Seven Fun and Frugal Family Activities

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!

  1. 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. .
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Awesome Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE field trips!   Our homeschool group has taken a variety of different field trips through the years. However, there are some that have been on the top of the list consistently each year. These homeschool field trip ideas are universal, meaning that regardless of where you live you should be able to utilize them in some way.

  1. State Parks:  We visit our local state park every year at least once. You should have a naturalist in your local state park. Ours is trained to work with kids and does a fantastic job. She has taken our kids on hikes, taught them how to make rock paint, completed crafts with them , and educated them on recycling and much more. We have also given back to our state park by participating in the yearly park clean up.
  2. Pizza Places
    Our group has visited two different Pizza places for field trips. They typically let the kids make their own pizzas, or at least put the topping on, tour the restaurant, and of course eat!3. Local Fire Department
    Fire safety month is October, your local fire department should be more than willing to teach your homeschool kids about fire safety!  There are tons of opportunities for learning. We explored fire trucks, sprayed the hose, and toured the ambulance and fire station. Our fire department also gave our kids free coloring books and fire hats.
  3. Museums
    Does your area have a museum? Many areas do. We have two, the nearest one is a typical museum with art, and lot’s of “older” stuff. Another one within an hour from us offers a play area, many hands on activities, and workshops for school kids. We do this trip about every year. The kids love it!
  4. Local Farms
    Depending on where you live you may have a local farm willing to give your group a tour. We have been to two. One was a pumpkin patch where the kids took a tractor ride, and picked out pumpkins. The other is a local apple orchard. We were able to see how the apples are picked, washed, and bagged for distribution. We also were able to go through a hay maze and corn maze at these farms. Check with your local farms and see if they offer tours for education groups.

I encourage you to check out your local area and find  homeschool field trip ideas. There are probably many places where you can take your kiddos. The area we live in is fairly small, but I just began picking up the phone and calling local businesses. I was surprised to find out how accommodating businesses are for homeschoolers. You may be too :) .

Author: Misty Bailey

Misty is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling for over 4 years. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.