The last holiday of the summer is rapidly approaching, and if you have failed to spend any quality time together this year, now is the time. Labor Day is Monday, September 6th, and though the children are back in school they definitely need a holiday to spend with family.
Whether it’s a mini-vacation or a holiday barbecue at home, interacting with family can be memorable and cost-effective in the unsteady economy. If you are remaining home to grill out, try looking for weekly sales in the Sunday paper for deals on food. Around the holiday, grocers will have discounts or BOGOs on meats, veggies, and buns; these items are essential for a tasty barbecue. But if you are looking for deals on items like aluminum foil and disposable plates and cups, always look into your local Dollar General, where everything is a dollar. Just by browsing the isle you can find low-cost everyday items for your household.
If you prefer to vacation away from home the Columbia Metro area has various venues well within your budget to fulfill your needs. Lake Murray Parks, spanning Lexington and Richland counties, provide a varied list of activities for the entire family to enjoy, The list varies from camping to hiking, fishing to picnicking, and as always, boating and swimming. The price is not bad either. Entrance into parks like Saluda Shoals and Hilton recreation area is free. Others, like Dreher’s Island and The SCEG Dam area range between free and $3.
For those closer to the Northeast region of Columbia, another budget-friendly outting to look into is Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia, located off of Two Notch Road. It also provides hiking trails and boat rentals. Don’t be afraid to bring items to grill or picnic. There are shelters and other designated areas to eat.
The above listed places are only examples of wonderful things to do in the Columbia area. Other adventures include:
- The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens
- The South Carolina State Museum
- Edventure Children’s Museum
- Richland County Recreation
- Ball Buster Paintball
It is always a good idea to plan in advance when you are considering entertainment for the entire family. Remember, you are factoring in costs for food, fun, and transportation, if necessary. Also, leave consideration for events that may alter your plans, so planning an alternate event proves stress-relieving and resourceful. An added measure in planning for your family is the fact that distant family and friends may want to join along. While this is a great idea, ensure that everyone knows the time your event will start and end.
And finally, have fun! This will be the last holiday of the summer of 2010, so make the best of it!