your best mom friends when you attend or host a playgroup.


Free or Cheap Kids Activities by Location

Denver, Colorado

Eastern North Carolina

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Hi-Desert, California

Jackson, Mississippi

Madison, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pensacola, Florida

San Diego, California

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Northern Virginia

Washington, D.C.

…and more locations coming soon!

Do you know about some great free or cheap kids activities for families in your area? I want to hear from you!

Fill out this form to let me know you have some activities to share in a particular area that are free, cheap, inexpensive fun for families with kids.

Since having children, my husband and I have moved to new cities multiple times. We have more moves ahead in our life as a military family. The benefit to all of our moves is I have personal experience-and friends-in many areas around the country. After unpacking and setting up our home, it is one of my first tasks to search out free or cheap kids activities in our new area. As a stay-at-home mom, it makes sense to seek out the free or cheap kids activities first, since we have to make one income stretch as far as possible. Free and inexpensive family activities are always in need no matter the season and that is why I am starting a new series on the blog that will be a collection of free or cheap activities for kids and families. This “series” or section of The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide feels like a perfect fit for this blog because when you live on one income-or are a frugal person-free or cheap kids activities are often the best choice for getting out of the house during the week or spending time together as a family on the weekends. I have taken some time to gather free or cheap activities for kids and families from many bloggers, and have organized this section of the blog into an index of cities-around the world. If you do not see your area covered yet, leave me a comment at the end of this page. Do you know about some great free or cheap kids activities for families in your area? I want to hear from you! Fill out this form to let me know you have some activities to share in a particular area that are free, cheap, inexpensive fun for families with kids. (submit your own) Free or Cheap Activities for Kids and Families To start the series off, I want to begin with national and international resources where you can search for free activities in your area. Yelp – (website and app) Search kids activities in your particular area, or surrounding area, and get detailed descriptions, ratings and maps to get you on your way. Yelp has global listings. I was able to locate kids activities in the US, Canada and France. If your town listed? Click here to search. Yuggler – (app) This is a handy app for iPhone or iPad that allows you to search for local kid-friendly events in your area. Everything from playgrounds to local museums. Search Yuggler in the app store to download it. Red Tricycle – (website) A bit more limited in location availability, Red Tricycle is great if your city is listed. So far Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, and Washington DC are linked. Groupon – Why not search kids activities in your area based on what coupons and deals are being offered. Even the most pricey events often have deal days, or free trials. It is worth a check. Click here to search kids activities on Groupon. Summer Activities for Kids that are free or cheap – I shared a list of many national activities for kids that are free or cheap over the Summer months. Kiplinger listed 50 free ways to have fun with the kids that can be done anywhere-no matter where you live. Many of you are from all over the globe, so I want to cover as many countries around the globe as possible. This will be an ongoing series to share these collections of kids activities that are free or inexpensive. I will always be updating and adding links to great informational posts in each city covered as I find more info for you. Are you a blogger who shares local kids activities for your area? Have you written about topics like this or want to? Fill out this form with your info so we can get your local activities shared in this series. Encouraging moms and parents with great free or cheap kids activities in their area is the goal and I’d love for you to be a part of it. What search engines or websites do you use to find free or cheap kids activities in your area?

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Are you a blogger who shares about free or cheap kids activities in your area? Have you written about topics like this or want to?

>>Fill out this form with your blog post info so we can get your local activities shared in this series. Encouraging moms and parents with great free or cheap kids activities in their area is the goal and I’d love for you to be a part of it.

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Grab some free or cheap kids activities by location to do in your area. This ongoing series shares great resources of free or inexpensive activities for kids in specific areas around the world. Have a great free or cheap activity for kids suggestion? Submit your ideas too!

Grab some free or cheap kids activities by location to do in your area. This ongoing series shares great resources of free or inexpensive activities for kids in specific areas around the world. Have a great free or cheap activity for kids suggestion? Submit your ideas too!