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4 Great Tips For Finding Cheap Family Entertainment

4-great-tipsYour household may be on a very tight budget, or it may consist of several family members. Whatever the case, finding inexpensive or even free family entertainment may be quite a struggle. Following are some intriguing tips on how to enjoy your time with and have fun with your family for just pennies on the dollar:

There’s No Place Like Home

Sometimes the very best method of saving money is to just stay at home. This doesn’t mean that everyone will have to sit around and stare at their four walls for hours at a time. There are many innovative and family-friendly activities that can be held within your residence. For example, you can designate one night a week as movie night. Have family members take turns selecting a film, add popcorn and drinks, and enjoy a night of family bonding. A game night could also be held, where different individuals select a particular game, snacks and drinks are provided, and the family competes against each other during Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Gin Rummy, Poker, or any other type of interesting board or card game. Simple prizes or special privileges can be used as awards for the final winners. If you have younger children, an arts and crafts night may be especially appealing to them. These are great to do around the holidays, so they can even make inexpensive family gifts for all of their siblings and their parents. Pitch a tent in the backyard and roast marshmallows over the grill for even more adventure.

Free or Discounted Activities

Check with local museums, zoos, and theme parks as to discounted or even free days or nights at their facilities. They will often have these available early in the week or during off-season when the venue is not very busy. Your children will really enjoy themselves and learn new and exciting facts. For example, the Witte Museum in San Antonio has free admission for patrons every Tuesday afternoon from 3 p.m. to close.

Local Parks

Check for the availability of city, state and county parks in your area. Admission is usually very minimal, and there are many activities and options to choose from. These can include hiking, fishing, camping, swimming, biking, playing at the playgrounds, jogging, tennis, baseball, grilling, and more. Your family will be able to enjoy hours of fun and activity for a very small amount of money. Be sure to include a family picnic as part of the excursion.


It is sad but true that many families will go on vacation to see new and exciting landmarks and other places of interest but will fail to make the time to see what is available in their own city or area. Make the effort to research what is available in your town. You will save on gas, airfare, and accommodations if you just remain in your own area. For example, Sioux Falls is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and also has a wonderful zoo. If you live in this up-and-coming city, it would be fun and unique for your family to have a picnic in the park where the falls are and then visit the zoo.

As you can see, there is so much your family can engage in without spending huge sums of money. The camaraderie, the bonding, and the quality time spent together will be well worth the effort of finding and arranging for these engaging activities and outings. Using services such as those offered by ACN Inc can help keep everyone in the loop and updated on all of these events so no one will be left out. When all is said and done, your children will not remember the amount of money spent but will lovingly recall the precious time they spent with those they care about.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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