Finding cheap activities for boys is all about finding places, spaces and events where they can DO something.  Boys will never be content going to see stuff or going to look.  A big part of being a boy for my three sons is doing stuff. When it comes to taking my boys out for the weekend I have to always ask the questions: “Can they touch it?” “Is it interactive?”  “What will they be able to do?” If the activity does not involve these things, we’re just wasting our time and money.


The best thing about being a mom of boys is that they force me out of my comfort zone with every field trip.  It’s not always comfortable, but it’s always a new experience.  So, just go along for the ride.  Here are 25 activities for boys that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and that will actually be fun for you and the boys.

  1. Pull Out Your Grill & Roast Marshmallows
  2. Rent a Hotel Room & Go Swimming
  3. Take them to a Costume Store & Try On Super Hero Costumes
  4. Go to a Local Sporting Event
  5. Build the Ultimate Fortress with Sheets & Chairs
  6. Go to the Dollar Store & Pig Out
  7. Challenge them to a Minecraft Building Challenge
  8. Go to Best Buy & Play all the Demo Game
  9. Visit a local cave (take a Sharpe and write your names in the cave without getting caught…shhh)
  10. Visit a local waterfall or stream and run through
  11. Go fishing
  12. Do a weekend DIY project like painting the fence or building a small table
  13. Go bike riding on a local trail
  14. Ride a train or incline ride and take pictures
  15. Teach Your Boys to Secure Your House
  16. Build an Icee or Lemonade Stand in Your Neighborhood
  17. Take Them to An Open Field right before Sunset. Let the play and watch the sun go down.
  18. Go stargazing using this app
  19. Go climb trees
  20. Fly a kite on a windy day
  21. Build paper airplanes and have a flight contest
  22. Go Bowling
  23. Spray-paint some tires and plant some flowers in them
  24. Go to the Beach and Build a Sandcastle
  25. Teach him to use a power tool

As I said before finding cheap activities for boys is all about adding the “DO” component to any event or activity you are planning.  Remember to visit Groupon for coupons and discounts at your favorite family friendly destinations in your city. Want more boys activities, click here for 7 experiences every Black boy should have.

Add this to your Pinterest board for your son.

This post was sponsored by Groupon, but all opinions are my own.

Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

2 thoughts on “25 Awesomely Active, but Cheap Activities for Boys”

Cynthia Levy-Mendoza . August 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

Thank you Sistah Jessica!

Jessica . July 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Nice! I really like the idea of the open field at sunset. Super neat!

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