Enjoy More Family Fun While Spending Less

It has been said that if you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time with your family. Check out this list of free or cheap family activities in Upstate New York, and get creative!

Enjoy More Family Fun While Spending Less

  • Take the kids to a park to play. Make sure to get off your phone and play with them!
  • Visit a splash pad.
  • Make a craft together.
  • Visit local museums on free admission days.
  • Visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo during Snow Leopard Days for half-price admission.
  • Check out a movie from the library for Family Movie Night.
  • Go to a free summer concert.
  • Eat at home and go out for ice cream.
  • Try a new recipe and cook it together.
  • Attend community college sporting events. They’re fun and cost a lot less than watching a professional team.
  • Build a snowman.
  • Go sledding.
  • Swim in a lake.
  • Go for a hike.
  • Plan a picnic. If the weather isn’t good, eat on a blanket in the living room.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Learn a new skill from a YouTube video.
  • Build a blanket fort.
  • Finger paint.
  • Make paper airplanes.
  • Play a board game together.
  • Ask the kids to do some creative thinking: What can they come up with to do as a family?

There are limitless things you can do for fun with your family, and a lot of them will only cost time. The most important thing is to make fun family time a regular occurrence. Try designating one night each week for a family night, and see how your family relationships improve!


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