Friday, February 27, 2009

Frugal Living Friday: Free Weekend Fun

Welcome to Frugal Living Friday! Each week I will feature a tip that can help us stretch our budget and live more frugally! If you have a tip that you want shared on Frugal Living Friday, let me know and you could become a guest blogger for a day.

There are many free and cheap activities to do around your town if you know where to look. One of my soapbox topics is making sure kids do fun, wholesome, and simple activities that are in our community. Too many parents spend hundreds of dollars on season passes to this or that or pay lots of money for activities that are fun, but not necessary. Decide what your budget can allow and stick to it! It is good for kids to not do everything they want to do. It teaches patience and self-discipline. Off my soapbox now...

So if you are dying to get out of the house tomorrow but don't want to spend much (if any) money, here is a list of activities to do this weekend and in the next month or so with your kids! There are also schedules on each of these websites for future activities, so write them down on your calendar.
  • Tomorrow! Build a #48 Racecar at Lowe's Build and Grow Workshops for kids. Time is 10:00am-11:00am at your local Lowe's store. Sign up online.
  • The Knack at Michaels stores: next activity is April 4th, a family fun activity day from 10am-2pm. Here is the schedule for the rest of the April.
  • Home Depot does a kids workshop once a month, on the first Saturday. Next activity is March 7th at 9:00am to build an HD Raceway.
  • Check with your local library about their kids programs. You might be surprised at what they have to offer! My boys recently earned free tickets to a pro hockey game by reading and writing an essay.
  • Attend a Barnes and Noble storytime with your child. There are crafts and often dress-up characters there too! Check here to see what is available at your local store.

When summer gets closer I will profile all the fun and free summer activities available!

If you live in my area, check out my previous post on this topic for free and discounted things to do around town.


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