Fun with the kids isn’t the sole province of mom, and you don’t need to spend a lot for them to have a good time. Here are a few inexpensive (or free) things to do with your kids.
1 – Take a trip to the fire station. Most firemen love to show kids around, and a firehouse has any number of things a kid will find fascinating: the trucks, the pole, the equipment. Call your local firehouse first to make sure it’s a good time.
2 – Visit a construction site. Much like fire trucks, children love to see bulldozers, cranes and other construction equipment. Walk around the perimeter of a sites fence and take in all the sights.
3 – Fly a kite. If you haven’t flown a kite in years, why wait? It’s the next best thing to having a model airplane, but hundreds of times cheaper, and the only fuel you need is wind. Kites themselves are available with all sorts of licensed characters, so your TV addicts can still get their SpongeBob fix.
4 – Check the clearance aisle. Seasonal items go on clearance weeks before the season ends, so fun items can be found cheaply. Your kids can spend the last few weeks of summer on a Slip & Slide, or the last few weeks of winter with a toboggan, for a fraction of the price.
5 – Get out to a game. Professional games are expensive and often difficult to manage with kids, but minor league, semi-pro, college and high school athletics can be just as exciting, and often have more for kids to do. And if you are forced to leave early, you aren’t wasting $50 tickets.