Top 10 Things To Do With Kids On The Weekend

Top 10 Things To Do With Kids On The Weekend from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

If you’re like most of us, you’ve had weekends when your kids are agitated or angsty and don’t feel like staying home, but you just don’t know where to take them. It seems like the limited opportunities that you do have are outrageously expensive, like going to a concert or on holiday. Here’s a list to help free your kids from boredom on weekends without (necessarily) having to empty your wallet.

Take Them To The Zoo

Children love animals, so taking them to the local zoo is a great idea. Visit each animal exhibit and find out how much your kids know about animals! Small kids love to see and touch-friendly, furry animals, while older kids may appreciate listening to a lecture by a professional zoologist and finding out more about wild animals’ eating habits and environments.

Show Or Concert

The next time your child’s favorite band or singer is featured at a venue near you, take him or her for a special treat. If you can’t afford Ariana Grande tickets, check the local theater for a Disney movie or old favorites such as Sesame Street.

Science Museum

If you live in or near a big city, there’s probably a science museum near you. Children are naturally curious, and this is something to take advantage of. Explore astrology, marine life, wildlife and everything in between. Try to catch a live performance, lecture, or an IMAX feature for an in-depth look at interesting subjects on the revolving schedule of shows.

Outdoor Sports

There is always an outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family regardless of whether the area you live in is cold and icy in winter or you’re lucky enough to live somewhere that stays warm all year round. Let your kids play sports.

Biking is the perfect outdoor activity for nice weather and has the added benefit of not requiring any additional equipment. Many local bike shops rent bikes, pads, and helmets. Or, let your kids fly a drone – there are many amazing drones for kids on the market right now, and some are great value for money.

If snow is expected, bundle up and head to the closest ski area. Again, equipment can be rented. Look for ski lesson packages that include kids’ lessons.

Live Sporting Event

All kids love live sports. The excitement and atmosphere are unlike anything else. Put on your favorite player’s jersey and show love for your favorite professional team with a family trip to the stadium or ballpark. Grab a hot dog and a Coke, have a seat and start rooting for your team!


Camping is a fun, inexpensive way to pass the weekend with kids. Become one with nature – pitch a tent, make a campfire and tell stories about it. (Don’t forget the bug spray). If campgrounds are not readily available in your area, pitch a tent in the backyard! Collect backyard materials for a special project or ask your children to identify the different insect and animal noises they hear. If it is unwise to make a fire, you can grill hot dogs and tell ghost stories. At bedtime, settle down in a sleeping bag under the stars. You’ll be surprised how amazing your own backyard can be, especially at night!

Amusement Park

This is a no-brainer. Whether you enjoy gliding on an old-fashioned carousel or seek thrills from scary roller coasters, amusement parks have something for everyone. There are also arcade competitions you can take part in after the rides.


If the weather is bad, the local bowling alley is always a great choice. Your kids will be amused by the goofy shoes. If they are young and you want to avoid gutter balls, ask the bowling alley to supply bumpers for the lanes.


In keeping with the bad weather topic from above…Kids’ movies can be fun for adults too. Your kid or kids will love seeing their favorite characters on the big screen, and you can relax, kick back, and enjoy some quiet time. The popcorn is another great perk!

Park Or Hiking Trail

Get some exercise with a leisurely stroll or hike along a scenic path or nature trail. Read up on the different trees, birds, and flowers native to your area, and teach your children about nature. If hiking isn’t something you want to do, pack a lunch box and head to the local park, enjoy the sun and pick some flowers.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of top ten things to do with kids on weekends. You’ll never have a boring weekend again!

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