Well… this technically isn’t frugal, but it’s free to us! We live near Branson; so when my dad asked what we wanted for Christmas, we requested Silver Dollar City season passes. We’ve already used them 3 or 4 times this year for our family, plus utilized the free one-day passes that came with them (for ordering early) to take friends. We will probably end up using them at least 10 times this year, and we really have a lot of family fun there. You just CANNOT give in to the awful, ridiculous priced concessions and vendors! We stick a picnic and frozen water bottles in the bottom of the stroller.
If you live near Stone Mountain, Dollywood, or the like, it wouldn’t hurt to put in a similiar Christmas request. Even if we had splurged on the tickets ourselves… as often as we go, it would have averaged less than $20 a trip for our whole family of 5.