I love spring! It seems to inspire everyone to introduce activity into their lives. We usually start with the spring-cleaning, but let’s be honest, a person can only clean for so long before you just need to have some fun. But fun typically costs and when you have a big family, you often feel like you’ve been sized out of the fun department.
Here are a few family fun outings that won’t break the bank but are sure to bring you some great memories.
- Free Family Nights at Your Local Museum. Most museums (children’s museums included) have one night a month where they offer free admission for families. Typically they coordinate and spread them out so you could, in theory, hit a different free evening every week.
- Road trip to a historical location nearby. The costs associated with historical sites are usually low and provides learning and fun all wrapped into one. Make it a little more interesting by making up stories about the people that lived or worked in these buildings. Build stories about them as a group.
- Camp-out…. In your backyard complete with hotdogs, smores and late night ghost stories. Some of my best memories from my childhood come from such evenings.
- Explore the great outdoors. No matter where you live, there is likely someplace to hike – be it desert, mountain or plains. As a family, research what animals or plants are most prevalent and then have a contest to see who can identify the most items on the list – think part scavenger hunt, part exercise.
Building memories and spending time as a family doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you may be surprised to know what some of your kids fondest memories are. We’ve taken our kids on all sorts of great trips – from Europe to Canada to the Caribbean and yet their favorite trip we ever took was doing community service and staying in campsites and cheap hotels. I suspect this is because we were all fully present in the moment… and isn’t that what it’s really all about?