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free things to do with babies

Free and low cost things to do with babies

When you are on maternity leave you’ll want to make the most of your time with baby without breaking the bank. We’ve put together a list of our favourite things to do with babies that don’t cost the earth. There are so many activities out there that are completely free and lots that are relatively cheap too.

Free things to do with babies

free things to do with babies including baby reading library book

Play in the park

Sit on the swings gently whilst holding baby, sit on the grass together or watch older siblings play in the fresh air.

Go on a nature walk

Take the pram or carrier for a walk in a country park, around the gardens of a local stately home or along a canal tow path.

Explore the woods

Plenty of woods have reasonably good paths, especially if you have a sturdy buggy.

Play on the beach

Build sandcastles, paddle in the sea and feel the sand between your toes.


Your local library may have a story and rhyme session you can go to for free, you’ll find information on their websites. There are also support groups run at children’s centres that are great for meeting other mums with babies of a similar age.

Make a den

We love to lay muslin cloths over the top of our play mat and play with musical toys, read stories or sing songs.


Try using store cupboard ingredients to make a keepsake or do some painting together.

Try a taster session

Lots of groups and clubs offer a free taster session to try before you buy.

Soft play

Some soft play areas offer free entry to under 1s and have lots of sights and sounds for baby to enjoy.

Museums and attractions

Many museums are free to enter and have lots for older siblings to interact with and plenty for baby to look at.

Story time

Libraries have lovely, inviting children’s corners that you can sit in and read to your baby. Don’t forget to check out a few books to enjoy at home.

Low cost things to do with babies

cheap things to do with babies including baby playing with sensory toys

Go swimming

Check times and prices at your local leisure centre, they are far cheaper than gym chains and often have baby and toddler pools and sessions.

Coffee and cake mornings

Lots of places offer ‘bumps to babies’ type groups for no more than the cost of slice of cake while you’re there.

Baby cinema

Check your local cinema for baby screenings. The lights are dimmed and the sound is turned down especially for babies and you won’t have to worry if your baby gurgles during the film!

Paint a pot

There are paint-a-pot cafes up and down the country. These can be quite pricey but depending on what you want to print your baby’s hand or footprint on you can do it for a reasonable price.

Teddy bears’ picnic

A picnic is a brilliant excuse to pack up your lunches and enjoy the sunshine. If your baby is eating solid food then you can enjoy the added bonus of not having to worry about mopping the floor afterwards!

If you’re in London, check out this guide to making the most of our capital city with babies and toddlers.

Follow us on Instagram @learnwithmum to see what else we get up to. What free or low cost things do you enjoy doing with your baby?

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Natalie Cotton

Mum and early years teacher in the UK helping to make learning fun and creative.

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