Spending time with family is priceless, but most outings are outrageously expensive. So here are a few frugal family outings you can do and not break the bank while doing them.
Check your area to see if their is a local drive-in, not only are they are fun treat, but they are often much cheaper than a newer theater. Another great thing about drive in movies is you can bring your own snacks in with you, saving you lots of money. Or, if you don’t have one, check for a matinee pricing because they are usually a fraction of the cost.
Check for free concerts in the park, band performances, plays and things brought to you by your community associations. Those activities are much less expensive than the traditional night out on the town and just as much fun.
Go for a day in the park, complete with a picnic lunch. Spend time playing Frisbee, playing on the equipment provided or playing fun games like tag. If you have a state park near, you go for a hike on one of the many hiking trails.
Here are some more inexpensive family activities to consider:
* Play miniature golf. Admission is usually quite reasonable, and it provides the opportunity for relaxed yet engaging family competition.
* Visit a petting zoo. These small zoos do not have the exotic animals you see at larger ones, but kids can feed and pet the animals.
* Go to a museum. Some offer cheap or free admission, while others cost more. But the larger and more expensive ones often sell season passes, so if you live close by, you can visit numerous times for one low price.
* Go boating. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a body of water, boating is fun and relaxing. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are inexpensive, and when you’re done boating there are usually other cheap or free activities in the area.
* Attend events at a nearby college. These may include plays, concerts, dance recitals and movie showings. Prices are low, and student discounts usually apply to kids, too.
What other free or cheap activities do you like to do with your family?