Now that my daughter is getting old enough to actually enjoy doing different family activities, I have noticed how much fun things to do as a family can cost. 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.
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How to Find Cheap Family Fun
Daily Deal Sites
If I am looking for cheap family fun, I always check sites like Groupon and Living Social for any discounts they may have. This is a great way to easily save on fun family activities. 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.
To find some free fun for the family, 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 fun. Snag some great bargains on movies, video games, board games, and books. Then just have a family fun night at home.
Fun Family Activities on a Budget
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 Sea Life 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.
Your 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 save on fun family activities 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.
If you are wanting to do a mini getaway, check out your state’s tourism website. They probably have a bunch of free fun for the family. 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 free fun things to do: corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fairs, etc.