Cheap Holiday Activities for the Kids

Odds are you are spending a lot of money this holiday season. There are presents to buy, decorations to purchase, donations to give and holiday travel costs to soak up all of your extra cash. These additional costs can really put a burden on your wallet, especially if you happen to live on a tight budget, like so many of us do. You probably want to have some holiday fun with your kids, but it seems like everything costs a lot of money. Here are some fun holiday activities that will allow you to share the holiday fun with your family, without costing you a ton of money.

Have a Decoration Creation Party

Sure, you can buy holiday decorations for your home, but the ones that are made by hand seem to be that much more special. Kids love to be creative. Try setting up a home holiday decoration party. You won’t have to spend much on the materials and the kids will love putting their creativity to work. Make the event even more festive by adding holiday music and treats to the equation. Cheap decoration materials can include glitter, paints, tube cleaners, colored paper and more. You can also incorporate natural materials for free. Think pinecones and evergreen boughs. You can also take older decorations that you already have and let the kids spruce them up.

Go On a Holiday Picnic

Holiday picnics can be a lot of fun. You can go somewhere special, like into the woods or under the town’s Christmas tree, or you can set up a picnic in your own backyard. The only things you will need are a festive blanket, a picnic basket and some interesting holiday-themed treats to put in it. Warm cider and hot chocolate can help make sure the kids stay warm on their adventure. You can even let the kids help create their picnic meal. Holiday picnics are a fun and enjoyable (and cheap) way to spend some time together.

Make Homemade Presents

Homemade holiday presents may not be worth a whole lot of money, but they are very sentimental. They can give kids a chance to create something out of love, and they can be made with cheap materials. Again, try to create the perfect holiday mood with treats and music. This will make the entire experience seem special. Homemade presents can include things like hand-painted picture frames, bath frizzes, homemade decorations, homemade bird feeders, painted paperweights, ashtrays and sculptures made of clay and just about anything else you can think of. Have the kids write their names and the date on the back of their presents, so that the recipient can always remember where and when they received their special gift.

Light Tours

Lots of people, businesses and communities go all out when it comes to decorating with holiday lights. There are plenty of places you can go to see wonderful light displays without having to pay for it. Try taking the kids on a holiday light show drive. Add in some holiday music and maybe bring a picnic cooler with some hot chocolate to enjoy and you have a cheap and fun holiday excursion.

Home Movie Night

While going to the movies can be rather expensive, renting a holiday DVD and having a movie showing at your home is not. You can invite all of your kid’s friends over for a special holiday movie showing. A few decorations and light holiday snacks will complete this process.

Holiday adventures with the kids don’t necessarily have to end up costing you a fortune. With a little ingenuity and creativity, you can enjoy a festive holiday with your family- without breaking the bank!.