Does anyone know any cheap, cheerful days out to have with my 2 boys as I am on a bit of a budget.
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Tracie - posted on 05/15/2011
I am the queen of cheap outings. Take them to story time at the library. Check with local museums & zoos - they usually have a free admission day once/month and many have kid friendly areas. Go to the beach. Go on a nature walk. Play outside in the sprinkler. Have a water balloon fight. Go to various parks. Make a playdate with a friend. Fly a kite. Kick a ball. The possibilities are almost endless. Have fun!
âv^âv^ââ¥ - posted on 05/29/2011
Also you can get a few mommies locally together yourself (set up signs in coffee shops, online, search myspace for local friends in your area with kids who want to meet up?) and put together games in the park.
I saw these people at a streetfair (hosting a small one in their tiny town) put a bunch of cardboard boxes together to make a castle maze. Talk about cheap, and hours of entertainment.
So maybe once you find a few friends, start looking at mini party ideas that can be done in 1 afternoon and be lots of fun for really cheap :)
Sarah - posted on 05/15/2011
Check out your local parks department and library for good free events. Also take a look at a website called macaronikid.com where you can put in the town closest to you and sign up for weekly emails of events in your area. Some of the events will cost money but many others will be free or cheap. We have found tons of cool festivals, story times, etc. through that site.
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If you were to opt for a zoo membership look for discounts beforehand. The one here in Nashville has a $10 discount....I googled "nashville zoo discounts " and found it! It also includes some other zoos. They are called "reciprocal". It's great for us as we visit Louisville once a yr and get in free. Check the Zoo's website out before you decide. Discovery Center's or Science Center's are generally the same way. Sometimes we go to one city and then the next we'll go to a different city but get in free or half off.
With all that said hiking is my absolute favorite thing to do with my kids. Daddy works long hours so I take them by myself. I started them at around 2 with short hikes. They are pros now!
Amy - posted on 05/31/2011
some mommy groups are hard, I would look for churches around the area and see what they have usually stay at home mom things and in the summer there are usually vacation bible school that are super fun for kids to do! library I love it, free and as my dd gets older we will be able to walk there in the summer. Look at your city website and see what they have to do on there, look on facebook and other networking sites to see what they have. I am curious as well everything keeps raising so staying home more is what seems to happen, backyard is fun just put balls out there and start playing with my daughter. Parks are free and picnics are fun, wadding pools, play places at the mall where I live are free and kids love them plus get to talk to other moms and dads/ grandparents too
JAWANDA - posted on 05/26/2011
wow you all were a big help to me also. im a mother of 7 therefore even if admission is $5 if becomes really expensive when it comes down to all the children plus 2 adults(my husband and I). this was very informative. i even found a new site momslikeme! thanks!
I am not sure where you are but we have early learning centres that are free where u can take your kids to interact with other kids and give you a couple of hours to yourself. Or there is even places to take the kids at reasonable prices and it is a giant indoor jungle gym :) Hope that helps and I understand about being on a budget and trying to find different things to do so the kids don't get bored :)
Steffanie - posted on 05/15/2011
I used to take my kids to the park, beach, I would make a lunch, and let them play. Also, if you look in your local paper, sometimes you can find good discounts for Chuck-E-Cheese. I would do that to with them! The tubes, video games, and pizza would get them busy for hours!
Joy - posted on 05/15/2011
My children have always enjoyed all the activities they have at the library although your boys may be a bit young. I also buy the membership to the local zoo. It seems all the kids enjoy it no matter the age. I am also on a really tight budget bit my son and I go to the zoo a couple times a week and he loves it.
Allie - posted on 05/12/2011
there are sites like "momslikeme" and some local sites (I live in Knoxville TN and we have www.knoxmoms.com) that give free ideas. My son and I do story time at the library and I'll pack a picnic and we'll go to the park after. Or there are open play days a kid gyms and bounce houses in the area that only cost about 5$ (parents get in free)... I love livingsocial and groupon because they've had some good deals recently that are family oriented... also I don't know where you live, but Regal Cinemas has a summer series that you can go to the movie theatre and see G and PG movies for $1 most of them we already own, but its a fun day out, I would just hit up the dollar store for candy and drinks (take in a big bag) and maybe buy a popcorn. We also have a zoo membership and go to the zoo probably once a week and take a lunch there too.
Mary - posted on 05/11/2011
Take them to the park. It's free & they will love it! Also, the pool. I have a YMCA near my house where I take my son for an hour or so & he'll have a blast. Also, if your sons like to play sports, take them to play tennis or basketball. That's fun for them too. A little physical activity for their health, free, if not cheap, & fun!
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