It’s a whole new month and hopefully, this beautiful weather continues. We could all certainly do with something to take our minds off of the current health crisis and help dispel our boredom. Find fun things to do for adults, kids, and the whole family, with ATX On The Cheap.

We’ve kept up with local Austin businesses as well as national offers to bring you the best freebies and discounts around. Free and cheap activities this week include Disney+, Cheesemaking classes at Antonelli’s, kid-friendly home tours, and much more.

Here is your weekly guide to Free and Cheap Things to Do in Austin:



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Do a Free Family Movie Night with Disney+

Disney+ is upping the ante with family movie night by releasing Onward months in advance! Stream this Pixar movie, along with hundreds of other favorites for free! The huge library contains classic Disney films (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, etc.), current hit movies (Frozen 2, Onward, more), Star Wars, the Marvel movie universe, Pixar films, and so much more.

Disney+ is offering a free trial for a full 7 days . After one week, you’ll pay just $6.99 a month if you want to keep the service. Or, you can skip the free trial and instead pay just $12.99 for Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Hulu is that much by itself so you’re getting a steal of a deal!



Go Back To Your Roots

Your Texan roots, that is. Pioneer Farms has dozens of videos on their Facebook page dedicated to entertaining families with old fashioned making and crafting. Listen to their podcast, learn how to plant a garden, enjoy a virtual guided meditation, and more. Their trails are still open as well as the farmers market on the weekends.

Go Hiking

There are still many local hiking trails open and available for a day in the Great Outdoors. Practice social distancing, wear a mask and gloves, and be especially careful about touching and hygiene. But if you practice all of those skills, going out for a nice, long hike should be no trouble! Don’t forget to leave no trace!


Put the dance in distancing with this local dance studio, Esquina Tango Austin. They offer online classes including Tango and Malbec. They have livestreams for kids and adults, all free for the public.

Tour the Winchester House 

The Winchester Mystery House is located in San Jose, California, but for a limited time, you can tour from home! Purchase vouchers for in-person tours at a future date, or watch a free tour online in the meantime!

Learn to Make Cheese

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is one of the finest curators in all of Austin. With this crisis, they are innovating to bring you online classes, curbside pick up, and private virtual tastings. Find out about all of their current services under the COVID tab.

Christmas in…April?

Lovers of Christmas from across the nation have figured…why not use the Christmas spirit to help pass the time- and anxiety!? Throw up some Christmas cheer, decorate the house with lights and fanfare, and turn on the Hallmark Channel for Christmas movies!

A Letter To Your Future Quarantine Self

Letters to our future selves are meant to be inspirational but maybe you just want to be real. You can start this as a journal, a first-person historical account, or a letter to help cheer yourself up. No matter what happens in the future, it’s a good idea to motivate yourself and document what you’re going through and what you hope happens soon!


What other free and cheap things have you found to occupy yourself during this crisis? We hope you’re staying home and staying safe but by all means, share what keeps you sane. Leave a comment below with more ideas: