Time With The Kids On The Cheap

June 3, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto radio series update June 3: Spending time with your kids doesn’t have to cost a lot. The important thing is spending some time with your kids. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate activity and it doesn’t have to cost much money. It’s the time together that’s priceless. Here are some freebies or inexpensive activities you can do:

  • Free matinee movies, free activities at the library
  • Free activities for good grades such as: the bowling alley, a pizza place, book store
  • The park—play Frisbee; kick a soccer ball; do potato sack races or 3-legged races; kick ball—some of the school yard games kids love
  • The community pool—some places even have free swim lessons
  • Sign kids up for a free/inexpensive activity and then cheer from the sidelines
  • The beach—remember sand castles? Beach balls? Burying bodies in the sand?
  • Go to the zoo. Family passes are usually pretty inexpensive—and then you have a built-in activity all year long. Many zoos have activities for the kids. And in a lot of cases, your zoo pass is accepted at other zoos around the area and/or museums. Check it out!
  • Batting cages, putting greens (many golf courses have putting greens to practice without cost) or get a bucket of balls and hit at the driving range
  • Miniature golf
  • Feed the ducks and eat the bread as you go along
  • Go to the dollar store—-pick out some things to put in a treasure chest as rewards or surprises
  • Even theme parks and water parks like here in FL—have cut a lot of admission costs, or have FL resident passes, etc.
  • Go fishing in the local pond or lake
  • Camp out in the backyard, or in the living room!
  • Roller skate or bike rides around the block. Parents—please wear helmets, too. Be a role model!

And if you just want to stay at home, there are lots of things to do:

  • Make up a treasure hunt, a scavenger hunt—right in the house!
  • Baking cookies, ice cream sundae bar, make your own pizzas—be creative
  • Have dessert for breakfast
  • Make popcorn for lunch and watch a movie
  • Plan a movie night
  • Camp out in the living room
  • Make a fort out of a big cardboard box
  • Crafts—looms, beading, knitting, arts and crafts, finger painting
  • One girl decided she’d like to make a house for her cat—get creative
  • Play dress up and make a movie
  • Make a play to perform for the working parent, or video and send to grandparents
  • Get started on making Xmas gifts
  • Build a model together or get creative with Leggos, blocks…bring out the old Lincoln Logs or Tinker toys
  • Play charades, guessing games, card games
  • Do a big puzzle together
  • Sing songs, have your kids share their music with you

The possibilities are endless— How about sending in some of your ideas??? Ask your kids!

Top 5 Tips of the Week:

  1. Take time to have fun with your kids
  2. You can find fun to do at home, outdoors or an inside activity
  3. Having fun doesn’t have to cost a lot of money
  4. Be creative and flexible—lighten up and laugh a lot
  5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions
  6. Enjoy Your Kids!

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