Fortunately, you can still spend time with your kids without forking out a lot of cash. We share five ways to have fun with your kids for free or for cheap.
As much as we want to plan elaborate outings with our kids, the cost of these experiences can add up and take a toll on your wallet. However, you can still encourage your little ones’ excitement even when you and your family choose to stay at home. Below, we share five ways to have fun with your kids for free or for cheap.
Get Crafty with Your Kiddos
Arts and crafts projects effortlessly—and inexpensively—keep kids engaged. Provide a wide assortment of supplies such as construction paper, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, popsicle sticks, and watercolors, and watch your kids’ imaginations run wild for hours.
Host a Family Movie Marathon
Hosting a family movie night is simple—just pop some popcorn and stream your little ones’ favorite film. Theaters will charge you an unbelievable price for a flick and snacks, so you’ll save a ton of money if you recreate the atmosphere at home. Want some parental brownie points? Extend invitations to your kids’ friends, too.
Play Board Games
We’re sure you have dozens of board games hiding in a closet somewhere in your home. Why not take them out and make a night out of it? Board games teach children critical life skills, such as the ability to take turns and the concept of being a good sport. Plus, your little ones are sure to have a good time playing with you and their siblings. Don’t forget to dust off some of the games you played when you were a kid!
Is your family spending too much time indoors? Consider bringing everybody outside. One idea is to take your kids to a nearby hiking trail; this is a wonderful way for kids to squeeze in some exercise and explore the nature in your area. Another fun outdoor option is your local playground, which provides cognitive, physical, and social benefits to kids of all ages.
Visit the Library
It’s easy to read the same stories to your kids every night. But if you go to the library, you can pick up new books your kids will absolutely love—and you won’t have to spend a cent. Also, many libraries host free events such as open play and story time experiences.