Frugal Family Fun – 10 Ideas for a Family Fun Night

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The average cost for a family of four to go to the movies and enjoy popcorn is $80.

If you want to take your family to a sporting event, plan on shelling out at least $200.

A concert…forget it!

Give your wallet a break this weekend, and enjoy frugal family fun!

10 Ideas for a Family Fun Night

  1. Pizza Taste Test and a Movie – Buy an assortment of frozen pizzas and have a taste test for dinner while you enjoy a movie. The added bonus is that after a few weeks of taste testing pizzas, you'll know which frozen pizza is your favorite! Think of all the possibilities beyond pizza taste tests!
  2. Sundaes on Saturday – Start a tradition of serving ice cream sundaes on Saturday. Don't forget all the fun and festive toppings!
  3. Minute to Win It – Host your own Minute to Win It event. The silly challenges use everyday household items, and the possibilities are endless! Check out some Minute to Win It challenges that are easy enough to do at home.
  4. High School Football Games or High School Musicals – If you're not taking advantage of the cheap entertainment at your local high school, this is a great week to start! You'll be pleasantly surprised by the reasonable ticket prices for both sporting events and theatrical productions. We've seen amazing high school productions of Godspell, Grease and High School Musical.
  5. Family Videos – Pull out the old family videos for some FREE entertainment! My teenagers always get a laugh out of watching themselves as crazy toddlers!
  6. Cooking School – Stop watching Food Network and start cooking! Your kids will love learning to cook and eating their creations. Add to the fun by letting them choose the recipes.
  7. Take a Hike – Pack a picnic and take a hike on a nearby nature trail. When our children were little, they loved going to Skidaway Island State Park and walking on the trail with bridges, marsh, fiddler crabs and even a tall tower where we enjoyed our picnic! Go exploring and save money.
  8. Backyard Campout – Pitch a tent, tell ghost stories, play flashlight tag, catch fireflies and cook s'mores on your grill.
  9. Game Night – Put a twist on family game night by making it a regular event. The winner gets to choose next week's game and dinner menu.
  10. Bike Ride – Doesn't a family bike ride sound like fun? You could even stop for ice cream along the way!

There you have it, 10 ideas for frugal family fun! What will your family be doing this weekend?


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Kimberly@Five Little Chefs
12 years ago

We do so many of these and LOVE it! Friday movie nights with popcorn is a hit! I love the idea of Sundaes on Saturday! Anything to get my kids to play at home and bring friends over so we know who they are is a win win in my book!

Pamela R
12 years ago

what a super list!!!
Our family always did the high school musicals—mostly because we had family in them, but also because our wallet$ cannot handle much more!!!

12 years ago

The back yard camp out seems like sooooo much fun – especially now that the weather is getting warmer!
Great ideas

Pamela / Pamela's Heavenly Treats
12 years ago

Oh I am loving these frugal things that we can do as a family, thanks so much for sharing.

12 years ago

I’m always looking for fun (FREE) things to do with the family. This weekend we went to a local newly-discovered beach and watched the sunset. Saturday we went to a local Minor A team ballgame for $12 (for all of us!), and Sunday we cooked out and had relay races in the backyard πŸ™‚

Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms
12 years ago

There are great and fun activities for the family πŸ™‚ Right up my alley, I love low-cost activities πŸ˜€

Kay M.
12 years ago

Thank you! These are wonderful ideas! We go hiking often, as we live only about 15 minutes from a National Park. The boys think it is one of our best family activities!

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