Entertaining your kids can be pretty tough at the best of times, but when you’re on a tight budget for family fun, it can be much more difficult to ensure that everyone has a good time, which is why I’ve put my thinking cap on to come up with some good ideas for family fun-time that do not have to break the bank…
Have a Board Game Night
There are many excellent board games available right now which are much more sophisticated than many of the child-friendly board games of old – games like Pandemic, Settlers of Catan and Flamme Rouge – which the whole family can enjoy, and although they tend to cost a little more than classics like Monopoly, they offer much more potential for regular game play. Not only that but more and more libraries in this country are offering board game rentals, so you can cut your costs even further. Make a night of it by popping some corn or ordering a pizza and you’ll have bags of fun for a lot less than you might think.
It has never been cheaper or more convenient to watch a wide range of films to suit any family’s tastes. You have the option of sky tv installation, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Kodi and much more besides, and although some of these options might seem a little expensive for some budgets, when you have pretty much 24/7 access to entertainment which means you can spend less on days and evenings out, it quickly becomes apparent how much you could save with a simple entertainment subscription. To make it fun, choose a theme for the evening or do a lucky dip by having everyone write down their choice of film on a piece of paper and then draw it out of a hat. Sometimes, it’s the simple things which are the most fun and film night certainly fits the bill for that.
Cook Something Tasty
You all have to eat anyway right, so why not turn the day’s cooking into a fun family event by getting everyone involved. This is particularly good for really young kids who love playing around with food – particularly if you’re baking cakes, and older teens who are developing their own tastes for the first time. As long as you give them some say in what you cook and you allow them to get hands on enough in the cooking process, they’ll really love it.
Throw a Dance Party
Invite the kids’ friends over, fire up the speaker system and have a blast singing and dancing the day (or night) away. It will only cost you the price of drinks and snacks and everyone will have a wonderful time while burning off a few calories, which is always a bonus.
Visit a Local Farm
Younger children in particular love visiting farms where they can see and maybe even pet a range of cute animals, and farm visits are usually very cheap. Best of all, visiting farms can be very educational as well as ensuring your family gets some fresh air and a good walk into the bargain.
What are your best budget-friendly ways to have a fun time with the family?