When you have a family and work and go to school all week, it’s fun to do something that's not work or school related on occasion. These are all fun things you can do that are free or very inexpensive to do. Your whole family will enjoy each activity and not even care that money is not involved.
1. Work on a Farm
You may have a local farm that accepts workers for a day. They teach you the workings of the farm, and you and your kids do real work depending on the type of farm. You may learn how to feed chickens, milk goats, or something else.
2. Free Local Museum Days
If you have any museums or tourist attractions in your local area, they usually have free days for local people. Find out when those days are so that you can make your plans to visit them on the free days.
3. Go on a Picnic
It’s so expensive to eat out, so why not set up a picnic and take it on the road. Go eat at a picnic table in the park. You can take any food that you’d normally eat at home which is easy to make on a grill, or put together like sandwiches, chips, and fruit. Remember to take fun games like a frisbee or something.
4. Arts and Crafts
Most kids love to get messy, and arts and crafts can do that for you. You may need to buy some supplies for your arts and crafts, but you’ll have something to show for your efforts. Your kids can make useful things like potholders, rock walkways, and art for the wall too.
5. Start a Garden
If you like spending times in the outdoors, you may want to start a garden. Even if you cannot start one outside due to lack of space, you can grow sprouts and herbs indoors. Kids love taking care of spouts and watching them grow.
6. Binge Watch Movies
This is fun to do on bad weather days or even weekly. You can arrange a weekly "junk and movie" night, watching movies from Amazon Prime or other channels. Eat some fun food, set up blankets and comfy seating, and cuddle and enjoy.
7. Bake Something Together
Cooking and baking is always fun for kids because it’s like arts and crafts. They can get messy and get to eat sweets. Plus, when you make things at home, they’re naturally healthier even if it’s a cookie.
8. Volunteer Together
There are many ways you can volunteer as a family depending on the ages of your kids. You can adopt a highway and clean up trash, you can volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, or you can help feed people in a soup kitchen. Maybe pets are more your thing - then you can all spend time helping at your local animal shelter feeding, walking, and cleaning up after animals.
9. Get More Involved in Your Church
If you attend church, this is another inexpensive way to enjoy family activities. Churches, especially large ones, have plenty of activities besides church on the Sabbath. Yes, you will have to join and pay your tithes, but usually, you only pay what you agree to, which can make the activities you do with your church inexpensive.
10. Sightsee Locally
Put on your tourist shoes and visit your own town as if you’re an outsider. What do they look at in your area (or within an hour or so from your home)? Do those touristy things. This may end up costing some money, but it’s one of the few things in this list that does.
Doing fun things with your family without spending a lot of money makes the time together even more enjoyable due to the lack of money-related stress. Remember that no matter what you choose to do, the important factor is spending stress-free time together, fully focused on each other.