Summer is a great time for outdoor family activities. The beautiful weather makes spending quality time together that much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, nowadays spending time with your family outside of the house can cost, “an arm and a leg.” There is no reason why family time should break the bank. Below are a few activities that are both family and budget friendly
- Museums. Many museums have free days and there are many others that are donation only or “pay as you wish.” Some public libraries offer Museum Passes with a library card membership, allowing you access to local museums. Different library branches have different policies, so inquire with your local librarian.
- Town/ City Events. Staying abreast of what events are taking place in your town or city is also a wise idea. Many town events are free. Events taking place in your city, as well as neighboring cities, is a great way to spend family time. Street fairs, parades, outdoor movie and concert nights, firework displays, etc. are often free to the public.
- Stargazing. If you have older children, let them stay up past their bedtime, put out a blanket and stare off into space. If you have a telescope, now is the time to break it out! Search constellations beforehand and try to locate them.
- Wash the car. Younger kids will love this outdoor activity! Children seem to love any activity that involves water, so put all those extra hands to work and give your family car a good wash!
- Water balloon fight. No explanation necessary!
- Local and National Parks. Never underestimate the classic family picnic in the park. Local parks are always a great idea. My son’s favorite sumer activity is feeding the ducks and fish at our local park. Public beaches and parks in many states are free. The National Parks Service website is a great tool to help you locate national parks. Nature walks make great photo ops too!
- Memberships. Purchase a membershipwhere your family frequents. My family has a membership to our local zoo, which is The Bronx Zoo. Wildlife Conservation Society For a one time fee of $195 my family can go the Bronx Zoo, as well as four other local zoos and an aquarium as often as we want. We are also e-mailed news about special events that are member exclusives. The initial membership fee of $195 may seem a little steep, but when you calculate how much it costs for a family to visit one of these establishments just one time the price will total around $100. Most memberships are tax deductible as well.
I would love to hear how you and your family spend time together in the summer months!