5 Cheap Nights Out With Your Family
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Spending time together as a family was a huge part of my upbringing. My parents always strived to spend time with us on a regular basis. Sometimes we would do activities at home and other times we would go out. Taking the entire family out for an evening of fun can be exciting and something all parents want to do on a regular basis. However, going out costs money and frequently it can cost more than the average family can afford, especially these days. So, if you want to enjoy an evening with your family, consider these 5 ideas for going out where you can really enjoy some family bonding while saving money at the same time. I did all 5 of these growing up and I still remember the fun I had to this day.
5 Fun Ideas
1. Head to the Theater. I know you are thinking the movies are really expensive and there is no way you can afford to go. However, frequently during the week movie theaters offer specials, even 2 for 1 deals, to get more people in to see movies during the middle of the week. In our area we had a discount movie theater where each ticket was only $3. We also brought snacks in my Mom’s purse so we wouldn’t have to pay the outrageous prices at the concession stand. The entire night cost less than $20 for the four of us. (Barbara’s comment; Don’t forget about drive ins, very popular in the summer.)
2. Go Bowling. To this day I am still not good at bowling but it is a great way to have fun and few laughs. Many alleys offer specials during the week, especially for kids. Where I lived, Tuesday was the day to go. Make a quick healthy dinner, like wraps or soup, and then head to the bowling alley for a few rounds of fun. You can even try novelty bowling where you bowl by standing in funny positions.
3. Head to the Park and get Ice Cream. Where I live they have a place called the BDI. It is a little ice cream shop on a bridge. We would go there as kids for a small treat and walk outside along the river. We would watch to see how many fish and birds we would see. Most kids love to go to the park and since the park is free it is perhaps one of the best places to go! Your kids will love exploring nature and the parents get some family time and fresh air. While you’re there, head to your local ice cream parlor and have a cone of your favorite flavor. A few licks of goodness is all you need.
4. Watch University Sports Games. Many kids really love sports so consider a family night out to a local sports game. Entrance is inexpensive and it can be a lot of fun to watch local people playing a sport. (Barbara’s comment; there are lots of universities and colleges in our area and many of the events are free. We saw a great soccer match and caught a glimpse a famous U.S. soccer star in the crowd.)
5. DIY Pizza and Arcade Games. Another great night out with the family can be enjoying a family size pizza. Get each kid to pick what topping they want and then make a pizza together. Not only is this fun but it also helps children build cooking skills. Once you have eaten, head to the local arcade. Not only will you have a great meal that is inexpensive, but the arcade games are generally inexpensive as well. You can give each child $2-3 in quarters and let them play until they are gone. (Barbara’s comment; Ski ball is my favorite, although basket ball and dance dance revolution come in at 2nd and 3rd.)
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Guest Contributor; Miss T blogs at Prairie EcoThrifter grew up in the Canadian prairies and still lives there today. She is passionate about saving money, being healthy, looking out for our environment, and most of all having fun. Her blog shares tips on how you too can live a green, debt free, and fun life.
What kind of activities have you done with your kids this summer? Please share.
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