It’s Saturday and I was reminded that Valentines is just around the corner. Last week we shared several creative Valentines ideas. This afternoon I was laying in bed with my 2 kids (hubby was watching tv) and we began to horseplay and wrestle in my bedroom. In the midst of the giggles and laughter, our silliness was a clear reminder that we are happiest when we are together. Valentine’s Day can add stress, reduction of household income and excite (or disappoint) when all we want is each other: Our loved ones.
Today we share 24 things to do this year that won’t cost you a ton of money but can keep Valentine’s Day in your heart all year long. If you’re looking for amazing things to do this year that won’t cost you a ton of money, check out the following list to get inspired. Make it a point to accomplish 2 a month and add your own creative activities that can make 2014 a year of Family Love. Lots of fun and relaxation could be waiting for you!
1.) Watch the Sunset and the Sunrise
When was the last time you actually took the time to watch the sun go down or come up? Do it today and marvel at the suns amazing beauty.
2.) Go the Park and Have a Picnic Lunch
Gather your loved ones and hit the park for a day of fun and good food outdoors. And leave your phones at home!
3.) Play Games
Card games, board games, even running games like “Tag” are all great ways to have some carefree, youthful fun with friends and family.
4.) Have a Scavenger Hunt
Come up with a list of items to find and get to it! Involve a group or go alone, but either way have fun exploring and reveling in the challenge. If you can’t think of your own list, find one online.
5.) Throw a Party
Invite your friends over and enjoy a potluck style party. You can catch up, eat great food, and enjoy being together without spending a ton of money.
6.) Go Camping
Reconnect with nature and get back to the basics with a fun weekend camping trip.
7.) Get a Frozen Yogurt or Some Ice Cream
Get back to your high school days and take your sweety on a date to the ice cream parlor or our for frozen yogurt.
8.) Cook a Fancy Dinner
Challenge your inner cook by cooking a five-course meal for your friends or family at home.
9.) Attend a Neighborhood Block Party Connect with your neighbors, eat some great grilled food, and enjoy time with the family at a neighborhood block party.
!0. Go to the Museum, Art Gallery or Zoo
Did you know your town has one or all of these? If not, find out where it is and go! You can learn quite a bit just by visiting these venues.
11.) Tour Your Town
Grab a camera and get to running around town seeing those things you’ve never seen before. Connect with your local community and enjoy learning more about the place in which you live. You may surprised at how much you can find to do.
12.) Visit a Farm
Go pick strawberries, black berries, or other fruit and have a day out in the fields.
Volunteering can be fun and rewarding- and it’s free!
14.) Go Fishing
When was the last time you went fishing? Cast a line and relax!
15.) Bake a Pie or Some Cookies
Baking is fun and delicious, so treat yourself at home. Make enough to bring to neighbors if you are feeling especially giving.
16.) Watch Some Classic Movies
Enjoy some of those old movies you loved as a kid, or go back even further and invite mom and dad or even the grandparents over to enjoy the shows with you.
17.) Go Thrift Shopping
This may change your view on lots of things, so go shopping at local thrift stores and enjoy the treasures you find.
18.) Go to a Play
When was the last time you enjoyed some live entertainment? Local groups host plays all the time, and many are funded through ticket sales, so help out your community and enjoy the show at the same time.
19.) Take a Free Online Class
Many colleges offer free online courses. You can expand your horizons and learn something new in the process. An education is never wasted!
20.) Go Hiking or Biking
Get outside and enjoy the fresh air!
21.) Sign Up For An Exercise Class
Getting yourself in better shape is always a good idea, and joining an exercise class with a friend can be loads of fun and a great way to spend time on yourself.
22.) Paint a Picture
You can paint- and some places will even teach you how! Paint something for your home so that you can enjoy your artwork for years to come.
23.) Go On a Road Trip
Pick a place, gather your friends, and hit the road for a mini-vacation college-style!
24.) Dance In the Rain
Just do it.
Make 2014 a year of Family Love! Do you have any additional inexpensive activities other families might enjoy?