Family fun on a budget in South Florida is pretty easy to do, especially if you have little kids. All kids really want to do is run around and see something new. As a mom who has 2 little boys (currently 5 and 2) we like to spend time together doing things where we don’t have to spend too much money.
Here are 10 budget friendly family fun ideas that you can do in South Florida!
Go to the beach
There are so many beaches to choose from. Depending where you live in South Florida, the beach is only 15-20 minutes away. If at most, you would pay for parking, which shouldn’t cost more than $5, depending on how long you stay.
Go to the park
Parks are everywhere in South Florida! Depending where you live, you can Google “parks in [your] county” and you will find the official website for the parks in that county. Find a park by area, and also do your due diligence by Googling the park to see the reviews just to make sure it is a family friendly park.
Go to the water park or splash pads
Since we live in South Florida, the water parks and splash pads are usually open throughout the year, especially during the hotter months (spring and summer). During the school year, the hours are limited, so it is best to check open times for the water park or splash pad you want to visit.
Find free local activities to go to
Resources such as Macaroni Kid or by following your favorite local places on Facebook, you’re bound to find something fun for the kids to do. In Facebook, if you go to Events, you’ll likely see a list of events in your town. On weekends during the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas there are many events that are family friendly.
Go to Barnes and Noble
The Barnes and Noble’s children area is my kid’s favorite place to be. They love the train table and looking at all the books and toys. You can spend at least 30 minutes to an hour just letting them play and turn the pages of books. I usually let them pick a book $5 or less or they just don’t get anything (which is okay with them).
Go to the pet store
The pet store is another place where my kids like to go and browse the animals there. Their favorite area is where all the different fish are. We don’t have any pets of our own, but it’s nice to kind of see what they’re interested in now so maybe later, we can try the whole pet thing.
Go to the pool
Living in South Florida, we’re pretty spoiled. We can go to the pool almost year round. Most communities have a pool where residents can access. We take advantage of the pool more during the summer, but it is nice to know it is there, when it’s a really hot day and we just need to cool off!
Go to Chuck E Cheese
Going to Chuck E Cheese is a pretty budget friendly outing for the kids. You can buy tokens for $10 and let the kids just play as many games as there are tokens. When it is hot outside, which is a common theme here in South Florida, being able to play inside is really helpful. You can really spend a couple hours there if you wanted to!
Go to the library
The best thing about the library is that it is free to borrow. The libraries here in South Florida are great, and it beats buying books you may or may not care to read more than once. You can rent movies too and sometimes you can even buy books for cheap. If you’re lucky, you’ll find books to buy in decent condition!
Visit the farmers market
The farmers market is more of a thing that is done during the fall months, but they’re a great outing for the entire family. I love the farmer’s market because the produce is more local and less expensive. You also feel good about supporting local businesses too. Most of these farmer’s markets are located where there are places for the kids to run around and play (think big fields).
Although these activities can be likely done in different places (perhaps where there are beaches and pools too), I chose South Florida because that is where I live.