Free or Affordable Family Activities in Jacksonville


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Do you feel like you blinked and summer is about to end? Blame it on high gas prices, chaos with airlines, or expensive hotel rooms, but many of us didn’t have the “summer vacation” we dreamed of. But before the longer days are gone, Consumer Reports says it’s not too late to create lasting memories on a budget.

“Rising (petrol) prices have made us make all kinds of decisions and try to figure out what we can do that’s free, cheap, easy and close,” said mother-of-two Olgica Pilla. children.

Consumer Reports says not to worry! There are things to do inside and outside the house to keep little ones entertained – often for free.

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“If you have SNAP benefits, you can get free or reduced admission to over 900 museums through a program called Museums for All. And if you have a library card, many libraries offer free passes to museums in your city,” explained Consumer Reports investigative reporter Brian Vines.

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How about taking the kids to a live event? Through sites like Eventbrite and, you can find free concerts or classes, such as a break-dancing class for kids.

Or maybe you would like to instill a sense of community in your children and teach them to give back. You can find local volunteer opportunities that the family can do together.

Rainy days can be a great time to hang out and watch movies with the family. With sites like Kanopy and Hoopla, you can access many movies and TV shows for free with your library card. You can access multiple streaming devices at once, and buying one device doesn’t have to break the bank. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a good value at $55.

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If you’re looking for more ideas, there are plenty of things to do in and around Northeast Florida. You can check out some of them in our community calendar.

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