But do you want to break the bank doing so – no, you don’t. You shouldn’t have to. There are some really neat and inexpensive activities and outings that your entire family will enjoy that are right in your neighborhood.
Read on for five fantastic and cheap local family activities.
1. Start Here
Some of us never realize that our local Chamber of Commerce website is a plethora of cheap family fun just waiting to be discovered.
Not only does the Chamber’s website inform you of local happenings in your area, but it also offers discounts and coupons for you to use so you can save money while enjoying the festivities.
Your local Chamber of Commerce’s website will also have an option for opting into their weekly emails. Sign up and let the deals come to you – you’ll be amazed what’s being offered for family fun right in your own backyard.
2. Local Colleges
If you’ve never thought to check for fun at your local colleges, then you’ve been missing out.
Everything from plays to art shows and even celebrities are the norm at colleges worldwide.
Tickets are often heavily discounted for students and local residents.
Hop onto their respective websites and check out their happenings, the next best thing could be right in your own neighborhood.
3. Think Matinee
If your family is a bunch of movie lovers but you don’t want to spend an entire paycheck taking everyone, then look into matinee times.
Especially in the summer months some movie theaters even offer $1 movies and/or special discounts for the kiddies.
Hop onto their website and check out their specials, if you don’t see anything advertised then give the theater a call. Sometimes the low pricing is so good, they try to keep it a secret. But we’ve got their number right, mamas?
4. Libraries Rock
Some of us use our local libraries so much we should move in, while some of us barely know how to get to ours.
Not only is everything at your local library free, but they have passes to places such as museums and water parks that will save you a ton of cash so you can take the entire family and have a blast.
Other things you can catch at your local library are free movie nights (sometimes popcorn is included), guest speakers, computer classes, free concerts, arts & crafts for the whole family, and even plays and story time for the kids.
Feel you aren’t library savvy? Then talk to a librarian – they’ll guide you in the right direction for what they offer as well as other places you may not have thought to check to save money on family outings and events.
5. Local Parks
Your local parks offer fantastic scenery for a family picnic and an afternoon of fun.
Not only are parks continuously kept up landscape-wise, but they’re totally free and safe for the entire family to explore.
Pack your family a picnic and let the fun begin. Bring some extra bread to feed the ducks and birds, toss your family’s sneakers into a bag and go for a hike around the park, or bring a soccer ball and get a game going.
Not only will your family enjoy some much needed outside time, but you can also venture to other parks that you may not have known were so close to you.
Check out your local Parks & Recreation Department’s website, they’ll have links and directions to other nearby parks that you can enjoy for free as well.
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