Are you planning a wonderful day, weekend or even a week with your kids? It’s possible that you don’t have a massive budget to play around with here and that’s understandable. A lot of us do struggle to find enough money in the bank for that trip to Disney World or even a tropical vacation somewhere like Hawaii.
Of course, there are a couple of things to point out here. First, heading to Disney doesn’t provide as much time with the kids as you’d think. There’s a lot of walking around, queuing and about five minutes on each ride where no one’s talking to each other at all. We’re not saying that places like this aren’t magical, but they are a lot of work. If you want to spend time with your kids, quality time, you may wish to look elsewhere. Here are some of the best and brightest possibilities for enjoying quality time with your children without breaking the bank.
Arts And Crafts
If you’re staying at home, then you might want to consider completing some arts and crafts with good old fashioned DIY. Bring out the pins, the paper, the cardboard, the pens and pencils and more. You could even help your little ones create their gifts for your Mother’s Day. This is a rather sweet possibility and knowing how much work they spend making your gift can ensure it’s even more special. There are lots of choices for things that can be created too. For instance, you can help them create their card for you or maybe even a little decoration for your room.
A museum trip is a great choice because as well as being fun, it can be educational too. Your kids can learn a lot from visiting a museum and they are often quite a lot more exciting than you would expect. Some museums have actually been built with the kids in mind and as such can be a grand day out. Even if they were not designed like this, it’s still possible that you can find a local museum. This could be very interesting for kids because it will tell them more about the place that they call home.
The art gallery is quite similar to the museum. Also, this way the kids will obviously get a chance to learn about art. A lot of art galleries still provide a fascinating insight into the past while modern art pieces can be fascinating for children. The other benefit is that art galleries are typically either free or have a free low entry cost. So, you don’t have to spend a fortune to take the kids on a trip like this. If you are looking for the best art gallery, just search for ones nearby and then check out reviews. This can provide you with a good idea of what to expect.
A Day At The Park
After all, what’s better than a beautiful sunny day, a ball and your kids. If you have a pet, they’re going to love this but even if you don’t parks are great. They provide wide open spaces where you can have a kickabout, play some softball, or even hide and seek. If you are playing hide and seek to make sure that there are specific boundaries in place that the kids can not cross. That way you will still know roughly where they are at all times. Playing tag might be a better option because this won’t involve children going out of sight. When you’re at the park, you can also go tech and spend your time hunting for Pokemon. Yes, the Go app is still very popular and gets a lot of support no matter where you are.
A Weekend In The Forests
If you’re looking for a way to spend an extended weekend, you might want to consider heading out into the forests. We’re of course talking about taking the kids on an excellent camping adventure. The best part of this is that when you go camping, there’s plenty of different possibilities. You can take the kids fishing, mountain biking, show them how to cook in the wild or even go hillwalking. It’s all at your feet and there’s no need to worry about getting bored when you consider this particular adventure.
Road Trip Fun
Alternatively, why not consider taking a road trip with the kids. This a perfect idea for the summer months and all it takes is a full tank of gas. There are two ways to do this. You can be like Clark Griswold and plan it down to a tee. Or, you can be spontaneous and simply see where the road takes you. Either way, there’s a good chance it’s not going to be anything like you would perhaps expect. Indeed, you might find that you discover hidden gems nearby or potentially further afield.
Or, how about setting up a messy room in your property. This could be the garage, the family room or even the attic depending on your layout. Here you can explore various different options like finger painting or perhaps paper mache. Sure, these are messy options but once you lay down some old newspapers or blankets you should have no problem at all here. Remember, the clean up won’t take long if you get everyone working together.
Water Fight Wonders
We’re back at home now and if it’s a hot day, why not consider making your home a water wonderland. It’s really easy to do. Creating a waterslide just requires a thin piece of plastic, some water, and washing up liquid. You can then turn the hose on, creating a rainbow the kids can run under, fill up some water balloons and grab those water pistols. Once everything is set up let the battle begin and don’t stop until everyone is soaked. Make sure it’s a hot day because that way you’ll be dry long before you have to head inside.
Bringing Out The Oldies
You probably have some board games buried in the attic. It’s time to dig them out and make sure that you and the kids can spend a few hours playing these. Once you get started, kids typically love board games because they are great fun. Particularly games like Monopoly that unleashes the competitive energy. You can really stretch your brain muscles here too so it’s great for the school summer drought. You can make sure that the kids are still using problem-solving skills and have a great time even when you don’t have any loose cash to spend.
On Your Bike
Last but certainly not least, you can consider going on a bike ride with the kids. This is great exercise, fun for the children and good for keeping you in shape too. All you need is a few bikes that you probably already have in the garage. You can make a day of this as long as you pack some bags with food and water. Don’t be scared of cycling a few miles at least because again, you never know what you might discover. Don’t have bikes? No problem, head out for a family walk instead. The general idea is the same and it can still be fantastic fun for everyone.
We hope you love these ideas and see now that spending time with the kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It doesn’t matter what type of budget you’re working with, you can still have a great time with everyone together.