Spending Time Together at the Holidays on a Budget

As parent to young children, I understand that holidays are very important. It is a time to build lifelong memories for your children and start family traditions that they will enjoy and get excited for in the months leading up to it. When I was growing up my family spent a lot of quality time together during the holidays, but we couldn’t afford to travel much. Today there are plenty of activities you and your family can do together that won’t be a huge hit to your wallet, but they will be with the kids!

Local Wonders

No matter where you live, there are spots in your town or city that may be thought of as tourist attractions and end up overlooked some by the locals. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is one of those places. Every few months they change up exhibits and have special themes. Around the holidays there are Christmas displays and a whole Jolly Days Winter Wonderland section is available. Children will enjoy playing and meeting Santa Clause there in addition to the other exhibits the museum features. It can easily become a full-day event where the kids have fun and learn all at once.

Team Up and Take Down

Going through adversity brings a family closer together. That’s why I take my kids and their cousins to play laser tag. It is a great time for all of us (yes, even I play). We get broken up into teams and we set up strategies to attack our opponents. It’s pretty funny to take orders from my son in the heat of battle, but everybody gets into it and we all have fun. There are many different places to play laser tag, but most places offer group discount. The more family and friends you can round up to play, the cheaper the price.

One Day Away

Day trips are always great around the holidays too. A lot of people will take day trips over the summer, traveling for a family outing at the beach. The same can be done during the holiday season (though maybe not to a beach, depending on where you live). Chicago is the best big city within driving distance for us, and the kids love all the display windows stores set up around the holidays. There are a lot of family activity options there for us, from restaurants to eat at and shows to see. You can shape a day trip to fit any budget. Being in a new environment and taking in new sights, sounds and smells is enough to make for a fun day.

The holidays are a great time for families to get together and bond. Use this holiday season to do something new with your family and build some lasting memories.


This guest post is by Nan Gibbons. Nan is a stay-at-home mom of three looking to help families save money and enjoy each other’s company. She blogs regularly at EatBreatheBlog.com.

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