Since I’ve been a lazy blogger lately, I thought I’d throw in a guest post. Thanks to Nick for writing this post, which has some great ideas for family fun
Families need to have fun together but many entertainment options tend to be relatively expensive. Is it possible to spend some quality time together without affecting the family budget negatively?
Creative mothers and fathers know how to come up with free or cheap entertainment options for the entire family. Here are several great ideas that you can try, whether you like to have fun at home or in town.
Have Family Picnics
A Sunday family picnic is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time outdoors. Whether you want to go to the local park or a nearby lake site, a picnic will be both inexpensive and easy to put together.
Prepare some food like sandwiches and salads. You will need some beverages, as well. A blanket and a board game will make the picnic complete. You can also use the opportunity to practice some favorite sports with your children.
The Local Museums
Family fun can be used to teach children something interesting. Familiarize yourself with the programs of the local museums. They usually have free hours or family discounts. Visiting on specific days or at particular hours will bring down the cost, as well.
Create a museum route and use an entire day off to explore one exhibition after another. It can be history, art, biology or science – pick the topics that your children will be most interested in. Surprisingly, you and your spouse will have a great time learning something new.
Be rational about the expenditure. Although these entertainment options are inexpensive, you will have to spend some money on them. Avoid using your credit card to make payments. If you do, check the monthly credit card report carefully. Does anything on it seem suspicious? Talk to a forensic accountant to figure out what is going on.
Fly Kites and Have Fun Outdoors
Kites are traditional family fun and they are inexpensive. You can buy a kite or you can have a great time making one.
All that you need is a windy day and an open space to fly kites. Teach your children the basic techniques and watch them getting better at it. Spending time outdoor will be exceptionally fun. You can ride bikes, play baseball or volleyball. Sports will be good for all the family members and you will get to relax from the busy daily routine.
Create a Family Garden
People living in cities have lost their understanding of farming and gardening. Many children have no idea where vegetables, dairy products and meat come from. Creating a family garden or visiting a local farm is another inexpensive idea for a family day off.
If you live in a house, you will get an easy opportunity to plant your own vegetable garden. Let your children plant the seeds and water them. Little ones will enjoy watching the vegetables grow. Apart from being cheap, this family entertainment option is exceptionally educational.
Alternatively, you can visit a local farm to show your children where milk and eggs come from, for example. Buying fresh farm produce will be another beneficial aspect of the activity.
Collecting Nature’s Treasures
Is your family into arts and crafts? Go treasure hunting and collect beautiful natural items that you can use in your next crafts project.
A visit to the beach will let you collect seashells and pebbles. Visit a forest or a park to pick some leaves and interesting plants. Teach your kids how to incorporate these natural treasures into their paintings. Seashells can be used for the creation of beautiful jewelry or for the decoration of boxes. It is really up to you. The more creative you get, the more fun you will have with it.
Have Your Own Living Room Adventure
As a parent, you will be responsible for the storyline in this family activity. Come up with a fairytale that involves princesses, knights and evil witches. The scenario will depend entirely on the number of family members and their preferences.
The next step would be to build a fort in your living room. Use boxes, pillows, blankets and everything else that you deem appropriate. The rest is up to family members. Such activities encourage improvisation and they will teach your children how to fantasize and have great fun at home.
Enjoying free moments with your children can be really inexpensive and fun. Get all the family members involved in the process. Getting ready for your day off can be just as exciting, as the actual activity. Think about the money you can spend and the things that you can make at home. Great family activities require involvement and some effort. You simply have to be enthusiastic about it and you will increase everybody’s excitement about it.
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Nick Anderson who is a Marketing Executive at forthsonline.co.uk.
What are some of your own cheap/free family fun ideas?