With the weather beginning to finally warm up in Melbourne, it looks like it might almost be time for my family and me to come out of hibernation! Is it just me or has it been an extremely cold winter this year? We have spent many weekends snuggled under our doonas on the couch watching movies, not brave enough to venture outside – but no more!
With the weather quickly improving, here is my top list of family activities that are free (or almost free) that the whole family can enjoy.
Go for a bike ride
Remember those bikes you bought the kids a few Christmas’s ago that just sit in the garage gathering dust? It’s time to dust the cobwebs off those babies, pump up the tyres, and get riding! There are many amazing bike trails around, so make use of them and get riding!
Organise a nature scavenger hunt
A super quick google search will bring up a heap of pre-made nature scavenger hunt lists that you can print out for the whole family. So pop on a hat and some sunscreen and spend an afternoon outside racing each other to be the first to collect everything on your scavenger hunt list!
Bake and decorate cupcakes
If you feel it is still a little too cold to venture out just yet, it may be time to turn on the oven and get baking! Whipping up a batch of cupcakes is super cheap and easy, and once those tiny little cakes have cooled down the real fun begins! You can make it as simple as some frosting and a packet of mixed lollies, or whatever you have in the cupboard, but the more decorations to choose from the better! And the best part of decorating cupcakes – getting to eat them when you are finished!
Campout in your own backyard
Camping out in your own backyard is a super fun way to feel like you are on holidays without having to leave the comfort of your own home! If you don’t have a tent of your own, reach out to your friends and family to borrow one, and then get pitching! The great benefit of this also is if the weather does happen to turn cold and miserable you can always just move back inside!
Attend a D.I.Y workshop
Bunnings run D.I.Y workshops on the weekends with a whole host of different projects available (for both kids and adults), all of which are for free. Check out your local store on their website to see which workshops are running this weekend to make a booking, and get your D.I.Y on for free whilst possibly learning a new skill! I have just signed my kids up for a free Father’s Day workshop, in which they will make Dad a gift (which in turn saves us having to buy him one – a double saving!).
Visit your local library
Your local library is not just for books (although these are great too!) – our local library hosts theme nights in which kids can dress up and watch movies together. There are also book readings and video games and whole host of other activities available. Check out your local libraries website to see what they have on their schedule and book yourselves in for some fun!
Have a paper airplane contest
Recently at a family event, one of my husband’s aunts came around to all of us and handed us a few pieces of plain paper. We were all confused as to what she was doing, until she explained “We are having a paper airplane competition – you have 5 minutes to construct 2 airplanes – GO GO GO!” We all madly got folding, and within a few minutes there were some pretty amazing (and terrible) looking airplanes created! We all took turns throwing them, and the child and adult who was able to fly their paper airplane the furthest got a medal. It was great fun, and something that both young and old can participate in!
Even if it still a little too cold to go for a swim at the beach, it is never too cold to build a sandcastle! All it takes is a little plastic bucket and spade, and you have the tools to make an amazing sandcastle! You can even turn it in to a game to see who can make the biggest castle, the deepest moat or something similar, to make a little healthy competition out of it!
Enjoy a picnic at the park
Lunch always tastes that little bit better when it is eaten on a blanket in the sunshine at the park! So grab a picnic blanket, pack a few ham sandwiches and head to the park! You will also have the added bonus of the kids being able to run wild at the park (and tire themselves out!) whilst you sit back and relax in the sun – bliss!