I need things to do with kids without spending money..Ideas?

Lana - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am going to be working only 2 days a week soon so I'll be home more often with my kids..My son is 3 1/2 and I need some idea what to do with him..I mean it's winter and theres really not allot of options right now..How much can we paint/color?? lol... Any idea? Also the budget will be smaller now as well so things to do without spending??

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Jennifer Douangtavilay - posted on 02/18/2013

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i have to find something to do my kids have no school for a week i am freaking plus i dont have alot of moeny just went through a breakup what should i do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marcy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Have a scavenger hunt in your house. When he is sleeping take pictures of things around the house and then hide them. Show him the picture and see if he can find it. See if your local mall has a kids club. They are cheap to join and usually have stuff going on during the day. Check out the local YMCA there are always activities you can sign up for. Play dress up with old clothes and take pictures. Make a giant fort in the living room and let him take his nap in there. Start a scrap book together...just some ideas. Have fun...

Nicola - posted on 09/11/2010

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if moneys going to be short you could also spend the time baking together kids love working with dough wether its for biscuits (cookies) or rolls or making scones(biscuits) making your own playdough is fun too and fairly cheap lots of recipes on line for that. good luck.

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Beverly - posted on 12/04/2010

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I run into the same problem from time to time but I keep checking online for "free" stuff. SOmetimes museums have free or discounted days. Libraries are great, they usually have story time, sing alongs, make it a long field trip, pack lunch and take your time reading books. It's winter but I bundle my son up and we go for walks, pop in stores here and there. Maybe join a playgroup, usually all types and price ranges available. You can talk to other parents at the park or daycare and find out where they go or set up playdates. At home, maybe check on Craigslist for a free keyboard and have music time. Sit on the kitchen floor and bang on pots and pans. Make him a CD and sing and dance with him. The important thing is to organize the time, set up routines. FOr example monday can be library day, Tues can be playdate day, and splurge on just one day

Laura - posted on 10/21/2010

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Our mall has an indoor paly area. We also go to the pet store and look at the puppies. This is only the cost of gas. I take water, sandwiches and plenty of snacks so we don't have to shell out money on expensive mall food. The candy store gives out free samples so that's a treat. He enjoys just being strolled around the mall. At home we bake cookies, talk a walk(we live in AZ), print out color pages from kids websites which have fun crafts and games too.

Kylie - posted on 09/16/2010

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Winter & rainy days are always hard to keep children happy & entertained without pulling your hair out. How about making a cubby using your kitchen table and a sheet. The couch can be great fun all those pillows, it just takes some imagination & creativity some times- the kids could be stuck on an island or they are pirates on a boat. My 2 1/2yr old loves to help me bake. Bubble blowing is always an exciting activity with my day care kids. Find some old magazines and cut out all different pics for them to make a collage with. I'm sure your little one wouldn't mind go through their toy box with you to discover all those old toys they have forgotten about all hidden right down under all the new toys that they have been playing with too. Hope this helps. Kylie

Sherrilynn - posted on 03/01/2010

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We have foam beads, rubber string and Key rings. I think I spent less than 20 dollars and we will sit and make key chains for family members. It might sound like alot of money but at walmart you get alot. We still have plenty of stuff to make key chains, and we have already made probably 15 to 20.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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We do alot of things for free...we go to the park alot,we go hiking,fishing,camping in the back yard..we also have a lot of free things the community does also,family fun day,fireworks every week in the summer,movies on the green look around and see if there is a moms group or anything in the area also.check your local library for cards to go to the aquarium or local musems also you just check them out like a book.

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Hmm, library, having a picnic, going to a park, some painting/drawing, watching dvds, you could make a family scrapbook with photos, mementoes etc.

Shavaun - posted on 02/11/2010

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I know how u feel! I like 2 take my son to the library where we can check out books, movies, dvds, and cds 4 free. They also have some amazing programs geared toward children/family including craft/storytime and even host movie nights. We also do indoor picnics and the usual movie night and game night. Since my son is an only child I often invite his cousins or friends over 2 play. We also take advantage of free musuem days and church is always having something going on also. Your local newspaper should also help you come up with ideas as a lot of community organizations host different events most of which are free...i hope this helps!

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