How to do fun things with your kids on the cheap
March 21, 2019 by David Riedel
When I was younger, my family went to Disney World so many times I’ve lost count. If I had to guess, I’d say I was there 25 times before I turned 18. We even met up there on multiple occasions when I was older (everyone but me lived in a different part of Florida so Orlando was a convenient place to converge).
I don’t earn Disney-trip money and neither does my wife. We go on about one big trip a year, and not one of them involves the Magic Kingdom (plus, I don’t want to be one of those families there with an infant; who is that fun for?).
When we’re not on a big vacation, we need lots of little activities to keep our older one from going out of his mind with boredom; if you have small children, you know weekends can be a grind. So around these parts—I live on the north shore of Massachusetts near Boston—we find as many free things to do on the weekends as we can. Here’s what I discovered this morning with just a five-minute Google search:
- Free astronomy after hours at the Boston Museum of Science.
- A post-winter beach clean-up (it sounds like a drag but it’s fun and it always gets my older one excited for summer waves).
- Every library near us has free activities, from puppet shows to storytime to singalongs to toy swaps.
- Walking local trails before the poison ivy and mosquitos come back.
- A free Minecraft club for kids (to me that sounds like torture, but hey, some people like it).
- A Disney singalong with a Disney-certified performer at the local mall.
Each of these things is free. Each is something my older child could get behind (except for Minecraft; he has no idea what that is).
Looking for something to do this weekend that’s different from the norm? Google “[My county] free kids’ activities” and see what pops up. Chances are you’ll find something to make the weekend move a little faster, and therefore make your life easier.
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