This week on The Intentional Family Podcast, we discussed family friendly activities to do on a budget. After mentioning the resources found on our website with ideas such as this free date night idea blog post, or our various Pinterest boards – we challenged our listeners to make use of the budget and time they are already spending by turning it into intentional family time. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Library Time

Libraries are free resources in most cities. On your next library visit, try making it more interesting with one of these simple ideas:

  1. Make a scavenger hunt of subjects, authors or other ideas to find. (like this simple one great for toddlers).
  2. Get-to-know your family by taking turns choosing book titles that describe yourself or family members.
  3. Share your favorite childhood books with your family members and explain why you love them.

Dinner Time

Family dinner is already on the menu. Switch it up by making it more intentional with one of these simple ideas:

  1. Make a cooking competition. Split the family into two teams and work together with the ingredients you already have on hand to see what you can create.
  2. Put on a mock how-to cooking show.
  3. Invite extended family or neighbors over for a social dinner night.
  4. Check out this free family dinner conversation option.
Service

Park Time

Getting outdoors together is always a good idea. Take it to the next level with one of these simple ideas:

  1. Do a photo scavenger hunt by splitting into teams and taking photos with different objects such as playground equipment or types of bugs.
  2. Take your typical meal on the go by making a picnic for some outdoor family time.
  3. Play an equipment-free sport such as freeze tag or red-rover.

What ideas do you have? Share them in the comments below!

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