10 Free Family Activities to Do in London

10 Free Family Friendly Activities to Do in London

Raising a family can get expensive; food, clothing, household expenses, extracurricular activities and well, the list goes on and on.

Planning something entertaining and exciting for your family on weekends and evenings can really add up and take a bite out of your resources. Whether you are on a strict budget or not, free activities really help to lighten the load of financial demands.

That is why I have put this list together of 10 family friendly things to do in the city that won’t cost you a cent. Some are season-dependant while others aren’t. Take a look below and take advantage of some of London’s complimentary activities.


  1. London Children’s Museum: Free admission on Friday evenings from 5pm – 8pm. We can thank London Life for this freebie!
  2. Victoria Park Public Skating & Covent Garden Market Public Skating: there is no better place to be on a sunny winter day than in the city, ice skating. Down town London provides a beautiful backdrop for one of winter’s most popular activities and it’s free!
  3. Ontario Early Years Centre, London West: there are a wide variety of programs available at LCC including playgroups with crafts, music and stories. Visit the link to find a list of programs and times.
  4. Tim Hortons Free Skate: Tim Hortons offers free family skating at various arenas around the city. Check out the link to view listings by arena.
  5. Tim Hortons Free Swim: I know it seems premature to be discussing outdoor swimming when it is below 0 outside but before you know it, the summer will be here. Tim Hortons offers a number of free swim dates around the city. Their 2014 dates will be announced soon but in the meantime you can check out last year’s list of dates organized by pool.
  6. Splash Pads & Wading Pools: Usually opening on May 24 weekend (2014 TBA), splash pads and wading pools are free services provided by the City of London. Check out the link for a list of locations.
  7. Kidscape/Artistscape:  one of London children’s favourite places to play and create offers free studio time on Mondays. Normally a $7 fee to get set up in the studio to paint and get creative this fee is waived. If you want to play and get artistic, play fees are reduced to $3 on Mondays as well. Note: that ceramic pieces cost extra.
  8. Adventures on Wonderland: On maternity leave and looking to get out of the house on a cold winter day? Good news: infants under 1 year of age are free and so are adults which means you and your tot can take advantage of this deal.
  9. London Public Library: the LPL offers various reading programs for babies and youth alike. Visit the link to learn more about their R.E.A.D. programs and Story time classes. The London Public Library also offers themed programs such as Wacky Word Fun, Do-It-Yourself Creation Station and Puzzling Affair Day most of which do not require registration.
  10. Museum London Imagination Station: On Sundays from 1:00 – 3:45 pm visit one of the many exhibitions at Museum London and then drop in for an afternoon of art making. Staff will monitor and provide guidance and introduce you to a wide range of art making through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and more.

There are a lot of great people running great programs in our city and this list captures just a few of them. If you know of any other free family friendly events please let us know by sharing in comment below.

City Mom