Spending quality family time doesn't have to cost a lot. There are many ways to spend time with your family for free or for a small price.
Things You Will Need
Open mind and heart
Desire to be closer with your family
Things to remember for your family time
The most important thing to remember when planning family time is to enjoy yourself. Preparing shouldn't be so elaborate that it takes the fun away. Every city and town is different and has varying attractions and entertainment available. If you have children in different age groups, why not take turns deciding how to spend your family time. Try to give your children and the activity your undivided attention. Make your family your main priority for this time period. Really listen to your kids and try to really know them. Being closer will make it easier to see when they are struggling with something in their lives and make them more likely to come to you with any problems they have.
Ideas for family time with younger children
Libraries are always a great choice. Check your local libraries for story times and many also offer arts, crafts and movies especially during the summer. Not only is this a great way to spend time with your family but it is also educational.
Many kid museums have free or reduced cost days.
Parks and playgrounds. During bad weather check local malls for indoor play structures. Many big cities now have spray parks that are free or charge a small fee.
During the summer some theaters offer free movies a few mornings during the week.
Book stores often have toys that can be played with and you can read together.
Go for a walk, bike ride or wagon ride.
Do a puzzle, color, draw a picture, put on a puppet show for your family, sing songs or play dress up.
Kick or throw a ball together.
Ideas for family time with older children
Libraries are still a great choice. Some have teen activities too.
Museums that are aimed more toward older kids.
Volunteering is an excellent way to bond with your family. Soup kitchens, nursing homes, building playgrounds, river clean up are all great for family time.
If you are fortunate enough to live near hiking trails or the beach or any other natural attraction these are great ways to spend time with your family.
Bake a cake, cookies or pie.
Make a meal together.
Camp in your yard.
Walk your dog, or borrow a dog from a neighbor or family member.
Make a scrapbook.
Explore your city and learn about the history.
See a play. Many middle and high schools have plays that the public can attend.
The best advice is to get to know your family, their likes and dislikes and then find activities they will enjoy. Set aside some time as often as possible to spend time with your family. Let them know they are important to you.