If you have kids, family entertainment can be a full time job! I'd like to offer some ideas for old fashioned frugal fun to help you through the tough times.
There are three main types of Frugal Entertainment.
Low Cost entertainment
Expensive entertainment that didn't cost you a lot because, of course, you...
1. planned ahead
2. Used as many coupons and rebates as possible!
Free Family Entertainment
I don't know about your kids, but mine are always looking for entertainment. It makes family entertainment on a budget so difficult. It seems they can never get enough!
Come on, admit it, you were the same way when you were a kid. Kids just wanna have fun! And you can give um what they want, without breaking the bank! Family entertainment doesn't have to be costly. If you have kids, most likely you have a box of crayons somewhere. I hate to admit it but I still love to color! Come on, give it a try no matter how old you are. I have found that it is contagious.
Even if your kids think they are "too old" for coloring, you will be surprised how quickly they join in when they see you enjoying it! Go ahead, it works every time.Visit theCrayola Activity Pagesfor some fun coloring activities to do at home.
This is another fun family entertainment activity that we tend to think we're "too old" for. But the older you get the more creative ideas you have and the more silly fun you can have.
So come on, get your creative juices flowing, get some ideas to get you started and check out the "Sales" link when you visit www.CrayolaStore.com!
Remember paper dolls, ladies? These can provide hours of low cost family entertainment. I had almost forgotten they existed until one Christmas I came across a paper doll kit in a craft store. Suddenly, I remembered the hours and hours of fun I had playing with these simple toys. And, they are so much easier to dress than Barbie. Sorry, Barbie.
There are literally thousands of craft ideas that can keep your family entertained for hours or days. Crafts come in all different levels of difficulty. So find one that suits everyone in the family and work on it together. Hmmmm, could this mean more conversation time! Take advantage of these fun times together. Providing family entertainment is a great way to get to know your kids better.
You can always choose a variety of different level crafts to suit everyone and work on different crafts all at once. Either way, you're accomplishing several things with "creative family entertainment."
Children learn through creating.
You'll be keeping that FUN meter up, keeping them from getting bored.
You'll be saving money on outings by finding creative ways to have fun at home.
You'll have more "Quality Time" to get to really know your kids!
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If you're into quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting........ well if you are, you know the possibilities here. It's not just for "old folks"! You can not only start a family entertainment project, you'll be creating lasting, useful, memories. Cool kid's products at joann.com!
Quilting is said to be good for the soul. It is a great stress reliever and everybody loves quilts. They make great personalized gifts and are special unique projects for your own home. Use them, display them, give them. Quilting is an activity that will can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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Designate a Family Movie Night
Pick a theme and set in for a long night of movies. Let kids invite a friend. Serve popcorn and let the show begin. Most of us already have a sufficient library of movies. Add to your collection throughout the year taking advantage of special offers, clearance, and closeout prices.
Join one of the movie rental clubs to save money on rentals. Enjoy hours of family entertainment on movie nights. Netflix!,, and DVD Avenue all offer great online programs that can save money on late fees and get you the most movies for your money.
Consider movie downloads. This is fast becoming a popular movie option. Do your research, here are movie download site reviews to help you make an informed decision.
Low Cost Activities
Now let's get out of the house for some "local family entertainment." There are so many local activities in most areas that are family friendly and free. We have several local publications that include listings of all the local events. Chances are you have similar publications in your area. Newspapers are a great source for entertainment information also.
Summer concerts are just about everywhere now and most are free. Check your local parks and recreations for plays, concerts, and free craft activities.
Of course, your local and state parks are usually free and can host great activities like a weekend family bar-b-que, playgrounds, walking/hiking paths, horseback riding, bicycle paths, and sports games.
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