Free FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Have a potluck picnic with your children’s friends or other families in your neighbourhood. You could have it at home, or meet at a nearby park.
Instead of going to the movies or hiring a DVD, swap some of your DVDS with a friend.
Go on a bushwalk. Your local Visitor Information Centre will be able to tell you about walks in your area, or visit doc.govt.nz to find out about walks administered by the Department of Conservation.
Do some baking. Cakes, muffins, biscuits, loaves – it doesn’t really matter. Your children will love getting involved, and you won’t have to buy baking at the supermarket.
Take your children to the library and get them their very own library card.
Blow bubbles. If you don’t have a bubble wand already, you can make one by cutting out the inside of an ice cream container lid, and leaving just the frame. Dip the frame into a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, and then wave it gently from side to side to release the bubbles.
Challenge your neighbours or your children’s friends to a family cricket match at your local park.
Go fly a kite. If you don’t have one, create one out of newspaper and string. Experiment with different designs, and have a competition to see which one flies the best.
Create a family bingo card game, where each child has to do a range of activities to complete the card. They might be silly things like, ‘walk around the house backwards’, or more serious things like, ‘do something nice for someone else in the family’. The first person to complete their bingo card wins.
Make some fudge or other sweet treats and take them to a rest home or hospital. Your children will get a real buzz out of doing something nice for complete strangers.