Now that my daughter is getting old enough to actually enjoy doing different family activities, I have noticed how much it can cost to do fun things as a family. It can add up quick! I’ve found some ways to save on fun family activities that have really worked for us. I hope they can help you enjoy quality time with your family without spending a bundle.
Daily Deal Sites
If there is a fun activity that we want to do, I always check sites like Groupon and Living Social for any discounts they may have. This is a great way to easily save on family outings. I’ve seen things like zoo memberships, paint ball, concert tickets, bowling, corn mazes, trampoline parks, mini golf, etc. I actually check what is new every couple of weeks because they will occasionally have an extra 20-30% off the discounted prices so you can save even more!
Check out your local community events. A lot of places will have free movie nights, dances, and festivals. These are really fun to go to and most of them have free entry. Just do a quick Google search for your city’s activities calendar and you will get a lot of options. If you live in a small town, do a search for the largest city within driving distance for better results.
Yard Sales & Thrift Stores
You can always check out your local yard sales and thrift stores to find some really cheap family entertainment. Snag some great bargains on movies, video games, board games, and books. Then just have a family fun night at home.
If you live close to an aquarium, theme park, or zoo, it is worth looking into getting a season pass. Usually you only have to go 2-3 times to get your money’s worth out of it. It is great not having to pay to get in every time you want to go and it gives you a chance to get out of the house. I bought myself a season pass to our local aquarium, my daughter gets in free because she is under 3. We take advantage of it all the time. It is great to have a place to take her on a rainy day or when she is just needing to get out.
You local library has a lot more than books to offer. They usually have all kinds of classes and family activities. Just look up your local library’s calendar to see what they have going on. If you have a toddler, story hour is a great opportunity to get out of the house.
Crafts are a great way to spend some quality time together as a family and it allows your kids to get creative. You can get some craft kits at the craft stores, make sure to use a store coupon to save even more! I think that Kiwi Crate has some really cute kid crafts that get sent directly to your home. They have crafts for ages 3-16+ so there is something for everyone. When you sign up, you will get $10 off!
If you are wanting to do a mini getaway, check out your state’s tourism website. They probably have a bunch of free or cheap family activities listed. This is a great way to see what parks and museums might be free or when they will have special promotions that you can take advantage of.
These are just some of the ways to save on fun family activities that I personally use. I love this time of year when there are so many fun things to do: corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fairs, etc. I also have some other posts that you may want to read to save even more on you family activities: