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5 Cheap Family Activities That Kids Love

Game Night

Fetch the card table out of the basement and dust off that Monopoly box: It's time for game night. Game night is a great way to entertain kids of all ages while spending quality time together as a family.

Deciding what game or games to play will depend on the ages of your kids and their evolving attention span. For the littlest kids, a simplified game of Charades is always a success. You don't have to split up into teams or make it competitive. Just pick a theme -- animals, sports, even people in the family -- and let each kid act out a clue of their choosing while the rest of the family guesses.

Jenga, Perfection, Operation and Connect Four are great inexpensive board games for younger children. As the kids get older, you can introduce them to longer, more strategic games like Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble and card games like Spades or Hearts.

Have the family help prepare a favorite game night snack like popcorn, cookies or ice cream sundaes. The combination of tasty food and lively competition is a winning recipe for family fun.