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Budget-Friendly Family Days Out

As parents, we’re constantly on the lookout for activities to entertain our children but it can be difficult to find ones that fit within our budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for budget-friendly family days out! From picnics in the park to exploring free museums and community events, here’s a guide to affordable family days out.


One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to spend time with your family is by having a picnic. Get your children to help pack some tasty treats and a blanket, and head outdoors. Sharing food in a relaxed setting is a great way to encourage conversations and is great for a budget-friendly family day out. Take a ball, frisbee, outdoor games, or kite to add to the fun.

Budget-Friendly Museums, Galleries & Libraries: 

Many cities and towns have museums and galleries with free admission, featuring exhibits on history, science, art and more. Libraries often host storytelling sessions, craft activities and educational programmes for children of all ages. A great option, especially on rainy days. There are several you can visit in the UK. Click here to read more about them

Budget-Friendly Events & Cultural Festivals: 

Keep an eye out for community events and cultural festivals happening in your area. These often include live music, food vendors, arts and crafts stalls, and activities for children. Whether it’s a street fair, farmers’ market or cultural celebration, these events offer a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for families to enjoy together. Many of them are free or have low-cost entry fees, making them accessible to everyone.

Nature Walks: 

Take advantage of local nature areas for outdoor exploration on a budget. A great way to foster a love of nature and physical activity. Bring along a magnifying glass and binoculars to observe wildlife close up, and encourage your children to collect leaves, rocks and other treasures along the way that they can explore more closely at home or use for craft activities.


Children love playing in water. Whether it’s a day at the beach, an afternoon paddling in a stream or a trip to the local splash park – water seems to bring instant happiness and is a great budget-friendly family day out. Use the opportunity to do a spot of rock pooling or pond/stream dipping, which will teach your children about the wildlife found in our waters, encouraging them to care for nature. And don’t let the rain stop you; there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing.

Discounted Attractions & Travel:

Look for discount coupons, special offers, or off-peak deals to save money on admission to zoos, theme parks, historic landmarks etc. Check out their websites or social media pages for current promotions and offers to get the most for your money. Also, group discounts or off-peak deals are available to help you save money on public transport, reducing the cost of your day out even further. 

Outdoor Sports and Recreation: 

Get active and enjoy outdoor sports and activities as a family. Make use of the public courts available in many parks for tennis, basketball etc. Go for a bike ride along a scenic route or join a park run. Many communities also offer free or low-cost family yoga classes or group fitness sessions in parks, providing opportunities for families to stay fit and healthy together. 


A modern-day treasure hunt is sure to entice your children outside to explore and learn about their local area. All you need is a GPS device. Begin by registering for free membership on the Geocaching website, then enter your postcode to uncover nearby geocaches. By using coordinates posted online, your family is ready to set off on the hunt for hidden treasure! 

DIY Tours: 

Create your own tour and outdoor adventure by exploring different towns, landmarks and points of interest in your area. This is budget-friendly and encourages your children to research and plan an itinerary and be the map readers on your self-guided tour. Incorporate fun challenges or trivia along the way to keep everyone entertained and motivated throughout.

Go to the Movies: 

Forking out for tickets, popcorn and drinks can often amount to a small fortune. However many cinemas offer special deals which enable children and their adults to get cut-price tickets for morning showings at the weekends and during the school holidays, providing an affordable option for family outings. So maybe popcorn isn’t out of the question after all! 

Eating Out: 

An increasing number of restaurants now offer deals where children eat for free, significantly reducing the cost of dining out. Before heading out, be sure to check whether the offer is available for walk-ins, if it requires prior booking, or even requires you to get a voucher first.

Budget-Friendly Annual Memberships & Passes:

It’s worth considering getting an annual membership if you plan on visiting an attraction often throughout the year. Many theme parks, zoos, safari parks, historic buildings etc offer membership packages offering significant savings. Annual/monthly subscription fees are generally affordable, and new members can sometimes enjoy a trial period at a minimal cost.


Give back to your community as a family by volunteering together at a local charity, food bank, or animal rescue centre. Not only does volunteering promote empathy and compassion, but it’s also a great way to bond as a family. Plus, it doesn’t cost anything to lend a helping hand to those in need. 

With a little creativity and resourcefulness, there are plenty of low-cost options for family outings that offer fun and excitement without costing the earth. Whether you’re exploring nature, enjoying a cultural festival, or volunteering in your community, the key is to prioritise quality time spent together as a family. So seize the moment and set off on your budget-friendly adventures!