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Five Cheap Family Fun Activities You Can Organize On A Shoestring Budget

Five Cheap Family Fun Activities You Can Organize On A Shoestring Budget

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Gone are the days when families can readily afford taking in a movie at the theatre every weekend, or even patronizing the local pizzeria. Most of us have scratched such activities from the family budget, just in order to make ends meet. However, this doesn’t mean that family outings are out of the question. We just need to find activities that are affordable.

Getting the whole family involved in a get together keeps family ties close and affords opportunities for communication that we may no longer have at the dinner table, due to schedules that don’t match up at the same time. Here are five ideas for cheap family fun that every member of the family will enjoy, despite budgetary constraints.

1.When was the last time your family went on a picnic? No matter where you live, there are plenty of public parks where you can have a picnic in beautiful surroundings. Pack up your lunch and a couple of blankets or beach chairs and get out in the fresh air. You’ll be eating lunch anyway, so this is indeed cheap family fun. Bring toys for younger kids to play with, a ball for older kids to play a game of catch and you’re in business. Board games provide more fun, so everyone has a good time.

2.Nature walks are virtually free, but for the gas it takes to get there. Now that gas prices are reasonable, this activity is cheap family fun at its finest. If you have a set of binoculars, bring them to spy out birds and forest critters. Go to the library and check out a field guide for your area. Kids and adults alike enjoy being able to identify plants, rocks, seashells or tide pool residents.

3.If you live in a metropolitan area, you’ve got a kid’s museum somewhere close by. Typically, there’s no admission fee. At worst, the entrance fee is nominal. Combine a picnic with the remainder of the afternoon spent checking out the kid’s museum. More cheap family fun on the hoof.

4.Biking is another great idea for a cheap family outing. If the kids all have their own bikes, but you and Dad don’t, you can rent bikes cheaply from your local bike shop. Almost every town in America has biking trails, some of which are quite picturesque. You discover new scenery and get some exercise as well.

5.Many community parks have swimming pools, volleyball courts, playgrounds, skateboarding areas and other kid friendly activities. Again, there’s no charge for making use of these city and county parks and there’s something for everyone to do. It gives the kids opportunities to make new friends, while parents can supervise while having a little quiet time to chat.

Cheap family fun ideas are everywhere. Once you put a little thought into finding these activities, you’ll see that you have tons of free, or next to free activities to fill months of weekends.

Half Moon Bay California

Half Moon Bay California

While I am no travel advisor or expert on tourist attractions and what have you, I can speak to the beauty and wonder of Half Moon Bay, California, having just lived in the area for fourteen months, and having friends who live, work, and shop there. Between nature and industry, then, the combination, the symbiosis of two styles fitting and working together so beautiful is only bested by the dual joys of an ideal location. In other words, Half Moon Bay, California is a coastal town with residences and businesses both on the shoreline and inland and with farming, produce, supplies, and services both “natural” and technologically and industrially advanced.

The coast of Half Moon Bay, California is a surfers’ Valhalla: just a couple of weeks back, for instance, the Mavericks surf competition saw hundreds of fans and viewers taking the day off and hanging on the beaches to witness Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa take first, and Tyler Smith and Brock Little take second and third, respectively, on waves surprisingly sufficient considering the weather—which was nearing hot—and the area—which is relatively calm in ocean action.

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The weather in general in Half Moon Bay, California is some of the most appealing in the nation, temperate for the most part, save the few months of rain and wind storms that take out a power line here and there. But the farmers on their ranches and the growers, of pumpkins, brussel sprouts, and other staple veggies, have back-up generators and three other “seasons” without snow or sleet or ice to threaten crops or livelihoods. Small businesses thrive, from art shops to flower bodegas like Aloha, a shop specializing in orchids—live orchids, glass orchids, and orchid portraits; and large, recognized companies serve the population by way of Safeway, Albertson’s, Longs, and banks and gas stations that are accessible but not overbearing in number of prices.

Some of the finest cuisine can be found on the shoreline and a few blocks inland—from fresh seafood to Italian to Asian, and visitors and locals alike can walk down to the pier, to the signed up fishermen on their boats, and buy live crab and/or lobster, which can be brought back to the house and cooked up in lieu of sitting in at the restaurants…which are ambient and amiable and lovely (and reasonable in price, as well).

Numerous hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast sites offer comforts from cozy to chic, and such places as the Farallon Inn (on highway 1 in Moss Beach, five miles north of Half Moon Bay) even come with a small but superbly satisfying fare of Indian food and pizza, which the Faralon’s owners cook in and run. The place is so good that locals and tourists alike sign the walls with sharpies, thanking the owners and gushing over the food, which is absolutely perfect—authentic to the Indian owners and surprisingly top notch as “Italian” fare, too.

The weather is perfect, really. The beaches are many and easy to get to. And the people are direct, friendly, and helpful. There is, of course, a public library, a sanitation department, and fairly easy-going but still by-the-book fire and police departments, as well as a chamber of commerce. With these and with the online tour information sites, you will be happy you decide to travel to, pass through, stay for a visit in, or live in Half Moon Bay, California.