There are many free activities that will build family bonds. When our family bonds are strengthened, we have better balance in our lives. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money at the movies or at a theme park to receive the benefits of having fun with your family. Here are a few great ideas for free things to do that your family can enjoy.
1. Go to the Park: Most communities have parks. It may be a small little community park with simple playground equipment or it may be an elaborate setup full of barbeque equipment and tennis courts. Look for the parks near you and utilize them. It’s what they are for.
2. Visit a Museum: While most museums charge a fee, some have “free family day” offers during certain times of the month. If you don’t know about these deals, call your local museum to ask. When you get there, take time out to read and to appreciate the great displays.
3. Go Biking: Provided you already have a bike, the right safety equipment and the know-how, biking can be a fun and worthwhile activity. Don’t forget to bring your water to hydrate.
4. Try Skating: When I was young, skating was the thing to do. I had my own pair and we’d find a park nearby with lots of pavement to roll on. It was a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Be sure to wear a helmet and elbow and knee pads. Also be sure that you are skating in a smooth and a safe area.
5. Make objects through reuse: Go with the green and see what you can create with items you might normally throw away. How about making mini stilts out of tuna cans? Or how about arranging flowers in an empty glass jar? If you don’t want to keep these items around, see what you can make to give away as gifts. Just find an item you’d like to reuse and look up ideas on the web. It’s a great way to foster family creativity, togetherness and fun.
6. Walk:It’s a wonderful way to exercise and to get some fresh air. Walk around the neighborhood or go to a different neighborhood to explore. You may also want to join those active walkers at the mall and quickly peruse through your favorite shopping area. You might find a great bargain in the process!
7. Go Hiking: Summer is the perfect time to hike. Remember your sun protection as well as your bug protection. A wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and some bug repellent will go a long way during a great hike. Look for trails that are safe. Be sure to take adequate water and food. Also remember to leave your plans (place of travel and expected time back) with someone who is not on the hike in case of an emergency.
8. Count and identify the stars: Ever tried this? Stars are endless, but counting them sure is time consuming. It’s a great way to appreciate the greatness of the universe when you try to number and identify the vast array of twinkling lights.
9. Garden: Don’t like to garden? That’s what I used to say until I really delved into it. Now, I do find satisfaction in feeling the earthen dirt and in plucking those pesky weeds. Maybe it’s the wind on my face. Maybe it’s the small little grasshopper that I find dangling on a wisp of grass, staring at me. There’s something relaxing and mesmerizing about gardening. Try it.
10. Do Service: There are countless ways to serve. Help a neighbor. Clean someone’s yard. Go to your local elderly home and offer a hand. You don’t need to look far to find ways to help others.
11. Visit a friend: Quench your thirst for an enjoyable day by visiting with a friend. Spend a fun afternoon together. Make a few sandwiches and go on a picnic.
12. Watch a video: Most people have a stash of favorites that they keep on hand. If not, then see if you can borrow one from a friend or rent an inexpensive one from your local store.
13. Go on a picnic: I love to picnic. It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, every hour is a great picnic hour to me. A brunch picnic will start your day off well. You may even consider going on an evening picnic when the sun is going down and nature takes on a different look.
14. Go cardboard sliding: A lot of people in my area like to find nice green hills and they go cardboard sliding. It takes a bit of practice and you need to experiment with the different types of cardboard. It’s a fun activity. Try it.
15. Float a boat:You may use a store bought boat or you may fold one out of newspapers. You may float it outside on a rainy day or you may choose to float it in the tub. Go ahead. I know you wanna!
16. Build newspaper hats: I used to do this a lot when I was a child. It got to where I became quite the fashionista with newspaper. The colorful comics section was my favorite. Have a contest for the nicest looking newspaper hat. Take pictures of everyone wearing their hats. Have you tried it?
17. Build a fort: It’s the good ‘ole fashioned version of play equipment which still entertains. We get a lot of boxes from our wholesale warehouse. Before you cut them up for the recycling bins, why don’t you use some of them to build your own fort? Many an imagination has been stirred by the architectural elegance of cardboard forts.
18. Play board games: This is a great time to pull out those dusty board games that you haven’t played in a long time. It’s also a great to interact and to bond with others.
19. Make a video: Videos are the craze nowadays. Why not make your own? You become the director and producer of your own show. Come on! Get creative!
20. Play relay games: Remember those days in elementary school when relay games were so exciting? Well, relay games are still in style. How’s about a running relay? Or an obstacle course relay? Scour the internet for more creative ideas. You’ll get a kick out of doing it. Yes, even adults will enjoy this.
21. Go swimming: Whether you go to a local pool or you’re fortunate enough to get to a beach, swimming is a great way to spend the day. Be sure to stock up on sun protection. Also remember to bring plenty of drinking water. Only swim in areas where there is a certified lifeguard on duty.
22. Go on a historical tour: Many people are so busy with their everyday lives that they don’t take the time to find out about the history of the area they live in. Research the history of your community and plan a day to visit key places that make your living area so special. It will build an appreciation in your family when you gain a deeper understanding of your surroundings.
23. Watch the sunrise/sunset:Need I say more?
Quality family time helps bring balance to our lives. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to build family bonds on your days off. There are plenty of quality free things to do. Choose your favorite free activity that your family can enjoy and get out and do it!
Have a happy day!
The Happy Balance Girl
Copyright 2012 by Stacey Shimabukuro-Lui. All rights reserved.
Article republished from my old site: www.thehappybudgetgirl.com Published January 2012