It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need a ton of money to do something fun with the kids. Sure, our trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto was a lot of fun. But it cost a good chunk of money to drive there, park, pay for tickets, and eat while we were there. Making memories and planning great experiences doesn’t have to cost so much though. It doesn’t even have to cost anything.
Take a look around your neighbourhood or town, and explore away! Here are five of the fun, FREE things we’ve done with the kiddos:
1. Visit the beach. Summer or winter, spring or fall. Just remember to wear rubber boots if you decide to visit in the early spring, when it’s rainy and foggy and really cold.
2. Look up some hiking trails or even just some dog-walking trails in your area. Some of these are great for geo-caches (another great free activity), but all of them are great for exploring nature, listening the birds, and getting stuck in the mud.
3. Climb a pile of dirt. Yes, seriously. Older kids will love it, and they’ll sleep really well that night. Which will give you some extra time to clean out the tub after they’ve had their baths.
4. Check out a new playground. If you’ve got older kids, take them during the afternoon (naptime for most littles) or in the evening. They’re more likely to get a chance to enjoy the equipment that way ;-).
5. Take bikes, ride-ons and balls to your closest outdoor arena in the warmer weather, or your skates in the winter. We spent many a rainy day letting the daycare kiddos burn off energy in our neighbourhood’s outdoor, covered arena. It was a great meeting place too, where we could chat with other moms while the kids played. It sure beat being stuck inside on a rainy day!
So don’t let an empty wallet hold you back. Get outside and explore!