Here are the top five affordable family-time ideas to go
wild with during the school holidays.
With the summer season upon us and daylight savings in full swing,
why not go on a little adventure by camping out as a family in your
backyard. As long as you have a tent, you can pop that up out the back
and with either sleeping bags or blankets you have ready-made beds. Why
not go the whole nine yards and make it an authentic camping experience
with a barbecue meal and a picnic outside and, if possible, start a
little campfire. With a bag of marshmallows and kebab skewers you and
your family can have smores for dessert. Backyard camping is a fun and
safe activity that all ages can participate in and it can easily be an
activity that the whole family can enjoy.
Board games night
Wanting a peaceful night inside? Looking to stir a bit of healthy
competition between family members? Why not pull out a couple of your
favourite family board games and go wild and host a board games evening.
Inform the children that today will be a family day and that no TV or
electronics are to be used and that you are all going to sit and play
board games. Pull out and play family classics like Monopoly, The Game
of Life and, if you’re children are older (e.g. 13+), Cranium is a fun
and interactive game to get everybody’s minds working.
Charades and Pictionary
Everybody loves charades and, depending on the size of your family,
you can split into teams or have everyone participating at the same
time. Have one person doing the charade and they can pick a movie, song
title or book to act out and then the rest of the family can take turns
trying to guess. The family member who guesses correctly then has a
turn. A similar game to charades is Pictionary, where participants have
to draw something and the family has to guess what it is.
Go for a walk
A fun and free no-stress activity is to go for a walk around the
local park or zoo and check out all the animals. If you have little
children, take a bag of bread and feed the ducks at the local park and
if you are headed to the zoo — for a reasonable price more often than
not — you can purchase food at the reception to feed to the zoo animals
which children love to do.
A treasure hunt is a fun and affordable activity that can be done
around the house. Compile a list of clues and send your children on a
treasure hunt around the house and the final destination can be a pile
of chocolate coins or a treat. If they are a lot older, then you can
draw a map.