I hope I have gotten your attention with my headline! Our own take on FB ( not Facebook!). When my children were younger, my husband and I are always on the lookout for something to do but it has to be in these 3 categories which are FUN, FAB and FREE!!! Well, the Free part is essential, imagine if we pay every time we do something as a family? That’s expensive.
Here’s our top 3 FB’s that won’t cost you a penny!
Love love water. Even when we used to live back in Dunedin in New Zealand where the water is icy cold, we still take our kids to the beach and play. We are happy to drive from 15 minutes to even an hour! We just need some snacks, sunscreen and of course water. My children will spend hours on the sand, building sandcastles, dig sand, and jump on the waves.
Here in Sydney, we’re lucky to be living close to the beaches. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall we always go. We walk on the sand or have a picnic by the beach. Sometimes we will wake up early and jog on the sand and race each other.
We visit libraries once a week or whenever necessary during school holidays. Books are great for children, not just building their vocabulary but they can immerse themselves in so many ways whether they are feeling adventurous, learning factual information or reading new series. Libraries are our sanctuary everywhere we go. We enjoy visiting libraries in small towns as well.
When we moved to Dunedin in New Zealand, it’s tantamount to hike. Kiwis love being outdoors because New Zealand’s landscape is breathtaking. There are too many trails to choose from and you can’t ignore the fact that you have to experience it! We started hiking when my children were under 5s, and mind you we never used a buggy ( I can’t even remember if Kiwi parents used buggies). First few hikes were a bit challenging for us as our children were bored and asked too many questions such as
“where are we going?”
“how long is this walk?”
So we have to make it adventurous! Will tell them, we’re doing an adventure and there will be animals we can see along the way. I spy is such a good game as well to keep them occupied. Also, we watch out for flowers, plants, and animals along the way.
Bring food, water and of course their favorite treats. After the end of the trail, ask them what they remembered and what was memorable for them.
It’s been 9 years since we started bushwalks, now, my 14 year old daughter plans our bushwalks on weekends (mostly Sundays).
Create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. There are so many fun things we can do with our children that don’t need a lot of money but definitely needs our time.
What’s your FREE FUN and FAB activities you do as a family?