Free Holiday Activities for You and Your Family

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 17th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1rz5btgd/
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Do you have little money left for non-essentials? With so many families needing to restrict their spending to essential things, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself. Often, the children are the neglected ones in the budget cut-back. This needn’t be so. There are many things you can do for free with your children. Why not try some. They will give you good quality time. Here are some simple free activities you can do as a family.

Visit the Local Library

Local libraries are no longer just for those wishing to borrow books. Many libraries now offer a range of services, most of them free. Things on offer at my own library include free children’s DVDs to borrow, puzzle and activity corner, visiting authors and poets reading their work and free internet access.
And of course, borrowing books you can share together is the best reason of all to go to the library. Why not expand your horizons and get a book that teaches you all how to do something new.

Explore Parks and Museums

Our world has become a constant rush, with no time to enjoy simple things. A family trip to the local park will give you so much joy. Feed the ducks, play in the playground, enjoy the flowers and plants. Maybe you can visit beforehand and map out a simple spot-it treasure hunt and get the family to tick off the items they find.
Most museums have moved from the static displays of the past and now include interactive activities for children and their families. Even if yours doesn’t, watch the local paper for news of new exhibits. Help your children learn about local history in a fun way.

Play Games Together

When the electricity went off in our neighbourhood, one family lit candles and pulled out all the old-fashioned board games. Children actually like playing these games with family members, especially by candlelight. You’ve probably got a Snakes and Ladders board, Monopoly, a pack of cards and other similar games tucked away there somewhere.
Remember the games you played as a child – I Spy, Twenty Questions, Charades, Hangman – the list is rather long. If you’re not sure of the rules anymore, look the up on the internet. Invent some new games. One my family loved was Consequences, where you wrote things, folded it over, passed it on and the next person wrote the next line. That was fun, giving us lots of laughs. I’d have to look up the actual rules now though.
These are just a few ideas that cost little money or nothing to get your imagination going. They not only provide fun, but are a chance for families to share precious moments together. Remember the old saying, The family that plays together, stays together. Playing is free and is the perfect way to spend quality family time.

Create Something

With all the extra paper, cardboard and recyclable junk around at the moment, why not have a family creative afternoon. Grab scissors, glue, tape, and anything lying around the house that could be used. You could have a theme such as Christmas to channel the ideas, or name a finished object, such as a tree decoration or a wall hanging, for everybody to work towards. You may be surprised at how creative your children are and how they can teach you a thing or two.
Children love to cook, but so often parents try and avoid the extra mess in the kitchen, or the time it takes. There are plenty of simple recipes that can be found on the internet or in books from the local library. Cooking is a life skill that will stand them in good stead when they grow up. There’s nothing nicer than sharing homemade cookies you’ve produced yourself.
A small scrapbook
or cheap exercise book doesn’t cost too much and can provide hours of fun. Pictures can be found in magazines, junk mail, old Christmas cards, almost anywhere print and visual images are combined. Choose a theme for each page and set challenges as to who can find the most interesting items related to the theme.

Money Saving Family Fun

These are just a few ideas that cost little money or nothing to get your imagination going. They not only provide fun, but are a chance for families to share precious moments together. Remember the old saying, The family that plays together, stays together. Playing is free and is the perfect way to spend quality family time.

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Children, Families, Family Fun, Free Activities, Holiday Activities, Holidays, Saving Money

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author avatar Val Mills
Writer, coffee drinker, enjoying life. Just published 'West End the Best End - School Memories from the 1950s'; working on the next project
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author avatar johnnydod
19th Jun 2010 (#)

Another Star page Val, well done.

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author avatar Cashmere
26th Jun 2010 (#)

My son is not old enough to read himself, but loves me to read aloud to him. Plus the local railway museum is a major hit with him. He's kind of obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine right now.

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author avatar smoothoperator
9th Aug 2010 (#)

One Star from me too.

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