I don’t about you, but my family is still feeling the financial squeeze. The news might be full of economic recovery, but just at the moment, we aren’t necessarily feeling financially flush. We still want to have fun together at the weekend, but the budget doesn’t stretch to a theme park or a meal out in a restaurant. So, what can we all do together which is free and fun.
Now, I don’t have children yet, but I hope that will change soon, and I still like doing stuff with my Godchildren and other children belonging to friends and family. So here is a selection of ideas which will cost minimum money and create maximum fun.
1. Organise a day at the races, without leaving home. 3 legged races, sack races, egg on a spoon race, wheel barrow race – anything like that. If you want to, and the weather is decent, then you can have a picnic in the back garden, play a bit of full garden tennis or croquet, make the day a teddy bear’s picnic and then perhaps end the day with a barbecue, or roasting marshmallows and making smores over a fire pit or chimnea. That sounds so much fun. I want to do this right now!
2. Scavenger hunts are not just for Easter. You could write up some clues and hide stuff around the garden and then whoever finds most items gets a prize. Or how about going for a walk around the neighbourhood with a list of things to look for? You can tick them off the list as you find them. Or you could go for a walk in the country and look for stuff to use for rainy crafty afternoons.
3. What about getting out into your local neighbourhood? Check out online if there are any community organisations which needs some extra hands.
4. If the weather is good, have a water fight in the back yard. Take the dog to the park and throw balls for them. Teach the dog a new trick (good behaviour only), visit a farm, build a back yard fort or a dog house, or maybe set up some wildlife hotels for the creepy crawlies which might inhabit your garden.
5. If the weather is rubbish, then time to sit down with a family jigsaw or the favourite board game. Maybe play on the Nintendo Wii and have a bowling or golfing tournament. You could also break out the packs of cards and play fish, or snap, or even poker (but only using matchsticks!).
6. Dig out your old favourite DVDs and have a movie afternoon. I personally LOVE Star Wars marathons, or perhaps watching lots and lots of Criminal Minds. I have series 1-8 on DVD and for some reason, watching the FBI catch serial killers is very relaxing!
7. You could rearrange a room or two if you have the will and the energy. Maybe swop some of the furniture in one room for that of another. Or perhaps swop the children’s rooms over if everyone is agreeable.
8. How about baking something? Or creating a romantic candlelit dinner, or doing up a piece of furniture that is desperate for some care and attention. Maybe have friends over for a meal, or even drive to a pick your own farm to collect a load of strawberries and then come home and make jam.
9. You could go on a bike ride, fly a kite, watch some birds from the conservatory, attend an auction (but be careful with waving your hands), go out with your digital camera and see what cool camera angles you can come up with for normal stuff.
10. Start a book club, have a craft day at home with the favourite craft, make homemade cards, start researching your family tree (but be careful; that can get expensive if you go to the wrong websites!), write a letter to someone, or even write silly doggerel verse poems to each other.
There. I can’t wait to try them all!