The economy sucks, that is nothing new here. Everyone is trying to save money, but everyone wants to have a good time. The automotive industry offers several options for family fun on the cheap.
Columbus has several race tracks that attract larger teams several times a year. National trials raceway is only $10 per ticket, another $20 for food. You’re at $60 for a family of four at a night of racing. Try going to a new release 3d movie with a family of four, with popcorn and drinks. If you are looking to go more information can be found at http://www.nationaltrailraceway.com/.
The Columbus Motor Speed way hosts the future NASCAR drivers, cheaper tickets on average than anyone else in Columbus, $12 for adults and $4 for kids. Hosting figure 8 races, and late model car racing, carnage and speed run in the track. State level NASCAR races and demolition derbies are the norm here and being right in town makes it easy. Events schedules can be found on their website, columbusmotorspeedway.com.
The third course close to Columbus is the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Attracting all the big shows, Indy car races with all the big stars, the Rolex sports car series. The benefit of the track is that it is very small and offers some of the best driving in racing. Tickets range in price from $15 to $40 dollars depending on access to areas. Camping and RV hook up is also available. Interested future race watchers can go to Midohio.com for season and track information.
Car shows happen where ever more than 3 classic cars show up in a parking lot. Almost all are free to get into and offer hours of family entertainment. The good guys car show at the Ohio State Fair grounds every summer is a wonderful time. Cars from all over drive in to show their best.
Something else most people will not think of, is to not even leave the house. Park the car in the garage or driveway and work with your family to fix it. Change the oil, air filter. Give the car a wash, which could turn into a spontaneous water hose fight.