Anyone have any idea's on how to spend time as a family and not cost a fortune or even when you have limited money and you just want to get out and do something together?

Hope - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I am going out of my mind.,.Its been awhile since my fiance and I have taken our daughter out and done something as a family other than go out to dinner the odd time as a treat, But is there not anything interesting ideas we can do that don't involve money? Well other than a picnic in the park on a nice day. But also its not just that I also want idea's on how my future hubby and I can have a date night and think of ways we can have a good night out on limited funds. Any creative idea's apply.
and I will let him know so we can plan a date night...and have a family time too.

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Ashley - posted on 10/14/2016

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Maybe you guys could have a family game night, and when you want to have a date night, have someone watch your daughter for a bit, and watch movies at home together, though it is simple... It is budget friendly, and it can be a nice way to spend time together.

Leaha - posted on 06/08/2009

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Hi Hope. My husband and I are in the same situation, broke! LOL. One thing we like to do, and always have, we go somewhere secluded and watch the sun set together. We have several public parks in our area, so we go to several diffrent ones when we can. Our kids like to garden with us, weather permitting of course. We make cookies as a family a lot. What about visiting Grandma or Grandpa? Let the kids make cards and go for a visit. Our kids really enjoy having scavenger hunts, even in the house.

As a couple, maybe when you have the 'alone time' try giving each other sensual messages, it will relax you both and help you reconnect. If you are at the point where you need some excitment back in your marriage, go somewher late at night and umm dare I say, "make out" in your car...

Lily - posted on 06/08/2009

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As a family activity we love going to the state parks nearby and hiking; pack a picnic and go to the city park; hang out with friends and have a pot-luck at their or our houses. As for just quiet couple time if we can't get a sitter we will play games once our son is down or just go sit on the porch swing and chat for a bit. If we have a sitter we have done hiking on our own, fishing at the creek, movie night at home, dinner for two.

Jo Ann - posted on 06/08/2009

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we goto our local library. they are always haveing mom and tot time.

Where they read books, sing, and do crafts.

I also like the camping idea as well...

Good luck

Holly - posted on 06/06/2009

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DO you guys go or involved with a church ?we belong to FILNT BAPTIST TEMPLE and we are always doing things with the church ,some times we go and have lunch at a resteront and its fun you meet relly great people ,and its fun you get to meet others from other churchs and we had a carnivel with bounce houses and hot dogs chips ect and you invite people ...also with ur family u could have if you cold go any were were would you go and why ?or for ur kids if u had special powers what would u do or who would you ect ?

depending how old ur kids are may be have them make dinner ,have back words day in morning have speggti for breakfast ,and dinner have pan cakes and sausage ?

Hope - posted on 06/06/2009

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Those are all great ideas everyone thanks and yes it did help. Thank you for your great ideas

Andra - posted on 06/03/2009

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Take a camping trip in your backyard if you don't have woods nearby. Take turns making animal sounds that you can find outdoors, and for older kids make up imaginary animals.........Tell stories.......family movie night.......scavenger hunts inside and out...........picnics, hiking, fishing..........for younger kids, get on your hands and knees and be a bucking bronco and make them an airplane (hours of fun if your legs can handle it).........when the kids are asleep, take a bath together in candlelight, dance in livingroom.............figure out what would make you happy and find a way to o it. If it is worthwhile, you will find a way, and I have found that the things that are free in life are by far the most treasured and make the best memories.

Anne - posted on 06/03/2009

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Family reading nights where you read a book the whole family can enjoy. Build a tent outside, rope, some trees and old sheets or blankets. See what's going on at yr local church, library or parks and rec. A bike ride as a family. A family Wii,ps3 or whatever night playing as teams etc.
Try putting the kids to bed and then stargazing in the backyard. Find another couple and swap babysitting,

Sharyn - posted on 06/02/2009

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Go to the park and have a picnic made with sandwiches etc by you ... no cost.
build fortresses in your living room.
watch dvd's ...
play boardgames (we do all the time, just hubby and me)

Siobhan - posted on 06/02/2009

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my husband and i have also had the same problem over the last few months. Our son is 3 1/2yrs and just gets bored so easily. We had to start thinking of new things to do with him, and same as you, wanted things that cost little or no money. We have now discovered a lot of walking tracks and national parks around our area. The cost nothing to get into, it is just whatever your fuel money is to get there. They are a great day out and you can spend as long or as little time as you like there. It is great especially for the kids, as more often than not you come across little animals, and birds that they may not have seen before. My son also loves the trees, some of them are just enourmous. I dont know if that helps you but, it sure made a difference to us. once a week now we head out to a walking track as long as the weather is nice.

