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Inexpensive Family Fun

inexpensive family funSpending time with your family doesn’t have to take a lot of money. If you’re looking for low-cost ways to enjoy your family time, check out these ideas.

Game Night

Card and board games aren’t too expensive. You can pick up one every couple of months, and rotate which ones you play. That way the same game doesn’t become repetitive.  Here are some fun family-friendly games:

  • Pictopia
  • Pictionary
  • LEGO board games like Creationary
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Sorry
  • Trouble

To add some fun to your game night, bring out some fun finger foods. You’ll want food that won’t leave your fingers greasy, or you could damage your cards and game pieces.

Movie Night

Heading to the theater isn’t cheap. But, you can enjoy your favorite movies at home for inexpensive family fun.

You can purchase a new movie, rent one, stream one from online, or just watch one you already have. These options work for a variety of budgets.

With younger kids, have a pajama party to correlate with your movie night. You can even spread sleeping bags on the living room floor and let them crash there when it’s over.

Movie night needs some snacks. Popcorn is a good choice, as are little boxes of candy, ice cream cones, or anything else your family enjoys.

Nature Walk

Getting outside helps relieve stress. Take some time and enjoy nature with your family. You can take a stroll around the neighborhood or head out on a more intense hike. Pick something that works for everyone in your family and stick together.

Visit a Local Tourist Favorite

Think about your town like a tourist. What do people visiting your area like to do? Since you won’t have travel expenses, you’ll often be able to visit these places without shelling out a ton of money.

You might be able to purchase an annual pass for even more savings. You’ll just have to make sure that you visit often enough to make it worth the cost.

Here are some places to look for:

  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Museums
  • Science Centers
  • State Parks
  • Amusement Parks

Go Berry Picking

Help your kids understand where their food comes from, and take them berry picking. There are you-pick farms in many locations. You’ll want to call ahead first and find out when the best hours are for picking. You’ll want to avoid picking in the hottest part of the day.

To make the most out of this family outing, here are some tips:

  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty — after all, berries grow in the dirt.
  • Have berry picking races. Who can fill their basket the fastest?
  • Estimate how many pounds you’ve picked.

Once you’ve paid for your berries and taken them home, you can continue the fun. Work together to wash and preserve the berries to enjoy all year long. You can make jam, pie filling, or simply freeze them.

Create Art

Creativity is an essential skill, and this activity will encourage it. Bring out your art supplies and spread them on a table. Set a timer for thirty minutes and challenge everyone to create something.

Once the time limit is up, let everyone share what they made. When everyone has shared, display your artwork for a while. That way you can all enjoy it.

You can all work together to clean up and get your art supplies stored away until next time.

How Do You Have Fun as a Family?

Please share your best inexpensive ideas for having fun together with our SideMoney readers.

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