When it comes to being a family, quality time is essential. While some go-to ideas for family day are movies or other pricey activities, not every great bonding experience has to have a hefty price tag. To skimp on the cost but keep the fun, try one of these free activities on your next family day
1. Visit the local library
Among many other great and free ideas, 103 Things to Do on a Money Free Weekend from The Simple Dollar suggests a visit to the local library. Often, local branches offer story time, book clubs, or other fun, free events. It's also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the vast book selections, or check out a CD or audiobook for the whole family to enjoy. So if you don't already have one, pack up your whole clan and go get a library card in order to see what your local branch has to offer.
2. Go outdoors
If curling up with a good book or movie doesn't quite suit your family, round up the kids and hit the outdoors. Plenty of outdoor activities are fun and free. If you can't think of any, flip through this extensive list titled 26 Things to do for Free on a Saturday Night from Listen Money Matters. Try taking a bike ride, going on a hike, or attempting to geocache!
3. Watch family videos
Looking for a captivating movie for your next family day? 53 Activities for a Money-Free Weekend from Good Financial Cents suggests that this week you spend family day doing “movie night" with a new twist! Instead of watching the latest Disney flick, pop a bowl of popcorn and curl up with some of your old family videos. When everyone plays a starring role, they're bound to be a hit with the whole family.
4. Learn something new
Learning a new craft or hobby can be a great way to gain a new skill and spend time with your family. 50 Free (or cheap) Family Activities from And Then We Saved suggests trying your hand at a new craft with your family. It's fun and free to learn new skills like origami, sewing or juggling that everyone can enjoy together.
5. Go backyard camping
Camping is a fun getaway for the whole family and an excellent opportunity for your kids to develop an interest in the outdoors, but you're wrong if you think you need a whole weekend or extra vacation days to do it. To go camping for free any night of the week, utilize this idea from Free or Cheap Things to do With Kids posted by Kiplinger and pitch a tent right in your own backyard. The kids will love roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and telling ghost stories around the fire.
This week, family day doesn't have to break the bank. Use one of these five ideas or any of the others from the articles and have just as much fun with next to no cost. What will you do with all the money you've saved?