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Inexpensive Activities for Kids
Everyone is feeling the budget crunch and it is getting harder to keep kids entertained without being bored. Older kids seem to want to play with electronic equipment and video games all the time. It may be hard trying to get them peeled away from that sort of activity. I know it’s a challenge with my 12 year old daughter. Good luck with that.
As for the younger kids, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep them busy. One thing that kids seem to enjoy is zoo animals. Plan on taking them to the zoo for the day you can take along some paper and pencils and let them have fun drawing the animals. Sometimes there are planned activities at the zoo. Check out your local zoo to be sure. Many zoos also have a day where admission is greatly discounted so that’s always a good day to go.
Go apple picking. Another thing that kids love and that is to go to an apple orchard or a pick your own farm. Most orchards do not charge you a fee if you want to pick fruit to purchase. Have the kids don a hat as well as proper outerwear and head out to the orchard. The kids will have a great time exploring the outdoors and learn how to properly pick fruit from a tree. Sometimes the orchard will also have activities such as a pancake breakfast or even a hay ride.
Other inexpensive activities for kids could also be a trip to your local library. Several libraries have reading clubs and offer story time and even craft making. Sometimes various venues are planned depending on the season or celebratory event. Puppet shows or cultural events may also be taking place at your local library.
Community centers are also another place that may have inexpensive activities for kids. Outdoor carnivals with face painting and various sports activities will surely keep them entertained.
Crafts are always a great option. I’ve always kept crafting stuff around that I’ve picked up from the dollar store. My daughter and her friends love o draw and make cards. For special occasions you can pick up kits from places like Michaels for Valentine’s Easter and Christmas themed crafts. They always go on sale and I save them for the kids for a rainy day or a holiday specific activity.
One last suggestion is go for a nature walk, weather you live near a park, forest or just in an urban area you can do a nature walk. Tell the kids to find “nature” in their neighborhood, look for different types of leaves, point out different creatures etc.. There’s always something to be found and if you can take pictures, they always like to look at the pictures later.
How do you keep your kids entertained? What is their favorite activity?