The weather is starting to warm up. It’s beautiful outside. Our kids are clamoring for an adventure so mom is scrambling to find something, anything, we can do which will equal fun without breaking the bank. Together, we’ve created a list of ten fun and frugal activities we plan to enjoy this spring.
I suppose before we talk about fun and frugal ways to enjoy the spring season, we should define exactly what we mean by frugal. Budgets being different in each household, we might have varying ideas on just how frugal, frugal is. For the purpose of our discussion today, frugal is as close to free as possible. The maximum being $20 for the entire family to enjoy this activity together. Can we do it, especially with six people in our home? Oh, yes; yes, we can!
10 Fun & Frugal Spring Activities
- Make Ice Cream – This is a fun, easy, inexpensive activity for us to enjoy. No ice cream maker needed. Just a few ingredients, a bowl or two, and a freezer. If we need a recipe? Pinterest has all the ideas we could ever want.
- Go Camping – Not the leave home, pack an entire truck full of supplies, kind of camping. Let’s camp in the backyard! All we need are sleeping bags, flashlights, and maybe a book or two to keep us company all night. The best part? Close morning showers and private restrooms.
- Take a Nature Hike – Most local hiking trails are free! With a sturdy pair of shoes, several bottles of water, and trail mix to keep us going, this should be fun. If we can find a trail with a stream; even better.
- Have a Picnic – This is not merely eating out-of-doors. Our plans are to pack a pretty basket full of lovely things (fresh fruits, croissants or rolls, tea sandwiches, cucumber, and more), visit a local grassy field, and enjoy a leisurely picnic. If we happen to bring along our current read or a guitar to pass the time, so much the lovelier.
- Host a Movie Night – Prices at the local theatre can be out of this world. Instead, we will host a movie night in our living room. Let us not forget the sugary snacks, cola, and buttered popcorn. For added memories, we’ve even gone so far as to print ‘tickets’ for our film.
- Go Fly a Kite – For that matter, we’ll build a kite! This project is not only educational, but tons of fun. This is the perfect season to explore this adventure.
- Build a Bird House – Inexpensive kits can be purchased at a local hardware store, but it’s more fun to build our own. Painted in bright, fun colors, these are great additions to our backyard.
- Blow Bubbles – The science behind bubble making is fascinating. Let’s see how big we can make our bubbles, and if we can get bubbles to land on our hands without breaking.
- Chalk Art – Before the pavement becomes so hot you can cook an egg on it, we’ll explore this creative medium. We’ve seen so many lovely examples of possibilities. This should be fun!
- Farm Visits – Where we live, local farms love having families come visit. For a nominal fee, we can even pick our own fruit.
Having fun doesn’t mean we need to spend tons of cash. It only takes a little creativity and a sense of adventure. What’s important is not how much money we spend, but how much time we are investing in our children.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
~ Matthew 6:19-21
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