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Family Fun on a Budget
Budget conscious families are always looking for ways to save a dollar. While having fun together is important, it can also be expensive. If you’re willing to be creative and do a little homework, there are many options for free or low-cost entertainment that offer hours of family fun without breaking the bank. Here are just a few ideas I came across.
CHECK LOCAL RESOURCES FIRSTThere could be more to do where you live than you ever dreamed of:
- Use the internet to search your town or city name and state, followed by “free activities.”
- Call your local library for free book readings, kids’ story time, and other programs. Don’t forget to check out books and movies.
- Check your local newspaper, visitor bureau, city hall, or chamber of commerce for upcoming free or low-cost events.
- Call or visit the websites for your local high schools and colleges for concerts, plays and sporting events.
- Explore a new part of town.
- Visit a county fair or farmers’ market.
- Check to see if your local zoo, museum, art gallery, or aquarium offers a free family day.
- Have a Staycation and camp in your backyard.
- Collect rocks, leaves, feathers, or hunt for 4 leaf clovers. Then create something colorful to remember your day!
- Visit a berry farm to pick your own ripe delicious berries.
- Call your local extension service for information about working farms that offer tours.
- Go sledding or ice skating. Take a walk or hike. Fly a kite, ride bikes, or rollerblade.
- Back yard activities: play horseshoes, croquet, badminton, tag, or hide & seek. Watch the clouds or star-gaze. Bird-watch, feed birds, or plant a garden with your kids. For you hearty folks who live in a snow belt, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or make snow angels.
- Check with local and state parks for free activities or programs. Click HERE for a ParkFinder.