I don’t know about you, but it can be quite difficult to come up with simple family fun ideas, especially ideas that are inexpensive (or even free).
My mind always goes to ideas like a trip to the movies, or to bowling, or dinner at a restaurant. They’re all fun ideas but can end up costing a lot of money. You can’t do these all the time, so you end up skipping family time.
So what can you do? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a list of inexpensive and simple family fun ideas that could be done any time? I think so.
Luckily, I’ve got just the list for you.
Here are some ideas for the month of May. The weather is warmer and daylight lasts longer so you can spend time together outside. These ideas are perfect for springtime and May, but many can be done at anytime of the year.
So, print out your list, hang it up, and plan some family fun time.
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May Family Adventures
Grab a bird book and go on a bird-watching hike. Choose a park or a nice hiking trail. Watch, observe, and listen. If you don’t already have a bird guide, you can borrow one from your local library for your hike. You can find some more family bird-watching tips at this post, Family Bird Watching Club.
Have a dinner consisting of each person’s favorite food. Don’t worry if they don’t exactly make up your ideal meal. That’s part of the fun! Pizza, peas, and ice cream sound perfect.
Lie on your backs and find pictures in the clouds. What do you see? Can you make up stories about the pictures you find?
Tape a large piece of paper to the wall and create a family mural. You can cut off a large piece from a roll of paper to make a large enough mural the whole family can work on together.
Have a balloon party! Play “keep it in the air”, where everyone works together to keep the balloon from falling on the ground, or play a game of living room volleyball. You can also rub the balloons in your hair to try and get them to stick to the wall or ceiling. Warning: this activity can cause a lot of laughter!
Have a picnic at the park and spend the evening playing together on the playground.
Bake cookies as a family and bring care packages to your neighbors. Make a family favorite recipe or try something new like these Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies at Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
Go on a walk at twilight. Look and listen. Do you hear different sounds at this time of day than you do in the middle of the day? Pay attention to the sky and watch the change from daytime to nighttime.
Get out a camera and take silly pictures or each other. You never know, you may find a new masterpiece that need to be printed and framed.
Crank up the music and have a living room dance party! It’s a great way to get moving, blow off steam, and have a lot of fun together.
Print out your family fun ideas and have some fun.
You can get all these ideas in a printable list here. Print it out, stick it to the front of your fridge with magnets, and use it for family fun ideas all month long.
Get your printable May Family Adventures here.
Schedule your family fun time.
In order to make sure that we fit in some family time each month, I’ve found that it can help to schedule a couple of activities for the month. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but if you plan on going on a bird-watching hike on Saturday, scribble it on the calendar and let the whole family know. They’ll look forward to it and so will you, which makes it less likely that you will skip it.
Which of these ideas are you going to add to your calendar this month?
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