Frugal Fun for Kids

by Marcy on March 20, 2008 · 0 comments

I am the type of person who has to have things to do, places to go, and people to see. I knew when I quit my job to stay at home full time with my daughter that we would have to stay busy…or that I would go crazy!

That being said, I wanted to try to find free, or mostly free, activities for us to do together, because we do not have a lot of extra cash to throw around for activities.

I must say that I have a whole new appreciation for where we live now that we have a child. There are so many fun things for us to do as a family here…and I am finding more and more for us to do as my daughter gets older.

Here is a list of a few of the frugal activities that we do to have fun:

* Story time at the library – FREE
* Trips to the neighborhood parks (we have tons of great parks in our area) – FREE
* Trips to local metro parks – FREE
* Summer Concert Series for Kids at a local park – FREE
* Open Play time at a local play equipment retailer – FREE (during certain times)
* Play areas at local malls – FREE
* Open Gym at a local recreation center – $2/child for up to 2 hours
* Kids Theater Presentation at a local recreation center – $2/child
* Trips to the local zoo – $60/year for family membership (includes parking and admission)

My best resource for finding activities for us to do is other moms. I am fortunate to have lots of friends who stay at home with their kids, plus I attend a “moms day out” group at a local church and have met other moms who have given me lots of great tips (by the way, this activity is also free!)

If you do not know other moms who stay at home, you can also find a wealth of information online. Here are two sites that I use for the Central Ohio area if any of you are in my area:

* Fun For Our Kids
* Experience Columbus (thanks for this link, J!)

Some other places to look for free activities:

* Local Library website
* Local Bookstore website
* Local City website (these often list recreation center & park activities)
* Local churches

What about you? What frugal activities do you like to do with your kids, spouse and/or friends? How do you find out about these activities?

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