Family Day is just around the corner, and it is the perfect chance to dedicate a day to some good ol’ fashioned fun. At this time of year, many families are on the hunt for ideas that won’t break the bank. Here are some budget-friendly activities that are sure to be a big hit with the whole family.
Dust off your skates and head to a local skating rink to re-live your youth with your little ones. February is the perfect time to head outdoors while the ice is still solid but the weather begins to warm. Many outdoor rinks have skate rentals available if you don’t happen to have a pair of your own at home. A rink near us also has a few outdoor fire pits to warm up at afterwards!
Begin the “ultimate” hunt for the perfect hot chocolate. Check out a local coffee shop that you’ve never been to before and see what they have to offer. You might be surprised at the unique flavours available such as salted caramel, hazelnut, spiced chai, and Moroccan spice. Rate each hot chocolate on a scale of one to five and declare a winner at the end!
Strap on your hiking boots and head out on a trail just out of town. It’ll feel good to get out of town for a change of scenery and the fresh air will feel good. Pack a picnic lunch to take along with you and enjoy beside a waterfall. The combination of crisp, fresh air and exercise will help everyone to feel revitalized.
This is one of my son’s favourite things to do in the winter. We round up some old hats, scarves, touques, and mitts. Each family member can personalize their very own snowman and accessorize to their liking. Just be sure to find some sticky snow. You might have to drive to a school or a local hill to get just the right amount. Invite a neighbour or someone close by to be the judge and declare a winner. The prize can be anything from bragging rights, to being the one to pick a place for hot chocolate afterward.
This is one thing I haven’t done in years and I would love to do with my family again. Most local sports shops or big box stores carry very affordable sleds and toboggans these days. No fancy equipment needed. A simple crazy-carpet was always my favourite.
Some cities now have designated sledding areas around the city so check your city website before you head out to ensure you’re abiding by the bylaws!
Create or search for a bingo list of things to find around the house, your city or your neighbourhood. There are many templates online that you can print and use to have some fun. The younger kids will be able to participate with a bingo chart filled with pictures of things to find. For older kids you can make it a bit more challenging with cryptic clues and a wider search area. Either way, it’s sure to be a blast!
You might think this may not be appropriate for the little ones, but many museums now have great exhibits for kids of all ages and some even have a special kids play area. If you’re lucky they might even be holding a special Family Day event at a reduced rate or free. This is a great place to broaden your horizons as a family and enjoy a relaxing morning together perusing all things beautiful on display.
What do you have planned this family day?
XO The Good Enuf Mommy
Tiffany Austin is a mom, a wife, writer, and educator living in Canada. Tired of never feeling “good enough” as a new mom, she began a blog to encourage other moms to feel confident and empowered in their own decisions. Her blog, The Good Enuf Mommy, includes everything from helpful parenting advice to product recommendations aimed at making the lives of moms just a little bit easier.