More About Inexpensive Fun with my Toddler

by Marcy on June 27, 2008 · 0 comments

A couple of months ago, I posted about some of the fun & inexpensive things that I do with my daughter. Today I was thinking about all of the ways that we have been keeping ourselves entertained this summer on the cheap. We are still doing some of the same things that we were in the winter, but I have a few new activities to add.

Here is a list of some of the fun things we like to do:

* Attending library story time once/week (free)

* Meeting up with friends at local splash parks and having a picnic lunch (free except for cost of food)

* Visiting local “pick your own” farms to pick fruit (find a farm near you here)

* Visiting local farmers markets to see what they have, and for some social interaction :)

* Playing outside in the yard…We don’t have a lot of fancy toys for our daughter to play with (nor do I think we need to). She mainly plays with her wagon, a few bouncy balls, sidewalk chalk and her sand and water table. She also likes to pick flowers and “harvest” our not quite ready produce! :-)

* Going to the pool (included in our monthly gym fee)

* Hosting and attending “play dates” with friends

* Visiting the local zoo (a yearly membership is a little over $60 I believe, and includes parking)

* Visiting local metro parks to walk on the trails & play at the playground (free)

* Attending local festivals/parades

While I don’t feel like we have to be busy every single day (I am not Super Woman afterall), both my daughter and I tend to be a little more on the social side of things…and we like to be around other people. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much there is to do while on a budget. I think it is good to expose my daughter to a variety of things (people, places etc…), plus it keeps our days from getting too long and/or boring. I fully realize that we are blessed to live in an area that has lots of fun activities that we can take advantage of. But I have a feeling I would make something up if I lived somewhere where I didn’t have these things to do. It would either be that, or go insane I think! :-)

What are you doing this summer to keep yourself and/or your kids entertained inexpensively? I would love to hear what you have to say!

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