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5th Annual YMCA’s Best Of: Inexpensive Family Fun

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Various studies have shown the importance of families spending time together. Children feel valued, fond memories are created and lifestyle choices are improved.

Most people think great family memories involve visits to amusement parks or trips to a tropical resort. Not so. Children want their parents to spend time with them on a daily basis, not just one week out of the year during the family vacation. It’s the daily experiences that really count.

Focus on the positive aspects of your family. Reassure your children of your love and their worth. There are hundreds of things you can do that don't cost much (if anything).

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Things to do at home Places to go


Activities You Can Do At Home

Activity Website Link
Make a wax boat housingaforest.com Click to Visit Site
Create a flip flop poster makeandtakes.com
Start a garden parentmap.com Click to Visit Site
Make cheeseburger cookie sliders momontimeout.com Click to Visit Site
Learn a new drawing game for kids: Pick An Object, Pick A Scene makeandtakes.com Click to Visit Site
Make some homemade lemon blueberry soda (no Soda Stream required!) modernparentsmessykids.com Click to Visit Site
Discover 10 ways to get into books makeandtakes.com Click to Visit Site
Get out and play with these 36 game ideas spoonful.com Click to Visit Site
Make a healthy summer snack superhealthykids.com Click to Visit Site
Have fun making a backyard water blob pbs.org Click to Visit Site
Learn how to make the best homemade playdough ever modernparentsmessykids.com Click to Visit Site
Discover the creative possiblities of rock crafts marthastewart.com Click to Visit Site
Create your own Road Trip Activities for before a trip

housingaforest.com

itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com

Click to Visit Site

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Leave room and time for unstructured play seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org Click to Visit Site

Places to Go

Activity Website Link(s)
Go hiking (this is a great resource for hiking with kids) wta.org Click to Visit Site
Visit the Nisqually Bird Refuge fws.gov Click to Visit Site
Ride the light rail soundtransit.org Click to Visit Site
Discover a new park seattleandsound.com
Find a festival or fair seattleandsound.com
Go lighthouse hunting

redtri.com

seattleandsound.com

Visit a farm in the heart of Bellevue redtri.com
Discover super cheap or free museum days redtri.com
Fly a kite

kitefestival.com

pbs.org

my-best-kite.com

Go fishing parentmap.com
Go camping on-the-cheap thriftynorthwestmom.com
Go skating for free kidsskatefree.com
Catch the Mariners on-the-cheap thriftynorthwestmom.com
Ride tractors on a farm foxhollowfamilyfarm.com