Theres always those days where the kids are bored, you’re bored, and everyone is sick of sitting in the house. But, alas, you’re broker than a joke. So, what do you do? Well, theres all kinds of fun to be had, for free, out there. Sometimes, you just have to seek it out!
1. Libraries. Libraries can be an awesome place for young kids.Take a stroll in, pick up a library card, and start reading. Most libraries have a good kids section nowadays, with many having play areas for children, too. Check out their itinerary, lots of local libraries offer free reading groups, story times, contests, and such.
2. Nature walks. Take a walk in the nice weather and go on a hunt. Bring a bag or basket and hunt different leaves-find different shapes, colors, sizes, and kinds. Or do the same with flowers, or small rocks. Send your child on a search for colorful foliage. Then, when you’ve collected enough:
3. Make a Collage. Pull out the construction paper or large poster board. Dust off that Elmer’s glue and start pastin’. Make a big collage of all those flowers and leaves you just found. Look em’ up on the Internet, or better yet, the encyclopedia! Figure out what tree they came from, what flower that is. You’ll have fun and learn a thing or two in the process.
4. Fishing. Own a fishing rod? Head to the local pond or creek and cast your line with the older kids. Got toddlers? Get a big stick and some rope or clothesline and tie it on to make a pretend fishing rod. The kids will love it! Even if you don’t catch anything, you’ll have lots of fun trying.
5. Swimming. Find a shallow, clean area to wade in. If you have access to a nicer creek, grab some blow-up floaties and float lazily around. Skip rocks. Pick up rocks and try to find salamanders. Lay out on the water’s edge and listen to the birds. Take time to relax!
6. Playgrounds and local parks. Always free, and always fun.No matter what, your child will have a blast at the local playground. What kid can resist the swings and monkey bars? Scout out your area for close state or county parks, some may have lakes where you can swim for free, picnic areas, and their own playgrounds. Many have biking trails and fishing areas, too.
7. Camping. Got a tent? You don’t have to go far-throw it up one night in your backyard! Bring out lots of blankets and pillows, a good lantern(battery-operated, of course) and some board games. Pop the popcorn and spend a late summer’s night playing games and pretending to be camping in the great outdoors. Don’t worry what you’re neighbors are thinking, they’re probably just jealous!
With a little thought, even the most boring day can turn into an awesome one. Have a fun one!