There are plenty of local festivals to choose from and that will satisfy everyone from the cultural enthusiast to the people watcher, and most include an area dedicated to family fun. Don't forget to check with your local schools for fall harvest and spring fling festivals that provide all the fun at a fraction of the cost.
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While going down to the arena or ballpark to watch professionals in action is fun, you don't need season tickets to watch the minor leagues or your local high school take on the town rival.
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Consider contributing to your community as a family. Many towns have organizations that spruce up public spaces where toddlers can pull up weeds (with supervision) while the older kids can plant seeds and bulbs. Another option is to help out at one of the many animal-rescue organizations or take your kids to visit the elderly at a retirement home.
Find the bug spray, pop the tent and light the campfire. Even if you can't get to a campground, have your own family camping night in the backyard. While you may not be able to light a campfire, you can grill hot dogs and tell stories by the glow of a flashlight or portable lantern.
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Going to the movies is the perfect option for bad weather weekends. Kids get a kick out of seeing their favorite characters on the big screen, and you can sneak in some quiet time. Seriously, who can resist the movie snacks anyway?
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Have the family pack their bags and head out of town for a family road trip. Check out a national park, head to the beach or strap on the backpacks and go hiking in the mountains. Getting away from the everyday hectic pace and taking in nature's beauty is a great way to spend time with the family in the fresh air.
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