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Cheap Family Date Ideas: What would you add to this list?

Posted by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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With back to school shopping, our budget is pretty tight this month. I'm looking for family date night ideas that won't hurt our bank account (much). Can you help?

by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

picnic inside in the living room watching a movie

by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Star watching

by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Ice skating

Go ice skating.

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Learn a language

Learn a language together.

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Name that tune

Play Name That Tune.

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Make a cookbook

Make a family cookbook. Have every family member choose several of their favorite recipes and type it up. Make copies to pass out as gifts at Christmas.

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Teach your dog a trick

Teach your dog some tricks. Learn how to teach simple tricks and have the entire family work with the dog on a new trick each week.

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Make posters

Make collage posters. Set out a batch of old magazines to cut up, and print out some favorite family photos that can be used to create a decorative collage. Give every family member their own posterboard and let them each create a collage poster.

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Make a centerpiece

Collect seasonal items outside, like leaves, branches, flowers, rocks or pine cones. Bring them inside to create a table centerpiece in a bowl or jar.

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Paint a mug

Paint your own mug. Buy inexpensive glass mugs and acrylic paint, and have each family member decorate a mug for their own use.

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Read under a blanket

Read under a blanket tent. Set up a huge blanket tent in the living room and have the entire family sit under it while one family member reads a favorite book out loud.

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Cook together. Cook a meal that everyone agrees on and let the whole family help in preparing it.

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Make a movie

Make a family movie. Write up a script together, put together some costumes and film it.

by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Write a story

Write a story together. Decide on characters and theme, and then let each family member come up with a one-page chapter for the book. Put it together and read aloud to find out what adventures the characters encounter.

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Make your own bubble solution out of dish soap and water. Add glycerin if you have it for firmer bubbles. Go outside, blow bubbles, and chase and pop them.

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Color together. Bring out the pile of coloring books and bucket of crayons and have everyone sit at the dining room table and color. This is a good way to let the conversation flow while everyone is creating.

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Take a class

Take a class together like cooking, drawing, ceramics, ballroom dancing or music lessons.

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Visit a piece of history

Visit a local historical site. Learn about it together, take pictures and add it to your family album or newsletter.

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Play casual sports

Play a casual game of baseball, football or basketball.

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by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Build a birdhouse

Build a birdhouse together.

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Work on a family genealogy chart together. Talk about distant relatives and family history.

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Dance DVD

Rent a dance DVD and learn a new dance together.

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Formal dinner

Have a formal family dinner. Set the table with your best tableware, have everyone dress up and use your best manners. Give everyone a fancy name and title -- like prince or princess -- and behave as one would. This is a fun way to teach table manners.

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Go biking.

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Nature walk

Go on a nature walk at a local park or outdoor trail – point out different types of trees and plants.

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Show and tell

Play show and tell. Have each family member choose an item that is important to them and tell all about it.

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Game stations

Set up game stations. Mom and dad can each have a different game station, and each child takes turns playing a quick game like Tic-Tac-Toe or Hangman with each parent separately. After 10 minutes, everyone switches. Older siblings can have a station, too, if there are several kids in the house so everyone is playing something all the time.

by on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Family game show

Have a game show night.Set up a stage and give each family member a part as the host, contestant, etc. Use trivia games, word games or whatever you enjoy playing as part of the game show. Play for points or fake money.

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Make a board game

Create your own family board game.Draw up a board on a piece of cardboard, make up rules and find interesting things around the house to use for game pieces.

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Take the family bowling.

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Mini golf

Play miniature golf.

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Put a puzzle together

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Roller skating

Go roller skating.

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Card game

Play card games.

by Bronze Member on Aug. 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM

I know that our roller rink offers a discount on Wednesday nights, its half off prices.  It's fun for everyone.

by on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

anything free....sometimes they have free movies at the library (like showings), i know our local mall/outdoor area does that in the summer. we just went to almost all the free concerts at the park too.

by Bronze Member on Aug. 14, 2014 at 1:24 AM
Such fun ideas here!
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