Family activities

Jennifer Bonn
Jen Bonn

Family fun does not have to empty the wallet. With a little creativity, every family can have a great time and not spend a penny. Here are some ideas.

  1. Go for a hike. Head for the hills or a local park and have some exercise together while enjoying your surroundings. Bring a snack and take a break to enjoy the view and the great company.
  2. Go to the beach. Does your town have a local lake? Bring some beach toys, spread out the blanket, and enjoy the water and sand. Enjoy water sports.
  3. Volunteer to help local community organizations. Go to the pound and play with puppies or to the retirement community to sit and talk with the elderly. You will feel good about helping others and you will have plenty to talk about and share when you are done.
  4. Check the local paper for free cultural events. You can find craft fairs or concerts or art exhibits that are free to the public.
  5. Have a picnic. You can travel to an appropriate spot or just go into the backyard. Spread out the blanket and enjoy some good food and each other’s company.
  6. Watch a t.v. movie at home. Make a huge bowl of popcorn and get comfy in the living room.
  7. Play a board game. Pull out some board games and enjoy a night of laughter and strategy together.
  8. Go to community celebrations. Most small towns have a town celebration which offers fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy local food, face painting, and performances.
  9. Show an outdoor movie and invite the neighborhood. If you can find the equipment, hang up a sheet as a screen and invite several families over to watch it with you.
  10. Go to a parade. Check local listings for holiday parades. Bring some lawn chairs and enjoy the event.
  11. Have a pot-luck barbecue. Invite other families and ask everyone to bring a dish and a beverage.
  12. Go to local sporting events. Go watch the recreational teams compete. They will enjoy the extra spectators and you can watch a great sporting event.
  13. Do a sport together. Kick a soccer ball around, go swimming, play catch, and just enjoy being together.
  14. Cook together. Find some new recipes that you want to try out and make an elaborate dinner together.
  15. Have dinner together. Turn off the television and remove any other distractions and just enjoy each other. You will be surprised how much you will find out about your family when you just sit and listen.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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