Free family activities are not that hard to find, and can provide your children (and entire family) with lots of fun times. Maybe you are one of those parents who cannot afford expensive Mom and Child classes or extra activities. If so, do not feel like you are depriving your child. There are a lot of totally free options you can take part in!
Listed below are some of the best free activities that I have found for families.
I hope they are helpful to you.
1. The Local Public Library. I really cannot say enough good things about going with your children to the local library. It is fun to pick out books together. Now, many libraries are adding childrens/toddlers educational play areas. As soon as your child can write his/her name, they can check out books on their own.
Remember also, you can often take out free videos for yourself and your children at your library, for an entertaining family night. One of my favorite free library resources is story time for toddlers and children. The libraries usually offer several story time slots per week, and have it on Saturdays for working parents. This is great for early socialization and for mom or dad to network with other parents.
2. Playgrounds. Spending time together outdoors is a great free family activity. I was surprised to find how many local playgrounds are within a ten mile radius of my home. One playground has a bike/walking path. Another has all sorts of neat, new equipment. My children really enjoy visiting different playgrounds from spring through fall.
3. Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Check out the Barnes and Noble website, or call Barnes and Noble (1-800-843-2665) to find out when your local Barnes and Noble holds their story time. Our B&N store even serves cookies and milk afterwards. Some Barnes and Nobel stores have extra meetings for certain interests, such as an “American Girl” fan club monthly meeting.
4. Arts and Crafts at Michaels or AC Moore. Both Michaels Craft Store chain and A.C. Moore offer children’s arts and crafts classes. The times vary by store. Sometimes you will have to pay a fee for materials, but they are usually nominal fees or free. To find the classes in your area visit their websites, or call:
A.C. Moore: (1-866-342-8802)
5. Kids Workshops at Lowes or Home Depot. Home Depot and Lowes both offer kids workshops, where children (accompanied by parents) can learn to create projects. This would be a wonderful father and son activity. The Lowe’s workshops usually start at age 7, and the Home Depot at age 5. They may require reservations, to be sure your child has a space. Go online to their websites, or call:
Home Depot: (1-800-553-3199)
This list is subject to change at any time, based upon the stores, your area, and what is available. Also check out other low cost activities such as MomsClub for Stay at Home Moms. Try arranging play-dates with friends of your children from school. Do not forget about free family activities like Little League or other sports offered through your township in the summer.
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