5 Free Family Activities You Can Do On The Spur Of The Moment

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Looking for low-cost family entertainment for all ages? You’ve probably seen dozens of ads for discount family vacations, and checked out more amusement park rates than you care to remember. But family fun isn’t about where you go or how much money you spend or save. It’s about the memories you create and you can create memories for free.

When you look back on your own childhood some of your best family memories probably involve an activity that cost nothing and took no planning or packing.

Plant a garden: Plant a family garden, even if it’s only a small plot or a few containers on the patio, and all of you work on it – together. You’ll have a few hours of family time each week to enjoy conversation and have fun.

Join the game: Some of my fondest childhood memories occurred when my dad stepped out the back door and joined in our baseball or kickball games. Our yard turned into the summertime hang-out and kids would actually knock on the door to see if my dad could come out to play.

Go to the library: The library has something for everyone, including story hours for kids, computer classes for adults, and guest speakers to entertain all ages. Hop in the car after dinner and take the family to the library. Try it. You just might be surprised!

Take a hike: Grab all the kids: teenagers included – and head to your nearest park or hiking trail. All you’ll need are some good walking shoes and a bottle of water and you’re set for an hour or two, which is plenty of time to talk, laugh, have fun and create some great family memories.

Have a family barbecue: Instead of dad doing all the cooking and mom handling the serving and clean up, put each of the kids in charge of a dish or a chore and work on it as a family.

As you can see, most of the items on this list are just typical things either you or your kids do on a regular basis, but they’re not something you do consistently, as a family. Family activities don’t have to be big, elaborate ordeals.

All you really need to do is keep your eyes open for opportunities to do things together, times where you can either insert yourself into your child’s activities or pull them into yours. Those spur-of-the moment opportunities are the times when you create the most lasting memories. And they’re usually free!

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.

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