In the light of Family Fun month, we want to share ways in which parents can enjoy the back-to-school season in the most fun way possible. At the same time, we understand that a month like this can a get a bit pricey with all the fun and the school supply lists! So, check out these best practices for having fun on a budget:
1. DIY Workshops
Libraries, community centers, various business, and Groupon all offer discounted and/or free workshops for either you, the kids, or both. Learn how to cook a new meal or create something with household items. Spend that time having fun, then bring that knowledge home for hours of fun with the family.
2. Go Outside
With the influx in technology, we have all lost the desire to be outdoors. As kids, we were used to being outside, creating games and playing with friends. Now, you don’t even have to leave your house to grocery shop! Share some simple outdoor games with your children. From “Red Rover” to “Mother, May I?” you’ll have a blast remembering your childhood while passing it on to your kids.
3. Build a Fort
We all remember those sleepover days, where we would grab a basket of sheets and create an intricate fort to sleep in with friends. Watching a movie in a homemade fort was one of the best ways to spend a Friday night. Take a stab at architecture and build a castle with your children. Grab some snacks, make some s’mores, put on a good movie and enjoy the night!
4. Utilize your Community Calendar
From free concerts to festivals and events, your community is a host for so many budget-friendly events. Check Facebook for all the happenings in your area that are family friendly and guaranteed to be a lot of fun.
5. Be a Teacher
As adults, there’s so much knowledge we have the opportunity to pass on. Whether you’re a master at a craft or just a beginner, show your children something new. Teach them how to cook their favorite dish, or how to use your old camera, or even take them out into the city to teach them some historic trivia. The ideas are endless and you know more than you think you do!
After a month of fun and prepping for back-to-school, you’ll feel closer with your family and excited about the school year. Plus, you’ll have saved money with all your budgeting!