Guest post from Emily of Queen of the Wilson Household
Sometimes as a SAHM, I have to get out of the house to keep my sanity. However, I don’t want to spend a lot of money each week just to get out of the house.
During our no-spend week, I got creative about things to do that didn’t cost any money. Some of these activities have now become a weekly tradition. There are plenty of places to go that allow me to keep my sanity and my money!
It’s not just for books. The library is a great place to check out movies, music, audio books, and magazines.
Also, ask your library about any free programs that may be available. Our library has an awesome children’s section complete with a play room, a faux front porch with rockers, computers, story and song time, arts and crafts, tables and chairs.
2. Pet Store
If your child loves animals, this is a great place to wander around and look at all of the animals. You could also make the visit educational by talking to your kids about how the fish breath or why the gerbil has chubby cheeks!
We love the park because my son can run around, and I can even get a little exercise in too.
In Florida, public pools are free. However, if they are not free where you live, you can always have a water day at home. You may not go somewhere, but it is still a fun way to get out of the house.
5. Plan an Outdoor Activity
Take a picnic lunch outside or to a park, feed the ducks at a nearby pond, or go on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood. You could make a list of items to find, or keep it casual and have your child gather as many leaves or special stones as he can find.
6. Visit family or neighbors.
If you have elderly neighbors like we do, they might like a visit. You could bring them a card made by your child to make your visit even more special.
7. Mall Play Area
Indoor play areas are great for little ones to run around and play especially when the weather isn’t the best for being outside.
There are some museums in our town that offer free nights or lower admission rates on special occasions. Call your local museums and ask when they run their discounts.
9. Window Shop
Leave the cash and debit cards behind, and just have fun looking around. Specialty stores are great for window shopping. We love to visit outdoor stores like Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s and home decor stores like Hobby Lobby or Kirkland’s because they have merchandise we don’t normally see in the stores we frequent.
Where else do you like to take your kids for free?
Emily blogs at Queen of the Wilson Household where she shares encouragement for being a wife and mother, saving money, and topics related to the home.