5 Free/Low Cost Weekend Ideas For Families In Autumn

5 Free/Low Cost Weekend Ideas For Families In Autumn

My name is Rachael and these are just a few of my favourite family things to do in autumn which are either free, or cost very little money. For more ideas, you can head over to my blog, Lukeosaurus and Me. I blog about all things family and lifestyle related, from finance, recipes and crafts to days out with the children and fitness. You can follow me on social media too, where I share snippets of our family life featuring my 6 year old and my 1 year old boys. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Autumn is my favourite time of the year! There is always so much to see and do, from adventures to be had to organised seasonal events to attend. In fact, there's often so much on that it's hard to pick and choose what you want to do, and as a family, things can start to get expensive.

With Christmas a month away now, it's time for us to start saving some money. I love going to all the exciting autumn events, but from now on we are going to be relying on our favourite tried and tested free/low cost autumn activities to get us through until Christmas.

Here are 5 of our favourite free or low cost activities that are perfect for busy families to fit in at the weekends. It can be hard to fit in quality family time, especially with homework and other commitments, but these ideas are perfect for slotting into your weekend as and when you have the time.

  1. Make your own chocolate apples. This is one of our favorite autumn treats and one that dates right back to my own childhood. I'm not such a fan of toffee apples and it just so happens that chocolate apples are a lot easier and more child friendly to make. I'd recommend that your child be ages at least 6+ to help out in the kitchen with this one, purely based on the melted chocolate, however decorating with sprinkles is a free for all when it comes to age groups!
  2. Create pinecone bird feeders. Autumn is a time for glutton and tasty treats for many of us, but it is a tricky time for our wildlife. Why not help the birds in your area by creating some pinecone bird feeders? They are easy to do and something the whole family can get involved in. There are lots of websites detailing the process and you really don’t need much to make a huge difference to the birds in your area.
  3. Go on a nature walk and create an autumn wreath for your front door. Collect some interesting leaves, twigs and berries (make sure you know what you're picking and that you wash your hands after handling them) and design a beautiful wreath for your front door. You can pick up any extras or fake berries cheaply from shops like The Range and Hobbycraft.
  4. Have a picnic and watch the sun set. If there's one good thing about the evenings getting darker sooner, it's that the sunsets are amazing! And, what's more, the kids will still be awake to see them. Why not wrap up warm and put a picnic tea together, along with a flask of hot chocolate and find a nice hill to climb with an epic view of the sunset? The kids can burn off any extra energy they may have before bed, the adults can enjoy a spectacular sunset and the hot chocolate keeps everyone warm and happy.
  5. Have a family movie night. There are some brilliant films that are great for autumn viewing, especially all the child friendly Halloween ones! We love Hocus Pocus and Coco - we’ve watched these both so many times over the autumn period. Or, if it floats your boat, there’s nothing wrong with getting into the Christmas spirit a little early and watching some classic family Christmas films like Arthur Christmas! There are loads of great films on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV. Don’t forget the movie snacks and blankets