Something else that we have all started to do as a family is digging. Naturally the young bloke loves to play around in the dirt, and my hubby and i have really found that we have a common interest in garden design.

Usually for date nights, we try to have someone look after our son, and then stay in with a bottle or 2 of wine(inexpensive) and i spend a little more time on making a special dinner. WE watch a movie or go to ee some friends, but it is a good, relaxing night, that is also easy on the pocket.

i dont know if any of this helps you, but we have been in the same position lately, and are still trying to come up with new things to do together to stay occupied, but on very little finances..

good luck. And if you find anything new let me know!! =]

Colleen - posted on 06/02/2009

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I'm not sure where you live but you can go to a Native American Powwow traditional FeeNone donations appreciated but I repeat not necessary 1 in Gilroy,ca this weekend

they are for families thats what us indians are about kids dance in ceremonial dress and dance also. They are all over you can go on gathering of nations for more locations if you dont want to give address.

Anissa - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hi Hope,

We like to do outdoors activities. Fishing, hiking, looking at wildlife. You pay for the gas to go any place, so might as well go to the mountain for the day! The kids love it and they really open up out there! They love to go camping...I figure you have to eat any way so it doesn't cost anymore and everything tastes better when cooked in the mountains. We also have a fire pit in the backyard, they cook hotdogs and s'mores, and it's like camping for a nite without leaving town.

Our town has free movie nights in one of the parks, for families and couples. You just take a blanket and a few snacks.

If you like sports, it's always fun to go watch kids play baseball or football. Even if you don't know anyone on the team! It's outside and free! Also tons of excitment.

We have a park in our backyard, we hit golfballs down there when no one is around, and the kids love it! Competition between them and they feel they a accomplishing something. If that makes sense.

Putt-Putt golf is fairly cheap and good for any age. It takes a long time to go thru so you get your monies worth.

During the summer you can get dollar movie tickets in most towns and they do it one day a week.

Hope this helps some. Good luck and have an awesome summer!

Nicole - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hi hope I have three small children and limited funds. Some things we do together as a family are
-go to the park and feed the ducks with leftover bread (they love doing this)
-we play board games suitable for children (Candyland, Chutes and Ladders)
-we play hide the clothespin (you can hide another object instead like a stuffed animal)
-certain books stores like Book Loft have free reading and craft days where you can take your daughter, they read the kids a book and you do a craft together afterwards
-cook with your daughter! make mini pizzas together or bake cookies together one night
-build a fort using chairs and sheets (my girls love this for some reason)
-have a 'movie night', rent or watch a movie you already own as a family, make muddy buddies as the movie night snack
-make a fire outside if you have a fire pit and roast some marshmallows to make smores
-kids love crafts.. make puppets out of your husbands old socks, make shakers out of rocks or beads and empty water bottles, paint and play dough are messy but fun

My husband and I after the girls go to bed like to
-play card games, dominos, or board games together while having a glass of wine or beer
-watch a movie you own or rent one and order a pizza

If we have a babysitter, we usually
-go to a pool hall and play some pool (doesn't cost much)
-eat dinner before we go out, and get some dessert at a diner or cafe, or a drink at a bar
-go bowling (doesn't cost a lot)
-grab a cup of coffee and go window shopping

Hope this helps :)

Heather - posted on 05/29/2009

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Ok with the kids I suggest (depending on ages) ck your cites website a lot of times they have free art fairs or free zoo days or free museum days also there is usually list of things to do

As a couple well if you cant get a sitter after the kids go to bed get all dressed up light some candles play some music have a beverage of your choice if the weather is good doing this out side will feel more like a private date its a great way to get connected my husband and I will also have private dinners after the kids are in bed (we feed them earlier) if you can get a sitter once again the local website might have some great ideas or events that are free or cheap you could attend

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