Since we are on holiday break – and have already spent our money on holiday gifts and entertaining — what are some ideas that can entertain the family at little or no cost?
Whether it is checking out a DVD at your local library or from the Red Box or playing card or board games in the evening, there are ways to find entertainment without putting a hole in your pocket.
If you have young children, you may have a chalk mural on your driveway if the weather is warm. Even baking cookies together can be a fun family event. I remember as a child, my mom would sometimes make a batch of yeast bread dough and my sister and I would shape the dinner rolls. In addition to being an enjoyable family activity, working together in the kitchen is also a chance to start teaching your child cooking skills that they will use in their later years.
To be healthier, how about a hike in the woods or taking the children to play in the park? With help from seed catalogs, why not plan your own garden? You will reap the produce next summer. As a family, go for a bike ride. Have a family pick-up game of one-on-one basketball or invite the neighbors over for a game of volleyball. Invite the neighbors in for a potluck barbeque and have activities for the kids and adults.
In the summer, visit a drive-in movie theatre or tour a dairy farm or a police or fire station. Enjoy a free concert in the park or community festival. Visit the public library, check out movies, books, games, music, and take advantage of the programs that the library offers. Read a good book for enjoyment.
Best to you and your family as we start a new year!