I don’t know about your homeschool family, but sometimes I feel like even though we spend a ton of time together, we don’t actually spend “time” together. If you know what I mean…. Most of the activities I do with the kids are school related, the weekends are filled with grass to mow, errands to run, and commitments we have to keep up. Family fun days happen, but not as much as we would like.
For this reason, we decided that one Saturday each month we were going to have a family fun day. This day is set aside as time to spend together, just us. So far it has been a great addition to our family calendar. I encourage you to try it out as well. If you need ideas as to what to do, check out these seven fun and frugal family activities!
- Hiking: Grab a backpack, some water, and go hiking! You can find trails that are good for all whether, you are a beginner or a pro. Check your local state park if you are unsure where to begin looking. .
- Bird Watching: Grab a bird book from your local library and see how many backyard birds you can find! Bonus points if you can learn the birds by their calls!
- Zoos: Zoo admission tends to be lower and very family friendly. Most zoos offer petting areas, train ride, picnic shelters so you can pack a lunch and much more!
- Board Game Tournament: Choose your families favorite board games, and have a tournament for the day. See who can be crowned king of the games!
- Volunteer: Families who serve together, grow together. If your family has a favorite organization that you have wanted to support, family fun days are a great opportunity to take the time and volunteer as a family.
- Bowling: If you have little ones, be sure to ask for the bumper lanes! Bowling is a great way to spend time together as a family.
- Geocaching: Similar to a scavenger hunt, this activity is quickly becoming very popular for families. It is free, and only requires a GPS enabled device like a smart phone. To find out more about geocaching go to the official Geocaching website,
Homeschool parents, I encourage you to take the time to spend together as a family. Yes, we see our kids all the time, but for many of us, that time is structured and we tend to forget to take off our “teacher” caps. Relaxing family fun is important for our families, and time together is time well spent!
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.