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Free or Low-Cost Activities for Families

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  1. Visit the zoo. Look for coupons and free visit information for the Knoxville zoo.
  2. Find out about your area’s community center and/or park activities.
  3. Wash the dog…or the car.
  4. Have a family slumber party.
  5. Build a fort. (Use large appliance boxes outside, or pillows and sheets inside.)
  6. Get out the the family photo album.
  7. Research your family history.
  8. Play stickball.
  9. Play hopscotch.
  10. Play games.
  11. Clean the house together. (Have a pick-up party.)
  12. Make up a play. Take it to a nursing home.
  13. Fly kites.
  14. Go on a family trip/historical excursion.
  15. Did it snow? Go sledding and make a snowman.
  16. Make a collage out of pictures from old magazines.
  17. Set up a lemonade stand on a warm day.
  18. Shoot hoops together. Play H.O.R.S.E.
  19. Draw pictures of members of your family.
  20. Make a family calendar.
  21. Tell stories around a campfire. (Or at the barbecue?)
  22. Organize a game of capture the flag.
  23. Make miniature boats and float them in some water.
  24. Write letters to grandparents or a deployed member of the US military .
  25. Play freeze-tag.
  26. Tell scary stories (With lights out.)
  27. Play broom ball.
  28. Go for a hike.
  29. Go for a bike ride together.
  30. Go get ice cream from an interesting location and walk around the area.
  31. Learn to play the guitar together.
  32. Listen to music, lights off, lying on the floor, and take turns saying what it sounds like.
  33. Attend community concerts or listen to a local band.
  34. Organize or participate in a community clean-up.
  35. Visit the library.
  36. Go ice skating or roller skating/blading.
  37. Paint a picture, a mural, or a room.
  38. Learn how to use a compass.
  39. Organize 72 hour kits for emergency preparedness.
  40. Plant a tree or some flowers.
  41. Learn the metric system.
  42. Learn some sign language.
  43. Learn Morse code.
  44. Go swimming.
  45. Go bird watching.
  46. Walk the dog…or just the family.
  47. Visit the countryside.
  48. Take a walking self-guided tour of Knoxille or another city…really look at everything.
  49. Pick berries/fruit together.
  50. Bake cookies or bread.
  51. Make homemade jam.
  52. Take treats to neighbors or friends.
  53. Plant a garden.
  54. Start a family journal.
  55. Go to a museum.
  56. Take a nature hike trail.
  57. Play cards.
  58. Start a family exercise group.
  59. Sing in the car.
  60. Visit a local bookstore.
  61. Make crafts together. Give them away.
  62. Make Christmas ornaments together.
  63. Write a story together.
  64. Put a sleeping bag or blankets out in the back yard and watch the night sky through binoculars.
  65. Go fishing.
  66. Play touch football.
  67. Have a culture night. Make a meal and learn about another culture.
  68. Take photographs.
  69. Invite friends over. Cook ethnic food, such as Chinese.
  70. Do yard work together.
  71. Play Frisbee or Ultimate Frisbee.
  72. Make your own family cards for the holidays or birthdays.
  73. Play chess, bridge, or checkers.
  74. Go camping.
  75. Play charades.
  76. Do a rain dance.
  77. Go around the table after dinner and have everyone say what they love best about each other.
  78. Go dancing, have a family dance, or take a dance class together.
  79. Climb a tree.
  80. Watch the sunset. Watch the sunrise. Figure out when the sun will rise and set in your location.
  81. Have a big party and celebrate a TV free week.
  82. Have a picnic. (If it’s raining, have a picnic in the family room on a blanket.)
  83. Invite a non-member family over for a barbecue.
  84. Learn how to fold the American Flag (or your country’s flag). Have a patriotic night. Have a flag ceremony.
  85. Visit an elderly person or someone shut in.
  86. Have a first-aid night. Invite other families to come. Call the fire department for a class.
  87. Learn what to do if you are lost in nature.
  88. Have a budgeting class. Save for a family trip.
  89. Learn how to build a fire and cook hot dogs.
  90. Have an etiquette night. Practice your skills over a formal dinner.
  91. Talk about drugs. Do role-playing.
  92. Learn/teach home repairs (all kids can benefit from this).
  93. Prepare a family group sheet/four generation pedigree chart. Interview an older family member.
  94. Start a family collection. (Coins, rocks, stories, dress-up, clothes, treasures.)
  95. Have a bubble blowing contest. (Bubbles or bubble gum.)
  96. Blow bubbles outside. Try different instruments.
  97. Have a baking contest.
  98. Adopt a grandma or grandpa from the nursing home.
  99. Have a family fireside.
  100. Watch an old movie (maybe a western) together.
  101. Make a family goal chart.
  102. Have a service car wash.
  103. Go miniature golfing.
  104. Make a grocery list, set a budget, divide items, go get pizza with the money you save.
  105. Make a family cook book.
  106. Have a family treasure hunt.
  107. Have a family dance. Everyone can bring partners.
  108. Solve a puzzle together (crossword, word search, or jigsaw).
  109. Turn on the water sprinkler and take turns running through it and squealing!
  110. Take your children to the local park, but instead of just watching them play, dive in and participate.

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