{Inexpensive Family Fun Ideas}


Family Fun. What do you think about when you hear Family Fun? Perhaps a day at a theme park, vacation to another state, dinner at a restaurant…

But what if you have a large family? What if you just do not have the budget for those fancier family outings?

Well, first let me begin by saying that Family Fun has nothing to do with how much money you spend and what ‘cool spot’ you choose. I’ve seen many families who spend, spend, spend on the ‘best’ vacations and events for their children yet they don’t know how to communicate with each other. I’ve seen parents buy their children’s affections, and I’ve seen children manipulate their parents in order to get what they want.

If you ask me, there’s nothing fun about that. But what about real, true, family interaction and fun? What about real laughter and truly enjoying each other’s company? And what if we can do it on a budget?

{family fun ideas}


-Family Picnic

-A day at the park. Throw around the ball. Play tag. Let loose.

-Family Game Night. Play your favorite board game.

-Cooking together. Make their favorite meal or dessert.

-Fly kites.

-Movie night at home. Get some popcorn, sit back, and relax.

-Camp out in your back yard. Or indoors (depending on the weather) if you have a big enough space.


-Go for a walk together.

-Take pictures together of your neighborhood or at a park. Kids love this.

-Go biking.

-Dance party in your living room. This is sure to have them laughing.

-Craft Night.

-Pizza Night. Make your own pizzas.

-Ice-cream Sundae Night. Build your own sundaes.

-Have a cook out.



In an effort to teach my son how to manage money, I challenged him to come up with his idea of a Family Fun Day. His eyes lit up like, ‘yeah!!!’ Until he heard the catch, that is. The catch? Well, yes. I couldn’t allow a 12 year old to choose our Family Fun Day without a real understanding of how money works and how easy it comes and goes. So the catch was that it could not cost us more than $20.

With this simple project, I plan on teaching him:

  1. The value of a dollar.

  2. How difficult it can be to go out and do the ‘fun’ things he always wants to do (theme parks, etc.)

  3. The importance that Family Fun is not about the money spent, but the time spent together.

  4. Appreciation for the times dad and mom put together Family Fun Days.

  5. And how creativity can go a long way!


{your turn}

Alright, so now it’s your turn. You can get your kids in on it by giving them the same assignment. Just pick whatever monetary amount fits in your budget then send them off to formulate some ideas. You too can join the challenge and create Family Fun ideas for under $20 and post them here.

We parents need to stick together. I would love to hear any great ideas you have on getting the family to come together and have a good time. Send me your comments. I’d love to hear from you!!


Posted on April 20, 2012, in BUDGETING, COST CUTTING, FAMILY FUN, FAMILY LIFE, FINANCES and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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