Fab Five Cheap Family Activities


Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive at all! In fact, there are some pretty cheap but fun activities your whole family can do and have fun all together! It not only gives you quality family time together but also helps you to save money at this expensive time of year. Here are our Fab Five for Friday cheap family activities.

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Go on a Winter Walk

Going on a winter walk is a perfect way to spend time with your family, have lots of fun, and it’s free! Why not plan an eye spy list for your walk and collect things to make a winter collage. Wrap up warm, and have races too for some exercise.

Make a family movie

If your whole family loves watching movies, why not try to make one by yourself! All you need to have is a camera, smartphone or tablet that records video (most do these days), and an idea for a movie where every one of your family will have to act something. It can be anything you think of – a story about princesses and Knights, an action movie, or just a comedy. The children will love it, and you will have so much fun. Invite the rest of your family over to the premier!

Paint like Pollock

Another super fun activity your children can do with you is to get a big canvas, cover the floor with an old sheet, get a few cans of different colour paints and paint like Pollock! I am talking about Jackson Pollock the famous painter who splashed paint all over the canvas creating very interesting paintings. Try making art just like him! It will get a bit messy (maybe do it at your Nan’s!)  but you will have a unique piece of art that you all made together! (Psssst – this is my very favourite idea!)

Collect coupons

You can also have a little couponing party and ask your little ones to cut out or print all the coupons they found. It can be a nice activity for kids because they will feel important and helpful. It will save you money too!  To start, go to coupons’ websites such as  ChameleonJohn or Ashliegh Money Saver and find all the coupons you can use to shop cheaper. After some time of practicing and searching for the best deals, you will be able to save money super quick!


Have a karaoke night

Finally, you can have a really fun evening without leaving your home and just use the internet! Visit YouTube and look for special videos which shows the lyrics or specific karaoke ones and throw a family karaoke night! You will be able to sing your heart out and have a great time with your family as well. Perfect and free!

What are your ideas for cheap family activities?



  1. no karaoke in this house we are all tone deaf. Agree with the winter walks though collecting items that can be talked about later, or collecting leaves and painting them.
    You have a braver Nan than I am if she lets you paint in her house, painting according to this gran is for at home or in my garden.
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  2. I love the idea of making a family movie! Telling a story or acting out a play! What a great suggestion Ickle Pickle! x
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  3. We love cheap family fun in this house, some great ideas here! 🙂
    Once a week, we have “Movie Night”, but had never thought of making our own. I guess that could be fun – although I’m camera shy lol so would leave it up to the kids, and Dad too if he’s joining in. 😀
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  4. Love all these, and have done them all as well, we also love baking as well x
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  5. Great ideas, Snuggling up with a movie is our fav winter activity but we do love wrapping up and going on winter walks too x
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  6. What some fantastic ideas, I now have images of me and family all signing away in my head. x
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  7. Love these ideas. Really like the sound of making a family movie and my daughter loves to sing so karaoke night would go down a treat. x
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  8. What a great I think Karaoke nights are an inexpensive night of unadulterated fun! Even if you are the worlds worst singer it doesn’t matter as it is just a bit of fun!
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  9. I never thought about a Karaoke night, every evening Ben, Abbie & I have a dance around the living room to burn excess energy before she goes to bed, she loves Taylor Swift Shake it Off, so we have that on for about 45 minutes! I’m usually knackered! Also love winter walks, we tend to go on them 4 days out of 7, depending on the weather, Abbie is such a nature kid, loves being outside and spotting wildlife things 🙂 x

  10. I love these ideas! I’ll be doing these with my girls as they get older. I love the idea of making a family movie. They’ll love that!

  11. What fab ideas, I think there is nothing better than a family walk in the autumn months 🙂

    Gemma xx
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  12. Great tips! Definitely need to think about doing more of these to save money. You don’t have to spend money to have a good time with your family x
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  13. There are some lovely ideas here, though I will do anything possible to avoid Karaoke x
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  14. Some great ideas. It always feels good doing things that don’t cost much or nothing at all. Going for walks and crafts are definitely our go to cheap activities!
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  15. I love the idea of a karaoke night. We do lots of free activities with our kiddies. Nature trails, feeding the ducks and days chilling at home are our favourites.
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  16. Great suggestions here hun. I think going for walks, doing sensory treasure hunts, jumping in muddy puddles and visiting museums are just some of our favourites! xx
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  17. I love going on winter walks when the weather plays ball. It’s greta to get out of the house, and my little one loves it.
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  18. These are great ideas, I especially like the painting like Pollock idea!
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  19. These are great activities for the family. I love the Pollock idea – great fun 🙂
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  20. Oh, what lovely ideas, especially the movie! We love going for winter walks. It’s pretty difficult at the moment as my husband is out of action and it’s a struggle to take two children and two dogs out by myself. This just makes me want to do it even more I’m getting cabin fever.x
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  21. I love going on walks, and to the local park – collecting things to make crafts with is always fun. Playing out in the garden if you have one is great too!
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  22. I love going on winter walks and being all wrapped up! xxx

  23. Now karaoke night sounds like a lot of fun
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  24. Staying indoors, the cheapest family activity ever, lol.
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  25. We love going on winter walks! The idea of letting them loose on a big canvas is fab. Ava would love it! xx
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  26. I think my daughter would love to make a family movie, she is always filming people and taking pictures. Some great ideas here thank you
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  27. Great ideas. I love a cheap day out, I tend to save up my Tesco vouchers and trade them in for days out vouchers.

  28. A winter walk would be my pick! Love getting all wrapped up and heading out to the local woods. Unless it’s windy and raining – then you couldn’t pay me to go outside… 😉 x
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  29. Great ideas! I love going on walks and just capturing little moments. I will have to dig the paint out and let my 2 year old have a go at painting too.. I’ll have to ignore the mess though haha! xx
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  30. All fab ideas, although I don’t think my family would appreciate a karaoke night with me; I am the worst singer in the world! We went on a walk in the woods today, it was all muddy and dirty and wet and cold… We loved it! Lol! x
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  31. Good ideas, I’m always looking for cheap things to do with the kids, although I’m not sure I’m brace enough to paint like pollock!!
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  32. Fab ideas and proof that you don’t have to spend bucket loads of cash to have fun. And such a cute photo, the eyes definitely have it – and it seems to be all about the stick 😉
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  33. Fab list. We like to go for walks in the woods and pretend we’re looking for the Gruffalo! x
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  34. Ah I haven’t done karaoke in years, some are very thankful for this haha, great list of ideas x
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  35. A fab post with some great ideas. We have some woods behind out house and we often wrap up and go for winters walks there. But I also love the idea of making a movie and painting like Pollark. They are genus and something I hope to do with Little Miss H now that she is a little older. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  36. I love the idea of painting like Pollock! I love art in any form and always encourage my kids to be creative x
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  37. Haha, thank you for this. Going to really come in handy when I get kids.

  38. I’d never convince my lot to do karaoke, unfortunately, but we often have evenings where we go through Youtube playing favourite tracks
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  39. Having a great time with your children does not need to cost a fortune. Some wonderful ideas; I especially love the winter walk idea.
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