Things to do for free


There is so much to do for free. I Live in London and we are blessed with an abundance of free and discounted activities, but whatever city you’re in the world “seek and you shall find”: if you’re looking for free things to do, you’ll find them; it helps to be a little adventurous and to have an open mind!

Libraries–local libraries can be a fantastic hive of activities such chess clubs, yoga, games clubs and more. There may be special events during school holidays; check your local libraries event guide.

Museums–admission to national museums in the UK is free, so check those in your city.( There are also many other free museums such as those allied to universities and hospitals.) One unknown museum I came across was Grant Museum of Zoology in London which houses some very strange animal specimens…

image of a whale fetus

Whale foetus






Free museums and art galleries Well done to for this comprehensive listing covering all the regions of the UK.

Time Out (print and online magazine) features activities and  events in cities across the world, but not all cities included L

For those in the UK check out Visit England for free ( not all free) for various activities and events around the UK.


Cycle rides along canals and greenways(check your local area) and walks

Open access play teams–check your local library or search on google for play schemes in your area. These are a safe space for children to meet other children and offer some respite for parents for a few hours, usually during school holidays but may be available during the weekends and some evenings. There are usually minimum age requirements.


Nature reserves

Swimming– some swimming pools offer free swimming for children in certain areas

Check your local council’s events page as there can be quite a few activities listed, many free.

Theatres may have special offers for children…sometimes even free tickets.

Working holidays with WWOOF and HelpX– receive meals and accommodation in return for a few hours work( typically between 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week). Many hosts accept children. Both WWOOF and HelpX are global, so check for hosts in your country. You will be required to pay a registration fee of around £20 for both. HelpX only requires one payment to access hosts in multiple countries whereas WWOOF requires separate registrations and payment per country. To learn more about WWoofing check out WWoofing in Dewsbury.

Apologies for this being a little UK specific

Do you know of any free activities that would be great for home-educating families?

Picture credit: David Holt