Summer is fast approaching and with it comes a season filled with vacations, outdoor activities and get-togethers with friends and family. Many people look forward to the warm summer months, but for cash-strapped families a tight budget can easily put a damper on warm weather fun. Summer activities with your family don't have to be expensive to be fun and memorable. Here is a look at ten things your family can do together for just $100.
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An enjoyable yet affordable option for the warm summer months is to fire up the grill and have a barbecue. If you already own a grill, a barbecue can be very inexpensive. Invite family and friends over, and delight in the warm weather and good food from the comfort of your own backyard.
Trip to the Movies
Another affordable option for summer is to take the family to see a film at your local movie theater. This can be a great escape from the summer heat, and even if you bought drinks and snacks for everyone, you'll still be well within your $100 entertainment budget.
Visit a Local Museum
If you live in an area that has a variety of museums, take advantage. Whether the museum's focus is art, history, science or another topic, it can be a great educational experience for your family. Additionally, museum admission is likely to fit well within your budget.
Picnic at the Park
If fun in the sun is what you are looking for, treat your family to a picnic at a local park. Just grab a blanket, pack some sandwiches and drinks, and you're set. A picnic is a low cost way to enjoy the warmth of summer without spending a lot of money.
Another great option for family fun in the summer is to load everyone into the car and take a day trip. Is there a place you've always wanted to visit in your area, but never got around to it? If so, a day trip is in order. Day trips are low cost, you'll only need to worry about gasoline and refreshments and it can be a great way to escape the everyday doldrums of summer.
Family Game Night
Hosting a family game night is an inexpensive way to bond with family and have some fun. Break out the old board games, serve up some snacks and let the night unfold. You can easily host a family game night on less than $25 for a smaller crowd.
Who doesn't love a day at the beach? If you are fortunate enough to live within driving distance of a beach, take advantage. Let your family soak up some rays and enjoy the surf. Many beaches are free so you'll just need to worry about gasoline and refreshments.
Trip to the Zoo
An affordable option that is sure to delight animal lovers both young and old is a trip to the zoo. Pack a lunch for your family and see what there is to discover at your local zoo. The ticket price for a family of five will likely fit well within your $100 entertainment budget.
Another excellent, low-cost option is to partake in some outdoor sports during the summer months. Whether it is baseball, basketball, soccer or the like, a friendly match between relatives can be a lot of fun, and won't adversely affect your wallet.
Miniature golf is a cheap yet enjoyable outdoor activity that many families enjoy. Putt your way through 18 holes with your relatives. A little healthy competition, as well as a low-cost activity, could be just what your family needs to kick-start your summer.
The Bottom Line
Finding family friendly yet affordable activities this summer is easy if you know where to look. Don't limit your family to a boring summer in the house. Find things to do that are within your means, and even the most cash-strapped family can have a blast this summer.