Affordable Activities for the Whole Family

Finding the best way to spend time together has become a true challenge in this fast paced and tight-budgeted world. Costs are going up everywhere; even the old mainstay of a movie theater is becoming too expensive for the average person. Thankfully, there are alternatives available for the smart homemaker. Here are a couple of them.

1. Go to the Park

The neighborhood park is filled with equipment designed to entertain children as they exercise. It is the perfect place for parents looking for a place to relax as children burn off excess energy. Most communities have several parks within walking distance. Look up your city government's website and see where your local parks are located today. They are free, safe attraction guaranteed to bring delight to everyone in your family.

2. Board Games

Nearly every family has a board game or three located on a shelf in a closet, just waiting for the perfect moment to be brought down and played. These games are more than a mere entertaining distraction, they are educational tools designed to help children understand how to manipulate currency or learn about cause and effect in friendly ways.
Who doesn't remember bankrupting someone playing Monopoly? Since most people already own a game set or two, there is no upfront cost in playing these games. Most board games do not need electricity; you can play them wherever you wish, even at a park.

3. Visit a Museum

During the summer months, numerous museums offer free visit days in order to attract children from the local community. Check with your local museums and find out when they are.
A museum is much more than a building filled with exhibits. There are activities and dioramas designed to entice learners of all ages. From space exploration to archaeology, there is something for everyone. For most families this can be something fun and educational to do that doesn't cost a lot of money.

4. Go to the Library

A visit to the library can easily take all day, due to the plethora of potential stories to choose from. There is something for everyone, from steamy romance to steam punk adventures set in an alternative twentieth century.

Choosing books to read can easily be a bonding experience between a parent and child. The joy of finding an author that both likes to read can bring a smile to even the most grumpy of children's faces. This is perfect for the parent looking for some quiet time at home, for what is quieter than a child sitting on the couch with a book on his lap?

5. Community Pool

Most communities have established pools as a means of promoting community cohesion through interaction, and of saving resources by convincing people not to waste water on their own pools. These establishments are often very cheap to enter, and some even provide memberships for those wishing to come often.

Go to your community's website and see what is available, who knows what you might find while going over the listings! Remember to protect yourself and your children from the harmful effects of the sun. Use sunblock, and reapply hourly to keep the menace of sunburn and cancer far away.
Having fun as a family does not need to be expensive. On the contrary, there are many ways to have fun without making a dent in your pocketbook. Check your community website; there are often special events or deals that can entice you to bring your family out.

Look around your home, over the course of the average life we all gather small toys and games that wind up in a closet somewhere. Bring out that board game and you will be having a fun, and cost-free, time!