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5 Cheap Family Activities That Kids Love


Believe it or not, you can entertain your kids without leaving the house.
Believe it or not, you can entertain your kids without leaving the house.
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If you believe the TV commercials, then the only words that will truly make your children happy are "Hey kids, we're going to Disney World!" Fortunately for your budget and your sanity, that's simply not the case. There are plenty of activities you can do with your kids at home that they'll absolutely love without costing you more than a few bucks and some quality time.

If you have young kids, relish this time with your family. Young kids don't require a lot of fancy gadgets or expensive hobbies to be entertained. They crave spending time with their parents and siblings engaged in any kind of activity, whether they're productive, competitive or just plain silly. Children love family traditions and love playing even a small role in helping to prepare for them and keep the traditions alive.

Study after study shows that quality time spent as a family -- eating, playing games or just talking -- is one of the most effective indicators of future success, self-esteem and overall well-being. The following five ideas are easy, inexpensive activities that will bring your family closer together and create a lifetime of memories.


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