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Five free things to do with family

December 09, 2008|By LAKIN THOMAS/Pulse Correspondent

Even though teens aren't really willing to hang out with their parents as much as they did when they were younger, there are still times when getting together as a family is important.

Wouldn't it be nice to spend time with them without emptying your wallet?

Listed below are some ideas of activities that you can do that cost little to no money, and give your family something fun to do together.

1. Create a family movie night. Gather the whole family. Make a concession stand, sell tickets and set up your living room or family room as the theater.

2. Visit a museum. Some museums, such as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, don't require money to visit, so it would make a great field trip if you want to get out of the house on a rainy day and do something.

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3. Test your skills with Wii. If your family has a Wii, spend your Saturday night holding a competition to see who is the best sports star, best dancer and so on. You can make your house even more exciting than the mall.

4. Volunteer. Is there anywhere in town where people need help? Bring your family along, and volunteer at a soup kitchen, shelter or anywhere else where people are in need.

5. Mall challenge. Still can't stay out of Valley Mall on a Saturday night? This challenge requires you to not buy a thing, but to see how much you could buy with $1,000, by keeping a rolling list of prices and gifts. The winner is the person who can "buy" the most items within the price range. (Items must be relevant to the person.)

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