In today’s hurry-up world, many families are looking for ways to slow down a little and spend some quality time together, just having fun. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you don’t have to go very far to have a great time.

Here are some ways your family can make the most of family time and have some serious fun.

Become day trippers.
Feel like getting out of town, but don’t want to go far? Try a family day trip.

State parks – You can go on a hike or bike ride, have a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors on your own, or participate in events such as fishing tournaments, wildlife education, moonlight walks or star gazing talks.

www.DoSomething.org and Bing have teamed up to inspire people to “do good” in their neighborhood by hosting various events across the country this summer. Visit www.bing.com/doing to see if they’ll be stopping by a neighborhood near you, or learn how you can participate online. Perfect for the teen in your life, these events don’t require money, an adult, or a car to participate.

Be hometown foodies.
Discover your inner “locovore” by exploring all the different ways to enjoy locally produced food.

Farmers markets – From apples to zucchini, you can find just about any kind of fresh produce, as well as bread, honey, herbs and more. Take your time, try some samples and talk to the vendors about their goods. Bring home some fresh ingredients and experiment with new recipes.

CSA – Community Supported Agriculture groups bring the local harvests to you. For a set fee, sometimes paid in full up front, sometimes paid weekly with pickup, you get a generous selection of whatever is in season. The options change each week, which means you get a tasty surprise.

Restaurants – Try that new restaurant down the street, or the one you’ve driven by a few times but have never been to. It can be a culinary adventure and a great way to support the local economy. If you’re not sure where to go, or if you want to know if a restaurant is good, look it up on www.Bing.com and check out the new feature which allows you to do this all in one place. It shows you reviews from across the web, location maps and directions, as well as interior shots – you can make a reservation, find where you’re going and see what it’s like, all without leaving your search page.

When making a decision like where to spend your time and money, most people say it helps to have some input from people they know and trust.

A recent Bing survey found that
More than 90 percent of respondents are likely to seek the opinions or advice of friends and family as part of their decision-making process.

More than 90 percent of respondents will even delay a decision in order to first get input from family and friends.
More than 75 percent of respondents report they are likely to solicit opinions or advice from their online social networks – 44 percent get the most useful recommendations on travel and restaurants from Facebook and/or Twitter.

When you’re looking for new ways to make some family fun time, find out about how to get those trusted opinions from your friends, plus new ideas and the best of the web recommendations at www.Bing.com.

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