- Personal Finance»
- Family Budget
5 Inexpensive Family Day Out Activities
An outing with your family doesn't have to break the bank
With 3 kiddos we are always on the lookout for family day out activities we can do that don't cost a small fortune to do! In a world full of video games and indoor play centers we also love trying to make those days out, truly out, as in outdoors!
The key for days out that don't break your budget, is think of a need that you have, a neccessity and turn it into fun! Here they are our top 5 family day out budget friendly ideas!
#1 Fruit and Veggie picking at the farm
In need of some fruit and veggies! Instead of heading to the store, head for a local farm! A simple google search will yield you a surprising number of u pick fruit and vege farms! Even in busy South East Florida, we have a good half dozen within 30 minutes away!
It's strawberry and pepper and tomato season, head on out and have a relaxing day with the fam and try to spend what you would at the grocery store and you'll be right on budget but had way more fun doing it!
If you are on vacation, this idea can be used too! Simply google u pick farms in the city where you are visiting and you will experience a totally different and inexpensive way to explore a city. Think early fall in North Carolina, great for apple picking or Florida oranges in late Winter.
#2 Picnic dinner on the beach or park
One of our favorite things to do is go to a local park or beach! But the packed crowds and hot hot sun are not always our thing. Head out to the beach as most are coming home and you will be met with a very relaxed vibe and cooler temps. Bring along your sand toys, a soccer ball and a cooler or basket full of simple Al fresco style food... think fresh mozzarella, tomatoes in balsamic, rolled turkey and ham, fresh fruit and a fun sweet treat and you will have the most lovely evening. Teaching them to enjoy nature, fresh simple foods and a little about romantic evenings will mean so much in the future, more than any video game center or fancy restaurant will do:)
#3 Invest in seasonal passes
If you are heading out to the zoo, or museum or garden, take a look at the yearly passes! Most times they are not much more or no extra charge above full price admission and you can come back the entire year for free. Make sure to eat before you go and pack a snack or buy one there if the budget allows. We turn each trip to our seasonal pass spot into a different theme to keep it fresh. One day we may bring sketching goods to draw what we see, the next the kids may make a movie using the place as a backdrop for a movie, the next trip we explore it going the opposite way we usually do, anything to keep it fresh! Keep your eyes out for free membership events during the year, especially during the holidays!
Daily Admission vs. a Yearly Pass at Zoo Miami
Daily individual rate
Individual Yearly Pass
Family Yearly Pass
kids 3-12 15.95
$75 1 child 1adult
adults 13+ 19.95
$159 (family plus senior)
#4 Free or low cost community events
Grab some snacks and head out under the night sky! Your local city or parks and recreation will surprise you with great family oriented nights that bring people out to enjoy fun movies and great local music. Check the events calendar section of your county or city website and add anything that interests you to your calendar! In our city of Coral Springs Florida, and in our county there are weekly events that are free and well organized! From movies in the park, to music under the stars , winter festivals, fall festivals and all days in between. Even small towns have alot to celebrate! There will be plenty of food vendors, but if you pack a cooler or bag full of your family favorites, your kiddos will be excited to get seated and start snacking from their own bags! Buying just a snack out is way more affordable than trying to feed a starving bunch with food truck food! When you can you do, but when you can't you make do, and make it fun!
#5 Explore the local farmers market
Another way to do what you were already going to do on Saturday morning, but way more fun!
The farmers market is a great way to introduce your kids to some really exotic fruit, get them to love the idea of cooking with fresh fruits and veges, and also support your local farmers.
Only spend what you were planning on spending in the fruit and vege section at the supermarket!
Many farmers markets have free entertainment like live music, bounce houses and crafts!