Many families live paycheck to paycheck and find it hard to have a family outing day. The solution is to find things in your area that are inexpensive or free to do.
On your weekly shopping trip you could turn the mundane chore into a fun time by packing up a picnic, some sun screen, a frisbee, maybe a soccer ball and going to a park before you do your shopping. You can get two things done in one day and feel productive about it. The kids won’t even mind shopping if they get to go for a picnic first.
Take the family to a local boardwalk. It gets your non active kids out in the fresh air and discovering nature at its best. To make it more interesting do a little research on the wild life and plants that grow there and give your kids a scavenger hunt of things to find while they are on the walk. This will make it fun and interesting if you squeeze in a few fun facts.
Pack the kids up and take them down to the local farmer’s market. Get them to ask questions about the products that the vendors are selling, you will find that they will be more willing to shop around if you let them do the haggling. Ask them to pick some things out, then go back home and everyone can help to make a meal out of the stuff you just purchased.
There are likely many fairs or festivals around your area in the summer. Take the family to one but bring your own lunch, the food can get pricey. Give the kids each a set amount to spend, stressing that they will get no more. They will be cautious and choosy about what they spend it on. Just remember face painting is free and lots of fun laughs.
If it’s too hot out and you would rather stay indoors to be cool you could go to a museum or an art gallery. Most art gallery’s are free and there are smaller museums that are free also or very inexpensive. The kids can learn something and stay cool.
You could take them to a local book store or library and take advantage of the good books and the air conditioning. Most book stores will let you read there as long as you buy something. Chances are you will find a book, start reading it and have to buy it to find out the end.
On a rainy day you could organize a board game day, invite some of the kid’s friends and turn it into a tournament. Make it so they get so many points for winning different games. Keep a chart with the child’s name and what game they played and how many points they earned. No game can be played twice. The winner receives a homemade trophy you have made. Make it a yearly or bimonthly event so that other kids can try to win the trophy away from the winner. I have done this before with my children and it was a great success.
Your kids may not be willing at first to try these things, but once they do, they will enjoy themselves and so will you. It is important for every family to have a family day at least once a month to connect with each other in a fun way.