Frugal Family Entertainment in the Summertime
by, 04-22-2009 at 10:50 AM (490 Views)
It's coming quickly... my kids' school year ends on June 5th. I don't know about you, but my mind is already searching out frugal family fun for this summer.
It's tricky for me because I'm moving to another state at the beginning of the summer, so I will need to do some research in my new place of residence, rather than scoping the local area, but it can be done.
Here are a couple tips for finding frugal family fun:
*Check your parks and recreation department. Here in my town, they offer, for $20 for the whole summer, per child: Monday through Tursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., arts & crafts, swimming, bowling, zoo trips, playground time, organized sports, and more. A great investment!
*Look for library events. They're free!
*Home Depot offers Saturday workshops for kids, for free!
*Community pools that usually charge an admission will sometimes have free days. Take advantage of these.
*Stay local. You'd be surprised at how much you can discover about your own town, no matter how small it is or how long you've lived there, if you set your mind to it.
*Does your town offer concerts in the park? These are free in my town. Bring a blanket and a drink and maybe a snack, sit back and enjoy the music. It's a great way to expose your children to a variety of music styles. One week it might be jazz, and the next might be classic rock.
*Go for walks together. They're always free, and kids always find something interesting along the way.
*Look for local festivals. Admission is usually free, although food isn't. You might be able to bring your own food, though.
Here's to an upcoming frugal and fun summer.