After the main holiday events have passed and the budgets are tallied, many families still face long weekends and holiday breaks, often with extended family in tow, that require some low cost activity planning. What are some budget friendly holiday activities suitable for the whole family?
Seek out community parties and events. Check the local calendar in your city or a nearby town for special community parties or events. Such community gatherings are often to free to local residents and guests-and frequently offer food, drinks, games and family friendly activities.
Visit holiday light displays. Many festive holiday light displays are open to the public through early January to allow families an opportunity to visit once the initial holiday hustle and bustle subsides. Frequently light displays charge donations or a per car load admission charge making them a low cost, family friendly holiday activity.
Venture out for outdoor activities in state or local parks. Forget the ski lodge or the local ice rink! Lots of city and state parks, or nature areas offer a host of free or low cost outdoor recreational activities during the holidays. Some even rent special equipment for seasonal sports and activities.
Experience an off-season tourist attraction. Think outside the usual, winter holiday attractions-and check out some of the places that are off-season such as a zoo or even an indoor water park. Many have special holiday discount packages or winter rates for the budget conscious family.
Look to local conventions and public events. Pick up a calendar of the events or conventions planned near you. Perhaps there’s a specialty home show with family friendly activities that the entire family would enjoy.
Take advantage of holiday activity specials. Sometimes local indoor tourist attractions open for special exhibits, host lock-ins or family sleepovers as a break from the busy holiday season-often at discounted family rates.
Volunteer as a family. Volunteering will cost the family only time-and provides a meaningful activity to round out the holiday season.
Take a break for arts and crafts. Creating a variety of arts and crafts with items on hand is a great way to take some time out during the holidays to share skills, develop new hobbies and create memories.
Hold themed family gatherings. If staying home suits your family, plan some themed activities such as a family board game night or a movie night with a range of activities for all.
Show off family talents. Hosting a family talent show is a fun way to share year long interests with out of town family and friends. With the internet-it’s even possible to share your talent show with extended family not in attendance.