outdoor-activities

Don’t you just wish you can get a day off with the family? Maybe go for a movie, visit another country, or go have a beach adventure? Family moments are important and we want to experience them as often as we could. However, there are three things that are likely to prevent us from doing so. Starting with: Time. Everyone is strained by how short a day is. You may think that 24 hours is plenty but when you actually start spending it, you realize that it is much shorter than you think!

Free Outdoor Activities For Families

outdoor-activities

Don’t you just wish you can get a day off with the family? Maybe go for a movie, visit another country, or go have a beach adventure? Family moments are important and we want to experience them as often as we could. However, there are three things that are likely to prevent us from doing so. Starting with:

Time

Everyone is strained by how short a day is. You may think that 24 hours is plenty but when you actually start spending it, you realize that it is much shorter than you think! Parents spend approximately 8 to 10 hours tending to work. Children spend a similar amount of time attending school and doing schoolwork. Then, add the time you need to socialize with friends, schoolmates, colleagues, relatives, and whatnot. Also count into the equation the time you spend on dental appointments, hospital visits, hair salon treatments, grocery dates, and other special activities. What are you left with? Just enough time to sleep and eat. It’s crazy, really. It’s crazy how in this busy life, we often forget to give time to things that are most important.

Check out the alarming truth here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363193/No-time-family-You-Parents-children-spend-hour-day-modern-demands.html

Priorities

One other thing that’s conflicting with family time is each of the members’ perceived priorities. You may say “But isn’t family always the number one priority?” Well, ideally, it should be. Sad to say, that isn’t always the case. People are often so busy doing their own thing that they neglect things that truly matter. Teenagers are so preoccupied with maintaining social relationships in school and attending house parties that they forget (or sometimes even refuse) to participate in family activities. Workaholic parents sometimes prioritize career standing and promotions above everything that they forget the fact that young ones are waiting for them to have dinner at home. What we choose to give time to shows us exactly what our hearts prioritize.

Money

Taking the family out will, without doubt, cost you. It will cost you time, effort, and yes – it can cost you money. A nice overseas trip cannot be done with a measly budget. Going to a family restaurant to enjoy a nice dinner is definitely going to cost you a couple hundreds. Going to the mall, watching a movie, playing at a golf course, and most other activities will definitely cost you money. But note that I said “most” and not all. Access family budgeting tips here: https://www.parents.com/parenting/money/family-finances/cut-costs-save-money/

If you look hard enough and plan well enough, you can create family excursions that cost little to nothing! So why not round up the family and strengthen your bonds? Here are five fun yet cost-effective activities you can do over the holidays:

Park Picnics Are Always Nice

Public parks are free of charge – no entrance, ground, or any other types of fees. Most of them also allow blanket picnics on wide open spaces. So instead of eating at a fancy family restaurant or going on an expensive Safari trip, why not take your family out on a nice afternoon picnic? All you need is a blanket and a basket of delicious goodies and your family already gets to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon!

The best thing about picnics is that you get chance to spend a more intimate time with your family. All of you sitting around one blanket, chatting, laughing, and having a scrumptious meal together may as well be one of the best bonding times you can get. It is rare to see families spending quality time together nowadays. You go on pricey vacations all the time but think about it: Do you even actually talk? Picnics, on the other hand, have fewer distractions. You just sit, play, and talk it out the entire afternoon. I can’t imagine anything more special than that.  

Camping Trips Are A Whole Lot Of Fun Too!

If your family lusts for a little adventure, then going farther off the bustling city may be a more suitable activity for you guys. Why not try camping?

There are many safe and beautiful forest reserves that you can go to at little to no cost. You just need to shed a little more gas money to get there. Pitch up a tent, light a bonfire, and sing crazy country songs on an old guitar at night! I’m pretty sure the kids would enjoy roasting marshmallows and hotdogs on the fire too. Camping is a classic family activity that never gets old. If this outdoor activity excites you, then better ready your sleeping bags and mosquito repellent creams because you’re going on a date with Mother Nature!

Note: Don’t pack up all your kitchen equipment though. The less you have at camp, the more interesting it becomes!   

How About A Day At The Beach?

Imagine a day with the sand on your feet, the sun on your face, and the salty breeze caressing your skin. It’s a little taste of heaven, isn’t it? Now, imagine enjoying all of that with the rest of the family.

Woohoo! Sounds like a terrific idea!

Beach holidays are nothing new but they always give the family a fun time. Mom can enjoy a day sunbathing, dad gets to play volleyball with the kiddos, and the kids get to splash around the beach and eat some shaved ice. The beach is a place where there is always something to do for everyone. And luckily, many beaches in the US are free to visit! Why not Google one today? 

Who’s Up For A Night With The Stars?

When the moon is out and the sky is clear, you should already know what to do. Take the family out for a drive uphill and spend a night stargazing! Don’t forget your telescopes!

If you’re fond of stars, constellations, and galaxies, it’s high time you share that passion with the rest of the family. Your kids will enjoy it for sure. Bring telescopes, blankets, and some snacks. It would be nice if you can drive them on a pick-up truck so you can cozily set-up your equipment on the back. Prepare some hot chocolate (here’s a really good recipe!) in case it gets chilly and make sure it’s smothered with lots and lots of whipped cream! They say nothing is for free these days but simply look up and you’ll see that the whole sky – no, the whole universe is free for you to enjoy!

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