We live for the weekends when we can turn off our alarm clocks and forget about work for a couple of days. Weekends are for lie-ins, meeting up with friends, and having long leisurely brunches. They’re about gathering together family and having fun. Check out these cool family activities that won’t cost you a thing.
1. Park Life
Check out what’s happening at your local parks and spend the day there. Pick out some versatile weekend wear, pack the car and off you go. Many parks and open spaces put on festivals, open air performances, markets, and entertainment. Walk around, get involved, and have fun. Take a picnic with you so you don’t have to spend money on lunches.
2. Community And Library Events
Keep an eye on your local newspaper for events happening near you. Many libraries, museums, and art galleries put on free events for kids. They can get involved in all sorts of activities including, storytime, art, making, and sports.
3. Throw A Garage Sale
Not only is this idea free of charge, but it may also make you a little money. And it’s a great way to get rid of unwanted clutter. Kids love getting involved in garage sales and turning some of their old toys into pocket money. You could also sell homemade cupcakes and tray bakes. Put up some signs on the day to increase footfall.
4. Be More Danish
Throw an impromptu get-together. Make it a small affair and use up what you have in the house already. No need for fancy food and decorations. Embrace the Danish concept of hygge and enjoy simple pleasures. Don’t worry about serving coffee in mismatching cups. So what if your sofa is a little old and your cushions have seen better days. Toss on a colorful throw and make a cozy and comfortable space for the people who mean the most to you.
5. Learn A New Skill Together
Pick a new skill and learn it together. It will need to be something that you can fit into a few hours and something that is achievable. For example, origami, dancing, or knitting. It’s much more productive than watching TV or playing computer games.
6. Family Trophy
Take the traditional games night one step further and compete for the coveted family trophy. Dig out all the old board games from the attic and make a night of it. Vary the games you play and keep scores. The winner gets to keep the trophy until the next competition.
7. Start A Family Newsletter
Start a family newsletter to keep family and friends informed. Let everyone contribute with their own stories, photos, and artwork. They make great additions to holiday cards and mementos to look back on in years to come.
8. Make A Time Capsule
Create a family time capsule to be opened in twenty years. Focus on your everyday life. Add things like grocery receipts, photos, messages, ticket stubs, etc. Then hide it in the basement or attic and open in the future.
There is no end to the things you can do that cost little or no money. The only limitation is your imagination. What do you like to do with the kids at the weekend?