Renee sent me a link to a neat idea how you can entertain your children for free: visiting the pet store (a.k.a. the “mini zoo”). What a great idea! She also thought it would be great if we share some of our frugal entertainment ideas with each other. I agree!
Here are a few things that we do to keep family entertainment costs down:
Search for Community Events – We keep an eye out in the newspaper (online edition) and the flyers hanging in the grocery store. We look for any parades or events occuring that we can attend for little or no cost.
Attend Local Museum Free Days – A historical museum near me puts on an event every year when you can go and see railroad information for free. We didn’t do it this year, but we have gone in the past.
Look Through Old Pictures – My son absolutely loves to take a trip down memory lane and go through old pictures that we have in albums. He’ll sit there for hours and go through the pictures and ask about everyone in them.
Have a Movie Night at Home – We rarely go to the movie theater. In fact, we’ve only been to one movie since our son was born (Disney’s Cars). Instead, we go to the local movie rental place and rent the older releases at 99 cents/each. Every now and then we will get a new release (for $3.99).
Go to the Lake/Get out in Nature – We live only a few minutes away from Lake Superior and when we need something to do we hop in the car and head to the beach. Sometimes we bring a picnic…sometimes we go just to hang out. My son loves to make sand castles.
Attend State Park Low-cost or Free Programs – We haven’t done this one yet (trying to fit it in the schedule), but our local state park has programs throughout summer that are free for families. You can learn all about nature in a hands-on setting. Here’s a listing to the State Park Explorer program in Michigan’s State Park sytem.
Here are the ideas that Renee suggested:
Visit Your Public Library – The library is a great place to spend a few hours reading and learning. As an added bonus, on a hot day you could enjoy the air conditioning.
Visit the SPCA (or your local animal shelter) – Renee enjoys petting the dogs and bunnies at her local SPCA. We don’t have a local SPCA, but our animal shelter does enjoy it when people volunteer to come in and pet the kitties or walk the dogs.
Thanks Renee for this idea to do this! Does anyone else have any free or frugal entertainment ideas they would like to share?
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