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4 Items to Consider Investing in for Family Fun

When a little extra money comes to hand, the options of what to invest in can be wide-ranging. Why not put some money into family activities and entertainment? With these four items, families can get together for fun and exercise, enjoying the outside and getting healthier. These activities take families away from their various screens and bring them together in a variety of ways.

Swing Sets

A good swing set has a variety of elements for a thoroughly enjoyable fun time with the family. Swings, slides, climbing walls, trapeze bars, monkey bars, sandboxes, and so much more can all be part of swing sets. Some have swings that adults can ride on while facing their kids to keep adults involved in the family fun as well.


An exercise option that simply feels like playing, trampolines get kids and adults healthier while having fun. Safety options such as tall nets ensure minimal risk of injury as everyone bounces around in aerobic excitement. Even the family dog has been known to enjoy time on the springy surface.

Swimming Pools

Families have long enjoyed gathering together and splashing each other in swimming pools. With floating toys for even the youngest members of the family, floating nets and baskets that permit volleyball and basketball as well as other games to be played, and sinking toys for more experienced swimmers to race to retrieve, there is something for everyone to do while staying cool in the warm months and getting plenty of exercise. Pools are a great and healthy time for young and old alike.


Boats are another option for family fun. Anything from kayaks to fishing boats and rowboats to pontoon pleasure cruisers offers options for getting the family out on the water and enjoying fresh air and sunlight. If purchasing a larger boat, it is helpful to know a local marine maintenance parts supply store for those little maintenance tasks that spring up. This ensures less time spent on the phone before getting out again to the freedom and fun of water. Take a boat ride out to picnic somewhere and enjoy.

Take advantage of these family investments to get away from screens and into the outdoors and enjoyment of life together. These activities offer excitement and fun as well as getting into healthier shape. While they range across a broad spectrum of price and upkeep, each has a plethora of positive features when it comes to getting the family together and active.

Tim Esterdahl

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

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