I have always believed that one doesn’t need to spend large sums of money to have fun with the family. Sure, there are some things that inevitably – for the most part – require a decent cash outlay. Ranging from vacations to amusement parks, all the way down to movies at the theatre, there are many fun activities that fit this description.
Recently, I have been able to capture my 7-year old’s attention with an old standby card game: Go Fish!
Now, to clarify, it’s really she that has captured my attention with this game. Lately, she has been asking me to play this game again, after the card deck was in a drawer for the last year. Honestly, even though it’s a kid-oriented game, I really have fun playing with her. It’s fun to see your child having a good time, using her mind “strategically” in some way, and playing to win while being a really good sport. It’s all good, and seems like wholesome, family fun.
Besides the fun both parent and child are having, here’s the next best thing: the deck of cards cost us next to nothing!
They weren’t entirely free, but were part of a kids meal that we got her when traveling a few years ago. I think the meal cost no more than $5, and included this small deck of cards as the kid “toy”. Instead of some action figure, as would be typical, this one was something where they could actually think a little bit, and interact with an older sibling or parent.
Anyway, we probably played about 5 hours worth of Go Fish!, I’m estimating, when she got the cards a few years ago. Since she recently rediscovered the game, we have probably played another 5 hours total, I would estimate.
Overall, 10 hours of enjoyment for spending very little is a great deal, I think! Technically, I can’t say it was “free”, as our $5 or so was inclusive of the food AND the game. That said, it’s good fun for very little cost.
She has seen a “real” card deck, and got a kick out of the pictures of the King, Queen, Jack, and Joker. I guess the numbers weren’t as exciting as pictures, which is why Go Fish! must be fun:)
If you have kids, are there fun activities you have them do that keep them entertained at very little cost? If you don’t have kids, perhaps you might remember some fun things from your childhood that probably didn’t cost your parents much.