12 Free Family Night Activities

Money is tight since I quit teaching so we’ve had to come up with free outings for our family. Looking for ways to cut back and reconnect with the family? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Epic Cheese Dip

So it’s Bulldog’s birthday this week and we are having a few friends over to celebrate! For snacks I am making one of his favourites, a wickedly flavourful cheese dip in a bread bowl. It’s a hit every time I put it out and a special request at family gatherings as well. It pairs great with wings and is an excellent option for Super Bowl parties and potlucks.

The Spill-Over Effect: 5 ways shift work and family dinnertime can come together.

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In the early days we hoped Bulldog would be able to pop in for a family supper if he was out on patrol, or I’d give the kids a big afternoon snack and push back serving dinner if his shift ended close to meal time. Then reality hit. More often than not he’d be on his way and have to respond to a situation, or be 5 minutes before the end of his shift and get a call, only to show up for supper 2 hours later than we’d expected.