You can enjoy memorable outings with your family that are inexpensive or free, and easily accessible in your own neighborhood. But this takes planning and a willingness to do things a little differently. Here are seven ideas for family outings that you can enjoy.
This family outing can build your children’s knowledge as you walk around your area, city, or town. This is particularly appealing in older towns with a lot of history. Become familiar with the history of the area, so that you can point out and explain important markers as you and your children move around the locale.
Identify interesting buildings, such as churches and historical buildings. You can also talk to your children about the way of life of people living in the area long ago.
Visit the library with your children and choose books, read magazines, access free Internet, and use other available services. Your family can read together, and you open up a whole new world of knowledge. Some libraries have special activities for kids, including craft days and story times.
If you drive your children to school and to other places, your younger children will find a trip on the bus quite a new and exciting adventure. Younger children will love watching the driver and all the people entering and leaving the bus.
If you have younger children, they will love visiting a construction site. Building sites have plenty of activities to hold the attention of your kids on this family outing. Be sure to find a safe area where you and your family can watch. You could even make up games to try to identify the different equipment, and then you can visit the library and find out more about them.
There may be several state parks in fairly close to where you live. Why not visit one of these parks and enjoy a day’s outing for free? You and your family can explore the different attractions including lakes, canoeing, and hiking. Of course you can also play outdoor games of your choice.
The outdoors always provides a refreshing change in scenery, and you family will love it. Whether it be biking or taking a family hike, your family will benefit from the physical exercise and the time you spend together. Why not pack a picnic lunch and set out on an outdoor trip, keep fit, and ease your stress?
There are people in your community who need your help. Why not spend a day doing tasks that could help someone? You will find that as you work with your family to benefit others, you and your children will learn valuable life lessons.
Similarly, your family will have a sense of satisfaction because you made a difference in at least one person’s life. In the process, your family bonds are strengthened.