9 Ways to Entertain Your Kids Without Going Broke

This has always seemed to be such a struggle for me when it comes to the weekends and I’m trying to figure out family stuff activities without going broke. It’s a fun and yet weekly struggle for me. As a busy parent who works full-time, I’m sure other parents in my situation can agree with me. I decided to come up with a list of ways to entertain your kids without going broke. Hopefully, this list can help busy parents everywhere by helping keep a good work/life balance.

The Library is always free

I wrote a post about how I discovered a library in my neighborhood. I was so happy about it because I didn’t want to spend money on children books. The library is a great resource for me when it comes to books and even events that happen during the weekend. You can read my Library post below:

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Paint a section of your wall with chalk paint

I thought this was a pretty cool idea if you don’t mind chalk dust. My co-worker had mentioned to me that she painted a small section of her living room wall with chalk paint to keep her two young kids busy with art. She provided them a lot of different colored chalk in different sizes and the wall would keep them busy for hours. This definitely sounds like a fun idea and you never have to worry about your actual walls getting ruined with chalk.


When my son was less than a year old, I was searching online for sensory play activities. I somehow stumbled upon growlingajeweledrose.com and I must say this site is pretty exciting. There’s a lot of DIY activities for any age and season. There are so many ideas packed in this cute site that it’s enough to keep your little ones busy. The best thing about this site is that the activities can entertain your kids without going broke.

Visit a botanical garden

Take your kids to the botanical gardens in your area if you have one. There’s several located all over Hawaii and this is a great way to educate your kids on the different types of plants and such. It’s a great place to just spend time with family and to take a walk around. Some gardens even have ponds where you can feed the ducks.

Beach or picnic with a BBQ

When you live on an island, going to the beach and having a picnic is usual during the weekends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the day while splashing around in the ocean. This activity doesn’t cost much and you always have the option to do a picnic or do a little BBQ at the beach.

Do an easy hike with the family

Doing a hike doesn’t cost a thing, especially when an easy hiking trail is in your neighborhood. A few good hikes that I would like to mention in Hawaii that is also kid friendly is the Makapuu Lighthouse trail or the Diamond Head Trail.

Mini road trip for sightseeing

Take your kids on a mini road trip and go sightseeing. We like to call this around the island. It’s basically driving around the island and stopping at scenic stops and beaches for photo ops. Then we drive to Kahuku for some shrimp plates and then the North Shore for some famous Matsumoto Shave Ice. Yum! Okay, this may cost a little bit more money but the family photos and scenic views will be all worth it.

Treasure hunt around the house

Want to do something simple instead? Be creative and create a map for a fun treasure hunt. Kids like to pretend and when they get to search for clues around the house it’s even better. Imagination and thinking will keep the kids busy for a bit.

Last but not least, visit the grandparents

When you completely run out of ideas and just need to get out the house, a visit to the grandparents’ house is the next activity. There’s always food and you can relax a bit as your parents keep your little ones busy. Okay, this could just be me, but my parents are always happy to see their grandkids.

How do you entertain your kids without going broke? Share below!


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Comments (8)

  1. We are planning to take Baby with Cents to the zoo and museum on a free day. I think it’s the 3rd or 4th Wednesday every month for the zoo and 1st Sunday of the month for the museum. Can’t wait for him to see these places, should be fun.
    Like everything on your list especially visiting the grandparents. We take him to my parents house on the weekends and he has a ball over there. He practices walking, my parents always wants to play with him, and I could take a nap while all this happens…lol!!
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    1. Ooh! I totally forgot about museums! Too bad we don’t have free days like that here. That would be an even better money saving activity.

      Lol you do that too when you take Baby with Cents to your parents? I always took advantage when I got the chance lol.

  2. I’m going to try the treasure hunt. Our little one loves looking for stuff and playing hide and go seek anyway. Our town just did this huge renovation at the library and we’ve been meaning to check it out. Plus libraries nowadays have so many evening programs for kids; they’re the place to be 🙂

    1. A treasure hunt is always a fun one to do. I think there are also some free templates online. Thank you for commenting!

    1. lol no problem! I really enjoy that site and I’m pretty sure your little one will too.

  3. Thanks for these lovely tips! The website Growing a Jeweled Rose looks great, will have to bookmark that.
    I haven’t had to entertain my baby much yet but we just go for strolls/ walks so far and will be going to the library for some baby time reading/ songs!

    1. Enjoy your time reading to baby! The site also has a lot of sensory play activities too. If only I found this site sooner when my son was still young.

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