Forget buying the latest video game or springing for a couple of hours at one of those indoor kids activity places. Instead, try one of the following free family activities that you can do today. Zero cost but lots of fun.
1. Go for a Hike…Literally
Being outdoors in nature instantly calms you and raises your spirits. Studies have proven it over and over again. Plus kids really do thrive on fresh air and exercise. A hike, or even just a walk in the park, can be an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Plus, it is free. Bonus points if you have a scavenger hunt for pine cones, seed pods or interesting stones.
2. Movie Night
Take out a couple of movies for free from your local library or borrow them from a friend and have a free movie night. Playing more than one movie can feel special. Choose movies that everyone in the family can enjoy. Pluggedinonline.com has a number of recommendations and printable movie night kits to help you. Bonus points if you offer theme-related snacks.
3. Build a Snowman or a Sandcastle…Depending on Your Geography
Whether the weather outside your window is a winter wonderland or a tropical dream, you can have fun working together as a family to build the perfect snowman or sandman. This can be a great bonding experience for parents and kids. Everyone can contribute to his or her ability. Bonus points if you make an entire family of snow or sandmen
4. Take Advantage of Free Store Activities
Many chain stores, such as Michael’s, Lowe’s and Home Depot offer free workshops for kids and kids with parents on weekends. Local bookstores and libraries also offer everything from story time to crafts. Most of these activities tend to be geared for younger children. Bonus points if you ask a local craft store to sponsor a free family event.
5. Family Restaurant Night
Get the whole family together to cook a family style restaurant meal. Making family dinner together can be fun as well as teach some valuable lessons. Start with the shopping and go all the way through to cooking and serving. Even the youngest ones can stir things, set the table or draw up a menu. Start planning for your restaurant a week or two in advance. Bonus points if you try a food that no one has ever tried before.