5 Free / Low Cost Family Fun Ideas

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, the nation’s leading car donation/distribution charity, routinely works with low-income families. We see first hand the financial struggles so many people are facing. Many times these financial struggles can prevent families from taking time to have fun together. Having a fixed or limited income can lead people to think they just do not have room for fun in their budgets.

Spending time with family and having fun together is important for the health of a family. It can also be a great stress reliever, and does not require a lot of cash to make it happen. We would like to encourage everyone to spend time with your families. Time spent with family helps to lighten the load of stressful situations you may be facing.

Here is a list of 5 free / low cost family fun ideas:


Visit your local public library. The library can be a lot of fun for families. You can do many things such as: checking out books, videos, and other materials, reading magazines and the newspaper, or using the public computers. Most libraries also have story telling time, book clubs, and other activities. Be sure to check the library schedule to see what they offer and when.


What kid doesn’t like being outside, running around, and getting dirty? Gather the family and go for a hike or a nature walk. Whether you just go in the woods near your home, walk through your own neighborhood, or go to an actual trail, getting outside and taking a nature walk will be fun for all. If you’re interested in an actual trail just visit www.trails.com enter your zip code and locate one closest to you.


Dust off those DVD’s, make a run to a video rental store, dig through Netflix, or just see what’s on television and have everyone choose a movie. Sit together on the couch or lay on the floor with some popcorn and enjoy the movie together.


Children today have been raised in a technological age. There is no time better than now to drag out the board games and show them that not all fun games are played on a screen. Have some old fashioned fun with classics like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Life.


As the saying goes: charity begins at home. You can teach your family the importance of helping others in need by planning a “do good for others day”. You can find volunteer opportunities for your family by visiting sites like http://www.volunteermatch.org. You can also have a clean out for charity day; have everyone in your family work together to go through your belongings and clean out what they no longer want or use. Then make a trip to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army to donate it. If you would like to do something good for others by making a monetary or vehicle donation, 1-800-Charity Cars accepts all kinds of vehicles, running or not, and we provide free towing across the entire United States. You will also receive a tax deduction for your donation, and if we are able to provide your vehicle donation to a needy family, you will receive the full “fair market value” tax deduction. If you have an old junk car or a used vehicle that you want to dispose of, give us a call today at 1-800-242-7489.

Whatever you choose to do with your family, remember it does not have to cost a lot of money to have fun. What is most important is that you are spending time together and creating happy memories. Life is short so seize the moments you have. Don’t let your finances limit you when it comes to time with your family. There’s plenty of fun to be had and you do not have to break the bank to have it!