Start at home
* Establish a weekly game night and no need to buy new games, ask other parents if they have games that you can borrow.
* Subscribe to a home movie rental service. Let the kids add their favorite movie to the queue as a reward for an accomplishment.
* Strap on helmet and ride bikes as a family.
* Check out your local library and chamber of commerce for fun things to do in your own town. Dining in Style
* Dine outside at least once a week. It doesn’t matter if you have a patio or you do it picnic style.
*Let the kids in on the planning and the ambiance, such as creating handwritten menus or setting the table with brightly-colored place settings.
* Invite the kids into the kitchen and make it a learning experience. Kids can help you mix ingredients in large bowls and even open cans with this child-side can opener. Check GetBacktotheTable.com for family-friendly recipes. Get Out of Town
* Look for locations 3-4 hours away to save on airfare and make it a road trip.
* Try camping. Once a popular option, many young families are getting back into the adventurous spirit of camping.
* Use your own childhood for inspiration: is there a special place that you’d like to share with your own kids? Have your kids ever been to your old Alma Mater?”
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