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5 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids (+ WIN $50) 5 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids (+ WIN $50)
Fall is here… it’s definitely here.  The temperatures have dropped, it’s dark out when we wake up in the morning and it feels like... 5 Free Activities To Do With Your Kids (+ WIN $50)

Fall is here… it’s definitely here.  The temperatures have dropped, it’s dark out when we wake up in the morning and it feels like it’s time to get creative when it comes to keeping the kidlets engaged and entertained on these shorter, cooler days.

When it’s pouring rain all winter long in Vancouver, I am constantly looking for ways of entertaining the kids. While we love to hit up local attractions such as Science World and the Aquarium, these activities can get pricey.  As some fun alternatives, here are 5 free (or nearly free) activities that are great for kids of all ages to help save money!

Hiking

We are spoiled in Vancouver with an abundance of incredible walking/hiking trails suitable for kids and adults alike.  Hiking is a great way of getting outdoors, getting active and spending some quality time with your children!

Story times at the public library

For those parents who still have teenier ones, hitting up the public library nearest you for their story times is a great free activity to do with your kids! Make sure you pop online to check out what your library has on offer! For the older kids, trips to the library are also a great way to spend an hour in the day.  I know how excited I get seeing the selection of titles available! (#bookworm)

Baking

Yes, there is cost involved in the ingredients required to make any given baked treat, but grab a simple muffin recipe (like this one!) and you’ll maybe even have everything you need on hand already! The kids get to help and it’s a great way of introducing kitchen safety and hygiene in the kitchen. Not to mention how fun it is to lick the spoon 😉

Feeding the ducks

Grab some birdseed from your local pet store and find your nearest duck pond.  This is something that my girls LOVE to do and it’s a great way to grab even 20 minutes of fresh air, rain or shine.

Photography assignments

Both my girls have recently taken an interest in taking pictures and videos on an old iPod we had kicking around.  Portia (6 years old) really loves it and  friend told me about how they create little photography assignments/challenges for their kids. This could be a great activity for any time of year. You can modify the photography assignment to be an indoor activity or an outdoor activity, depending on the forecast.

Saving money is always on my mind.  It’s our reality and I think it’s most people’s reality! When I find great ways of making my kids happy that don’t cost a dime, I’m elated.  When I find out about ways of receiving money to put toward my girls’ futures… I’m ECSTATIC!

On that note… did you know that the Government of Canada issues grants to families across Canada to help us plan for our childrens’ futures?  The British Columbia Training and Education Savings Grant is something parents can apply for once they have an RESP open for their kids.  It’s a grant worth $1200 and you are eligible if:

  • your child was born in 2006 or later
  • you and your child are residents of BC
  • your child has an RESP in their name (which can easily be started, at no cost- see below!)

Check out this How To Start page where SmartSAVER.org will tell you how to open an RESP for FREE to get the ball rolling for you!  You can find out everything you need to know about the Canada Learning Bond here, as well! Some great ways of planning ahead for your kids.  It will take you so little time! I’ll be doing it as soon as I finish telling you all about it, as excitedly as I am!

SmartSAVER is giving one lucky North Shore Mama reader a $50 President’s Choice GC! 

Use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win! Winner will be drawn on October 15th.  Good luck and happy saving!

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Photo credit: Rob Ellis

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • ivy pluchinsky

    October 6, 2016 #1 Author

    We love going to the park!

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  • Monique L.S.

    October 6, 2016 #2 Author

    We love going for neighbourhood walks, but most often end up at the park.

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  • Tara Betterley

    October 6, 2016 #3 Author

    We love going to the local conservation area and walking the trails with the dog!

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  • Maria

    October 6, 2016 #4 Author

    I absolutely don’t like cleaning bathroom

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  • Maria

    October 6, 2016 #5 Author

    We love to go bike riding

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  • Mike Gismondi

    October 6, 2016 #6 Author

    Hiking or bike riding are our favourite free activities.

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  • Elaine G

    October 7, 2016 #7 Author

    We like going to the park.

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  • Amy Heffernan

    October 7, 2016 #8 Author

    I love to take my kids to the farm. It is free here! Thanks!

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  • Andrea Amy

    October 7, 2016 #9 Author

    We love going to the park. Its about the only thing that is free here in Calgary lol

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  • Jonnie

    October 7, 2016 #10 Author

    We love to go for bike rides.

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  • angela m

    October 7, 2016 #11 Author

    We love to go for walks or bike rides.

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  • LILLIAN BROWN

    October 7, 2016 #12 Author

    cleaning my bathroom is my least favourite chore

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  • HEATHER

    October 7, 2016 #13 Author

    We love storytime at the library!

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  • Florence C

    October 7, 2016 #14 Author

    Going to the park with the grandchildren.

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  • Elizabeth R

    October 7, 2016 #15 Author

    Going to the pirate ship playground our town has!

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  • Bailey Dexter

    October 7, 2016 #16 Author

    Our favorite FREE activity with the grandkids is always going to the airplane hanger! They love it!

