Activities to entertain a family can be expensive, but spending quality time together does not have to cost anyone anything, except for their time. In fact, activities for a family don’t have to cost a penny, and they can be enjoyed all year long when you use a little bit of imagination and a few supplies found right around the house. Here’s your guide to free family activities for anytime of year.
Everyone is craving to get outside after a long winter, and some of the best free activities can be enjoyed in the great outdoors, and they include:
bicycling, hiking on trails, rock collecting, building a club house from scrap wood found on walks through the woods, sight seeing at local points of interest, wildlife tours through wooded areas, quality time in the kitchen, and an indoor or outdoor scavenger hunt using items from around the house.
This is the time of year that picnics and barbecuing are at an all time high, so why not let the kids join in on the preparations? Summer activities are endless and some of the best ones are:
Pitching a tent in your backyard, complete with ghost stories, melt some marshmallows or hotdogs over the bbq, play flashlight tag, swim in a local creek, pond or river, hide n seek, make a raft from scrap wood found on walks in a wooded area, picnics by a stream, bird watching, wildlife watching, and activities with younger kids can be enjoyed by using your sidewalk to draw four square or hopscotch games with chalk.
This is the time of year when leaves are scattered everywhere and can be used as a vice for entertainment while cleaning up the yard. It is also a time to prepare for a new school year, so creative abilities need to be relaunched.
Painting is fun, but painting on clothes is even better. T-shirt painting can result in some real creativity as well as hours of fun. Rocks can also be painted, and made into pets or paper weights. Leaves can be raked and made into forts or large piles to jump into. Bicycling and walking is perfect for this time of year as the chance of getting over heated are minimal. Board games, coloring and drawing are also perfect for everyone in the house.
This is the time of year that you either love playing in snow or you avoid it. You can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities this time of year by simply using your imagination.
Snow ball wars are always a favorite, as is building snow forts. Sledding is a great activity for everyone and ice fishing can be enjoyed if you have a local pond or river. Make a backyard weather station by monitoring the snow, temperature, and wind. Everyone can make snowflakes from paper, and ornaments from beads, macaroni noodles and popcorn. Board and card games are a great activity when enjoyed with snacks and hot chocolate.