Minimalism #4: Simple Entertainment

Centro cultural Tijuana, con fuente.

Centro cultural Tijuana, con fuente. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


We are a family that is easily entertained. Every once in a while we do like to take in a theater show if it has the potential to speak to all of us but for the most part we just enjoy being together.  Our entertainment is taking up less space as we gradually go to digital and leave the cupboards of movies, music, and books behind.  How do we keep our entertainment simple?


* We Use Technology to It’s Potential


TV and Internet: My husband is a gadget guy so we do spend money on new technology every once in a while and it has paid off. We have an internet capable TV with a Google TV Box that we can surf such things as Youtube  for great content such as free exercise videos, book reviews, and music videos. We supervise our child when he watches as content appropriate videos aren’t always easy to filter.  We also subscribe to Netflix for a minimal fee each month that allows us to watch practically any program or movie we want.


Smartphones and Tablets: Once again the gadget guy keeps our life simple by allowing us to have handy applications such as Kindle, Evernote, and many others at our fingertips wherever we go.  We read the news, read free books, and watch Netflix movies and TV shows. This doesn’t mean that these gadgets take over our lives. We can just as easily put them away when the time comes.


*We Take Joy in the Ordinary


Summertime Walks: As soon as our youngest was able to walk with us we have made a summertime tradition of walking in the evenings together. We try to find safe local parks and walking paths that provide us with an interesting view of nature as we go. Our son loves birds and studying life cycles of plants and animals so we take every opportunity to study along the way as well.


Pops Burgers: This little burger place is in our new hometown. We don’t find it fancy or fast food. They cook our food after we order it and provide great service. What we love is the back in time atmosphere of the 1950’s malt shop. One of the things that touched our hearts is the parking space outside that is reserved for Vietnam Veterans. Simple, good food at a great price. Love that.


Spending Time at Home: This is not the usual for families anymore. Everyone is too busy going to activities and doing something else. My husband travels most of the time so we find that being at home together is one of the best things we love. We always have “tea time” at 3pm when we have a hot drink and a sugar-free sweet treat. We started tea time as a way to schedule a snack time for our child and it’s now become a bit of a tradition for us. It may just be “our thing”.


*We Watch for Free Events


The Planetarium: In our hometown the college has a planetarium that offers a free day once a month. We can go and view student project shows, science projects geared towards homeschool kids, and visit with all kinds of experts.  We also have the option to travel to the nearest city and explore the displays there as well. They also have shows at a low price as well as an IMAX theater.


The Nature Center: We are lucky enough to have a local nature center. Every once in a while they offer free events or we can pay the $4 admission price. The Nature Center offers all kinds of learning opportunities that are perfect for families.


Festivals: It seems that every community has a festival available at some point during the year. We watch the local calendars and plan to attend these events. This is good people watching and usually involves kid’s activities as well as inexpensive food offerings or samples.


The Library: The library isn’t just about books anymore. We recently saw a bird show there for free.  We also signed up for there program that lends ebooks just like a traditional library book. Love that too.


These are just a few examples of what we do for simple entertainment. It does take some planning sometimes but other times we go where the mood takes us. We are determined to have fun without spending money needlessly. What do you do for fun?