They say that the best things in life are free, but those with families know that outings can cost a fortune. Creating wonderful childhood memories for your kids doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg! All you need is a little imagination and lots of forward planning to ensure that your family has the most fun. Here are five amazing things to do with your family that maybe free or cost little to experience.
Cardboard Box Fun
Grab your glue, glitter, markers, paint and stickers that are laying around the house. Get a couple of large corrugated packing boxes from your local store. Now all you need is a little imagination to turn your boxes into a throne, castle, pirate ship, space ship, racing car, rocket or dolls house. The possibilities are infinite! You and your kids can have fun making your special cardboard box creation, and then playing with it once it’s done. Involving your kids in the creative process can add another dimension to the entertainment. You can get them to draw plans for your creation and discuss designs prior to construction. Remember to recycle when you are done with your box.
This is a great opportunity to teach your family about the importance of recycling while creating new items for your home. You can scout local garage and thrift stores for furniture and toys that need a little love. Take them home and then clean, paint and repair your new treasures. Let your kids choose their own items for refurbishment. You can donate the spruced up items to charity or use them in your own home.
A Visit to the Museum
Museums always have discount days where you can visit their exhibitions for a vastly reduced rate. Take the whole family down for a really great educational experience. You can save money on food and drinks by packing your own picnic lunch. Plan to enjoy your snacks in the museum grounds or at a park in the area. You can pack a lunch to suit the museum experience. If you go to the dinosaur exhibition, pack barbeque ribs for lunch. A trip to the modern art museum can incorporate sandwiches that are cut into interesting shapes.
Camping can be very expensive once you factor in campsite and travelling costs. You can have just as much fun camping in your backyard with the convenience of having your own bed and bathroom nearby incase of heavy rains or cold. If you don’t have a backyard, ask a friend or family member if you can use theirs. Pitch a tent in the backyard and make a fire if you can. Barbecue, play flashlight tag, stargaze and tell campfire stories. Camping for us always meant slowing down a bit, trying new things, exploring and understanding each other more.
Making amazing memories with your family doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. All you need to have fun is a little imagination and the spirit of adventure.