Spending quality time together is essential for the health and wellness of family relationships. Spending quality family time helps children develop self esteem, compassion, and a sense of belonging. For parents, spending quality family time together strengthens partnership bonds and provides an opportunity to know their children on a deeper level. While spending quality time together is essential for families, it can take a backseat to financial responsibilities. Here are ten free or low-cost ways to spend time with your family that won’t create a need to work overtime.
1. Go to the library
Libraries are amazing resources for free entertainment. Besides being full of captivating books to read together, most libraries have calendars full of author appearances, puppet shows, concerts, and more.
2. Go to the park
Don’t overlook your local parks. A park is a free and fun place to play with your family. Many parents take their children to the park to play with other children, but parents can be their children’s park mates too. Be adventurous and get out and play, you may even rediscover your inner child
3. Go to a Dollar Theater
Dollar theaters feature older movies or movies that have just finished their run at regular theaters. Dollar theaters may cost only a dollar per person for admission, or they may charge up to three dollars per person on most days and one dollar per person on certain days of the week.
4. Go Out For Tea or Cocoa
Taking the whole family out for dinner can be spendy, but taking your family out for tea or cocoa can provide a relaxing opportunity to enjoy a treat with your family and talk about the day.
5. Have a Picnic
Prepare a basket of snacks and enjoy a meal in a beautiful outdoor place with your family. Enjoying a picnic together lets you bond while experiencing the benefit of beautiful surroundings.
6. Attend a Community Event
Community organizations and city offices often organize free public events. This offers wonderful opportunities to do something new with your family. These events can include fairs, lunch hour concerts, and cultural events.
7. Take a Walk or a Hike
Most cities have walking and hiking trails. Pack water and a snack and get out and hike with your family. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the benefit of exercise.
8. Take a Bike Ride
Round up your bikes and helmets and enjoy a bike ride around your neighborhood. If you’d like to venture a bit further, many walking or hiking trails also have bike lanes. Pack water and a snack and get peddling.
9. Make Dinner Together
Making dinner is an essential daily activity, but it can double as a fun and educational way to connect with your family. Plan a meal together and have a conversation while chopping and measuring ingredients.
10. Attend a Class Together
Places like community colleges, Universalist churches, community centers and spiritual centers often offer free and low cost family friendly classes. Your local community venues may offer, yoga classes, music classes, language classes, and craft classes.