10 Fun Ideas For You and Your Family
Simple Ideas that are free/cheap
When you think of something you want to do, place a small piece of paper in the jar.
1. Have a Date/Trip/Adventure Jar
Once a week/month/whatever, pull a piece of paper out and make it happen.
Write them emails now and then. Especially around holidays. Send them pictures.
2. Create an Email Address For Your Children
Give them the email address when they turn 18.
Everyone gets 2-5 bucks. Go find some fun/interesting things. My favorite to get is coffee cups.
3. Go to a Thrift Store/Dollar Store
The gift giving loop never ends. It's even worse if you have a big family or a large network of close friends.
4. Stop Giving Gifts on Birthdays/Holidays
Instead - make your loved one's dinner/breakfast. Or create something for them. Or throw them a party with good friends.
You can still buy them gifts, you just don't have the pressure of doing it on a certain day.
Playing video games with my daughter has been one of the best things I've ever done. We find a game or series we both like and we play together. Gives us something to always talk about. We get excited about the next release.
5. Watch a Show/Play a Video Game Together
Could also read a book series together.
Paintings are expensive. One thing I've found is you can go to thrift shops and buy cheap art there.
6. Create Art Together
Find some canvas art, paint over it with white, and create your own at home. Lot of fun with family.
I am surprised at some of the art my family has create. Not me, of course.
You could draw together too. Or create simple sculptures.
Start a sport. Or learn an instrument. Learn to pain. Learn a new language together. Learning together with people is a great way to spend time together.
7. Take a Class/Course Together
If you have an outdoor space, work together on your yard.
8. Yard Work / Plants
If you don't, get some plants and take care of them together. Or get a pet goldfish and take care of it together.
Volunteer your time together. This is one I haven't done a good job of.
Everyone is in charge of a certain dish.
10. Cook a Meal Together
This is also a great way to host a party. People cook on site, or everyone brings their own dish.