Cheap Family Fun:
Five Money-Saving Ideas for Summer
Do you need some cheap family fun for the summer? Money isn’t always available for such things as expensive outings and activities for you and your family. Heck, that can be true even if the outings aren't that expensive.
With the uncertainty of the economy these days, more and more families are searching for free, frugal and money-saving ideas in order to keep the family having fun together without breaking the bank.
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Here are some options to keep your family activities happening while sticking to your family budget.
- Get familiar with your local parks and rec options. Your local community may have a “Parks and Recreation” website or booklet available to residents. These usually include a variety of activities in different price ranges, from free to inexpensive as well as those with a higher fee. There are usually long lists of activities which fall into the free or inexpensive range, such as community walks through area parks and trails, family cycling days or even free family days at the local indoor pool.
- Check out (literally!) your local library. Plan regular family visits to your local library. With a little bit of planning ahead of time, each visit can be focused on a particular subject such as traditions from around the world, new crafts you can learn as a family or any other topic which can be learned about as a family. Check out books related to your choices to bring home so you can experience different cultures together. Most libraries also have DVDs or videos you can borrow for free or a very small fee. They may have some which can assist you with this family project. Additionally, our local library offers a variety of classes and storytime for kids for free.
- Museums and zoos. Some zoos and museums are free (although you might have to pay for parking). Others can be visited on family days or half-price days. What can be more fun than learning new things together while visiting a new museum exhibit, or trying to imitate the faces the monkeys at the zoo are making? Many libraries now allow you to borrow or rent passes to these locations for a very minimal price. They include admission for the whole family, and are normally valid for more than one museum or activity in your area. Be careful about souvenirs and snacks, though. Those extra items when it comes to family spending can add up quickly.
- Free movies and concerts in the park. A great idea for cheap family fun is a newer version of a drive-in movie. Many large parks offers Thursday or Friday night movies or concerts in which the community is invited - they just have to bring their own chairs or blankets and snacks. These are usually very family friendly (and family budget friendly) events.
- Go camping...even if you never leave your house. Whether you have a tent or even go outside is up to you. Get out the sleeping bags, make s'mores and tell ghost stories around the campfire (or flashlight). If you stay at home, take a hike just as if you were exploring a campground - or consider going to a nature center which often have no or very low entrance fees.
These are just some ways to make the most of your family spending on cheap family fun. All it takes is a little bit of planning, and there is a wealth of activities you and your family can do while sticking to a frugal or free rule. The most important aspect of it all is spending time together, not how much or how little you spend while you do it.
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