Do you wish that you could enjoy more good old-fashioned fun with your family? Perhaps you feel that your kids spend too much time on their tablet or smartphone, or maybe you wish that you could get your family all together on a more regular basis? 

Then worry not, by making a few small changes you can plan fun and low-cost activities that your entire clan will enjoy, without having to make too much of an effort planning and preparing. So, if you are looking for fun activities to try out with your family, then these below ideas should help you to get inspired.

First and foremost, if you are looking to spend more time with your family, then you will need to make a few changes around the house. Consider rationing just how much time your kids are allowed to use their technology and remove temptations when their time is up. You could also plan in a family activity at least once a month, and make sure that your entire family attends. Be sure to combine any days out with a family meal, so that your kids do not feel that it is a chore to spend time altogether. Chances are, they will be having so much fun that they will want to make your meetups an even more regular occurrence. 

Get crafty
A fun and low-cost way to spend time with your family is by planning a day filled with home crafts and activities. Check what you have to hand at home before you go and splash out on materials, as you can get creative with only a few objects to hand. From building a den or a fort in the living room, and enjoying some old-fashioned playtime, or even making collages or pictures using cutting and sticking from magazines or family photos, you can keep your entire family busy for only a few dollars. If you are looking to keep your kids busy right through until dinnertime, then you could even get them involved in the kitchen also. Get your kids to help you pick out a healthy and hearty recipe that your entire family will enjoy, and ask your little ones to help you cook and prepare the meal. Remember that younger children will need supervision when it comes to cutting and putting dishes in the oven, so you could also ask them to prepare the table for you. With very little effort, your entire family will soon be sitting down to a delicious meal, while your kids will be filled with a sense of pride that they managed to prepare the dinner themselves. So, when it comes to getting crafty, you can include a range of activities, from decoupage to cooking, as long as you provide your kids with the supervision and support that they need.

On your doorstep
If you are looking to keep your little ones entertained, then make sure that you make the most of the activities and local attractions that you have on your doorstep. Check out if there are any fun or free family days on at your local museum, art gallery or even at the library if you are looking for a way to get out and about without spending too much money. Alternatively, if you are fortunate enough to live nearby to a national park or even your local nature reserve, then why not pack a picnic and plan a fun day out that the entire family can enjoy. You could even get your kids to make the sandwiches! Once you are in the park, why not plan a route that your family can hike or even get your kids to complete a series of scavenger activities to win a prize. Think on your feet and make the most of what you have around you and close to home, your kids will love a break from your usual routine. 

At home
If you are looking to spend more time with your family, then you do not even need to leave the house. In fact, your kids will love it if you take a day or afternoon off work and plan some fun and entertaining activities for you all – while you spend time together at home. You could get the old family album out of store, and talk your kids through your entire history together – you may even feel inspired enough to recreate your family tree. Another fun way to enjoy time all together is by planning a tournament from the comfort of your own home. If you have a large backyard, then why not organize a soccer game and get your kids to invite their friends over so that you can grow your teams. If your kids love spending time indoors, then consider investing in a billiards table from a site such as While you could also get the board games out of your closet and plan an afternoon of fun. Make the most of what you already have at home, and your little ones are bound to enjoy a break in your usual routine.

If you are looking for fun and engaging ways to spend more time with your family, then you do not need to spend a fortune on days out and activities. Instead, you can make the most of what you already have close to home, and get planning and preparing. Consider organizing a day all together at least once a month, and be sure to finish up your day with a deliciously home-cooked meal that you can eat and enjoy all together. Plan an afternoon of arts and crafts and make the most of what you already have at home. Check out what activities are already on offer in your local area, and be sure to consider a fun day out in your local, national park. Finally, make the most of what you already have at home and get out and enjoy time with your family. Break the routine – your kids are sure to love spending time with you, no matter what activity that you plan.