Budget-Friendly Family Fun

Contrary to what some believe, you don't have to have money to have fun.  There are a lot of students who will shrink back at the beginning of the year when they get asked over and over again, "What did you do over the summer?"  There are many children who say as a general statement of truth, "We don't do anything" or "We never go anywhere."  And they're telling the truth.

So, do you have to be "rich" to do fun and exciting things?  No.  You simply learn to find or create family-fun with whatever budget you have.

We live in a small city.  One that is not located just beyond a larger city, so there are many things you will not find here unless you venture out.  But one thing was certain, our parents wanted to make sure that growing up in this type of area wasn't all we saw.

These are some of the things we did TOGETHER for little or no cost:

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  • Every year my mom bought season tickets to the Performing Arts foundation in town.  That meant that we could, as a family, get to see ballets, orchestras, operas, plays, choirs, and such all year long.  It was fascinating!  
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  • We visited local museums.
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  • We participated in programs offered at the public library.  (i.e.  Summer Reading programs, art exhibits)
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  • We did lots of reading at home.  Bible stories.  Children's books.  We even competed against each other to see who could gain the highest scores on those vocabulary quizzes found in Reader's Digest.  (Did I mention my mom spent her career as an English teacher/librarian?)
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  • My cousins and I would put on our own dance recital in the living room.  Every routine was impromptu.  Parents were the audience.
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  • My dad, brother, and I would lip sync to old music in the living room and put on a performance for my mom.
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  • We played board games.  Namely, Scrabble and Trivia.  (This goes back to the English teacher/librarian mom.  lol)

This is just a snippet.  And now that I am an adult, I see even more ways that families can spend time together.

Tomorrow, I will share with you one of the most recent family-fun events that cost $0.

What do you enjoy doing with your family for little or no cost?  Please feel free to share in the comment section below.  Also, if you have a post on your blog about any family-friendly fun, you can place the link in your comment so we can visit your blog. 

{Blog Series:  August 19-August 23, 2013}

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  1. Great ideas! We used to go to the town pond which had a beach and a concession stand. It was always a blast!


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