Everyone is invited to Frugal Fun Day! Who says you have to spend a lot of money to have fun? Some of my best childhood memories are of spending time playing with my family! We never had the money to take expensive vacations, but there was quality time spent in a blanket fort with our imaginations and I was just as happy! You may be thinking that the term 'frugal' doesn't sound like the most thrilling word in the English language. But believe me when I say that once you start looking into all the fantastic things you can do on a budget, you'll be shocked at how much fun you can have without spending a lot of money. So get ready to be inspired, get ready to be creative, and most importantly, get ready to have fun.
Check out all of these FREE ideas to have FUN with your family:
Go to the park/playground
Go for a picnic
Take a hike
Play with sidewalk chalk and bubbles
Go for a bike ride
Go on a scavenger hunt
Play Charades or Pictionary
Outside kid’s game day: Hula hoop and Limbo contests, hopscotch, frisbee, freeze tag, Simon Says, etc.
Get out that Twister game! If it’s warm enough, take it outside and add a little something slippery to the mat for an extra twist!
Hunt for different fall leaves and then make leaf rubbings
Have a pumpkin carving contest
Go and visit someone
Do some baking or cook a new recipe
Give each other makeovers (these could be serious or crazy)
Build a blanket and pillow fort
Build a fort outside
Fly a kite
Camp in the backyard or just set up the tent in the yard to play in for a while
Do some stargazing
Have a karaoke night or a lip sync battle
Play board games or cards
Do lots of art and have an art show
Have a leisurely day at the library or browse at the local bookstore
Do some yardwork for someone in need
Have a Lego building competition
Host a video game competition
Play photographer for the day. Who can capture the most unique photo?
Have a movie marathon
Organize a game of kickball, volleyball, or any other team game
Put on a talent show
Make a time capsule
Do some science experiments
Make paper airplanes and see how far they’ll fly
Make sock puppets, stick puppets, or paper bag puppets and put on a show
See who can build the tallest house out of playing cards
Make a giant “laser maze” by tying yarn to everything, then see if you can maneuver your way through the maze
Make a cardboard box maze or fort
Do a jigsaw puzzle
Learn how to sew something
Play pretend: your couch or bed can be anything (a boat, a time machine, or a huge dinosaur!)
Turn your kitchen into a “restaurant.” What will your kids be serving today?
Have a family sleepover in the living room (plan fun activities for the evening)
Have a tea party, make it fancy, and invite friends or stuffed animals
Play with playdough, sculpting clay, or kinetic sand
See how good you are at hitting different targets with Nerf guns, then have a Nerf war
Build a domino relay
Color or paint some bright pictures and drop them off at a retirement community
Go outside and look at the clouds. See who can find the coolest shape
Learn how to do a magic trick
Make a movie on your phone
Make a birdfeeder
Run a lemonade stand
Wash your car with lots of soapy buckets
Make your own mini golf course Make Your Own Mini Golf Course for World Mini Golf Day on Sept. 21st (towersoflight.net)
Play flashlight tag (this works inside or out)
Get some Hot Wheels cars and make some new tracks for them. Have races!
Visit your town’s visitor’s center. You might learn about a new fun thing to do!
I'm sure that you can think up many more ideas to have lots of frugal fun together.