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  • Bailey Dexter

    October 7, 2016 #17 Author

    My household chore that is my least favourite is the kitty litters!

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  • Holly MacRitchie

    October 7, 2016 #18 Author

    We love going to the beach to swim!

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  • Holly MacRitchie

    October 7, 2016 #19 Author

    My least favourite household chore is cleaning the tub/shower

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  • michelle tremblett

    October 8, 2016 #20 Author

    We love taking a walk on the trails behind our house, its always so much fun !

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  • joanne darrell

    October 8, 2016 #21 Author

    Cleaning the bathroom is my least favourite chore.

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  • Cheryl

    October 8, 2016 #22 Author

    My favourite free activity is going to the park with the kids and in my area there’s a free Oktoberfest breakfast I like taking The kids to as well

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  • Wendy hutton

    October 8, 2016 #23 Author

    summertime we spend a lot of time at the splash park

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  • Glogirl

    October 8, 2016 #24 Author

    I don’t have kids but as a child I used to enjoy free skating days at the local arena.

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  • Judy Cowan

    October 8, 2016 #25 Author

    Love taking my nieces/nephews to the park and we often pack a picnic.

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  • kristen visser

    October 8, 2016 #26 Author

    My favorite free activity to do with my kids is go to the park

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  • kristen visser

    October 8, 2016 #27 Author

    my least favorite household choir is laundry … well the folding part…its easy to just throw it in the machine. and vaccuming blah!

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  • Tricia Hope

    October 8, 2016 #28 Author

    My favorite FREE activity is beach combing.We find amazing things to bring home and craft with.

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  • Christy eldred

    October 8, 2016 #29 Author

    I love going to the beach, looking for crabs, beach glass, swimming when its nice.

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  • Dawn gordon

    October 8, 2016 #30 Author

    We love going to the library !

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  • Josh S

    October 8, 2016 #31 Author

    We love to go for bike rides or walks together as a family.

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  • Sunshine H

    October 8, 2016 #32 Author

    We like going for walks, playing at the park, and going to the library.

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  • Stephanie

    October 9, 2016 #33 Author

    I love going to the park with my family on our bikes!

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  • Linda

    October 9, 2016 #34 Author

    My favourite free activity with my child is storytime at the library.

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  • loriag

    October 9, 2016 #35 Author

    My favourite free activity to do with the kids is play board games or go geocaching.

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  • loucheryl

    October 9, 2016 #36 Author

    I love going to the park with my boys.

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  • Jacky Y

    October 9, 2016 #37 Author

    We like to go to the park for a walk!

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  • Julie F

    October 10, 2016 #38 Author

    We like going for hikes along the local trails!

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  • Yuen C

    October 10, 2016 #39 Author

    My favourite free activity is going to the library with them.

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  • Kayla Hatch

    October 11, 2016 #40 Author

    Taking walks around and exploring our neighbourhood!

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  • sarah alexis

    October 11, 2016 #41 Author

    I love playing boardgames with my kids. 😉

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  • josephine evans

    October 11, 2016 #42 Author

    Cleaning the bathroom sucks!

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  • josephine evans

    October 11, 2016 #43 Author

    We love going for walks and trips to the park.

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  • Yuen C

    October 11, 2016 #44 Author

    My least favourite chore is cleaning the kitchen!

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  • Ali

    October 11, 2016 #45 Author

    We love going to the park.

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  • Sarah De Diego

    October 12, 2016 #46 Author

    Walking, scooting or riding down our street while taking the dog for a walk. Everyone has a great time!

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  • Andrea

    October 12, 2016 #47 Author

    We love to ride our bikes!

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  • Karla Sceviour

    October 12, 2016 #48 Author

    We like going for walks and hikes!

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  • Lindsay T

    October 12, 2016 #49 Author

    My favourite free activity to do with my kids is geocaching!

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  • Kristina

    October 12, 2016 #50 Author

    Hate cleaning the bathroom

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  • Kristina

    October 12, 2016 #51 Author

    Library story time :)

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  • Jeannie Lam

    October 13, 2016 #52 Author

    Love playing soccer with my kids at the park.

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  • kristen sowko

    October 13, 2016 #53 Author

    I really dislike cleaning the bathroom!

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  • Kam

    October 13, 2016 #54 Author

    We love going to the park and playing!

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  • Krista M

    October 14, 2016 #55 Author

    We like to go to the library to take out free books!

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  • Cheryl MacPhail

    October 14, 2016 #56 Author

    My husband and I fave thing to do with the kids is to go on hikes. Our fave spot is checking out different waterfalls!! :)

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  • Brenda Penton

    October 14, 2016 #57 Author

    My least favourite is cleaning the bathroom, especially the toilet.

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  • Brenda Penton

    October 14, 2016 #58 Author

    My favourite thing to do with the kids is play boardgames

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  • loretta

    October 14, 2016 #59 Author

    yay swingg

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  • Lushka Smith

    October 14, 2016 #60 Author

    My favourite is going to the library.

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