Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cheap Entertainment for the Whole Family

Cheap Entertainment for the Whole Family
Disclosure: I am not the author of this post, but I have been compensated for posting this article. 

Everyone looks at entertainment differently, so personal interests generally dictate what constitutes a good time.  For some, concerts and theater events represent fun nights out, while others prefer leisure activities like walking and hiking. Fine-dining and exotic travel are preferred by some pleasure seekers, as well as cultural attractions like museums and historical landmarks. The point is:  Entertainment falls across a wide range of options, which each appeal to a unique audience.

Unfortunately, some entertainment choices are expensive, especially when bringing the entire family on board for leisure activities.  Within each recreational category, however, budget conscious consumers carve out savings without sacrificing good times.  The following examples highlight just a few of the cheap entertainment options for couple and families seeking recreational fun.

Walking for Fun and Fitness
When in doubt, take a walk for fun and fitness.  Regardless of where you live there are worthy sights to see, found within walking distance of your home.  In tourist areas, for example, guided walking tours may be available, so if you are a city-dweller looking for more information about your local, an organized tour might be just what you've been seeking.  Even when such tours are unavailable, however, self-guided walks through historical neighborhoods or commercial districts furnish cost-free recreational opportunities close to home.

Parks and Natural Recreation
Parks are great destinations for families with limited budgets.  In many cases, they are equipped with baseball diamonds and hiking trails, which furnish recreational opportunities and exercise simultaneously.  Families with small children appreciate the playgrounds commonly found in city parks, including slides and climbing structures for kids to play on.  Most green spaces are also well-suited for games of catch or even impromptu games of family football.

In addition to general green spaces, many residents have access to specialized parks highlighting local features.  Monuments and other historical structures, for example, furnish the cornerstones of many local destination parks, which can often be explored free of charge.  Botanical parks maintained in some regions focus on flowers and vegetation, which change seasonally, furnishing various themed displays and presentations tied to changing seasons.  Some municipalities even maintain petting zoos for children, allowing them to learn about animals without spending a penny.  Even full-fledged zoos are a bargain for pleasure seekers, especially during promotions like "family night".

Museums and Art Culture
Educational entertainment is rewarding for family members of all ages, though it can be challenging to generate art interest among the youngest members.  Some private art collections and museums charge entry fees, but discount and free admission are frequently extended to children and seniors.  On the other hand, art galleries and shops that sell art remain free in most cases, so taking-in interest artwork needn't cost a thing.
Architecture is another interesting focal point for families stimulating cultural exposure with limited resources.  Prime buildings, bridges and local landmark furnish attention-grabbing sights for moms and dads, which can also be appealing to older children in the family.

Cheap meals are fun for Families
Dining out is a leisure activity embraced by most families.  In addition to the bonding such outings facilitate, they also cover nutritional needs and keep mom and dad out of the kitchen.  Unfortunately, however, feeding many hungry mouths quickly becomes costly, unless budget-consciousness is maintained.

Family specials furnish savings opportunities, extending kid-priced menus and other savings options.  And since most restaurants offer frequent diner discounts, families with favorite restaurants end-up saving on meals as they accumulate frequent diner rewards.  To stay on top of dining deals, always sign-up for email notifications from establishments you like, and visit restaurant web pages frequently to utilize printable Internet-only dining coupons.


  1. We thirfting and for us that is family entertainment.
    Also community and local events are so much fun!
    we just went to the fair. such a great time!

  2. I need to walk or hike more often both for exercise AND family fun!