May 9, 2020
If you have kids, you know that every year you have to struggle with planning that birthday party. You want to make it special and at the same time, you want to keep it within your budget. To that end, I have a few great ideas for you that are relatively inexpensive.
Bounce House Party
A bounce house is an epic children’s birthday idea. No kid will ever say that they do not want a bounce house and you have probably noticed that any time you drive by one, their attention is instantly on it. What you might not know is that they can be surprisingly affordable.
A bounce house rental can be had for 100 to 150 dollars in most areas. That will give you 6 to 8 hours of pure child satisfying activity. Add to that a few balloons, some pizza and a cake and you have the recipe for success.
The great thing about a bounce house is that the kids will have fun and they will be totally exhausted by the end of the day. That gives them a great day and mommy a great night.
Have you seen those large gymnastics buildings, well they are not just for people actively pursuing gymnastics. These places also make themselves available for parties on the weekend.
Like with a bounce house, this will allow your kid to do what they like to do most, bounce. They will also learn about some basics of gymnastics. In any case, you get a structured activity period for your children, that they will love, followed by a room to have food and cake afterwards.
Have A Cookie Party
There are two ways to go about this. You can do the organized, professional route or you can do it all by yourself.
If you are not the do it yourselfer type, you can find a local bakery that has cookie decorating classes. For a few hundred dollars, you can have a group of kids that will have the time of the life. As a big plus, you get to eat the fun at the end of the day.
The great thing about a cookie decorating party is that you can also save a lot of money and do it yourself. Just buy some frosting, sprinkles, candies and make some basic sugar cookies. Then have the kids go to town decorating. For around 20 to 30 dollars, all will have a good time and, once again, you get to eat the cookies at the end.
Create A Kite Party
If the weather will be good at the time of your kids special day, why not spend it at the park. Most cities have parks with Gazebos or covered seating that you can reserve for free or for a little charge.
Reserve a space and then buy what you need to make some homemade kites. All that you need is some string to tie the kite to and some sticks or poles for support. Then get some paper to coat the frame and some markers or paint for the kids to decorate the kites with.
The beauty of a kite party is that you give the kids an outlet to express themselves and then you can let them tire themselves out later by flying the kites. Top it off with some cupcakes and you have a great day.
May 4, 2020
It is finally here, warm weather, and with it comes countless opportunities for outdoor fun. Even better, most of these activities are very cheap or even free. If you are looking to give the kids some things to do without breaking the bank, I have got some great ideas for you. Take a look.
If there is one common denominator between kids it is that they all love bubbles. It is amazing how much fun they can have with just a couple dollars worth of them.
Head to the dollar store and pick up a few bottles on the cheap and then head to the backyard or the park. Even better, if you want to drop an extra 10 dollars, you can get an automatic bubble maker.
2) Sidewalk Chalk
Once a gain, the dollar store is your friend here. A couple bucks and you have enough chalk for dozens of artistic sessions.
Sidewalk chalk gives your kids an outlet that they can use to express themselves and get a little dirty in the process. Best of all, clean up just involves dusting off the kids and spraying down the sidewalk.
3) Flying A Kite
Kites are one of those timeless and cheap activities. With just a few dollars spent and some wide open spaces you can create some memories and even better, kill a lot of free time.
Want to make the event even cheaper and occupy some more of your kids time, why not make your own kites. It is much easier than you think and the kids will love flying them even better.
4) Park Hopping
If you are like most parents, you probably have a favorite park that you take your kids to. Surely your kids love it but wouldn’t something new be much appreciated?
Why not plot out several different parks and spend a few days hopping from park to park. All it costs you is a little time and maybe some gas and you will give the kids something to talk about.
5) Have A Picnic
A picnic might be a bit cheesy in your mind but to kids it is something new and exciting. Anything new is appreciated by children.
When it comes to a picnic you can do it the cheap way by packing a lunch or you can simply run through the drive through and pick up a happy meal. Then take it to a park, a nice lakeside location or even a cool courtyard in an office park.
6) Break Out The Water Guns
A water gun fight can not be underrated. Nothing is more fun for a kid than to be able to spray each other, and you with water. Plus, if things get out of hand, you get to break out the water hose and win the fight.
April 14, 2020
It is almost here, Summer, and while we mostly enjoy having our kids around, it gets old fast. Soon they will be driving you nuts and the cause of this is one simple thing, boredom. Prevent the kids from driving you nuts by keeping them busy.
Now, there are several ways to do that. You can spend a fortune on toys and activities or you can get a little creative. Take a look at a few simple and fun kid activities that involve no or very little money.
You probably have a local park that you visit all the time but kids get bored of the same routine, just as you do. Instead of hitting the same old park every day, why not do a week or two of park hopping.
Choose a new park to go to each and every day. New equipment, new colors and even new kids to play with. Finding all those parks is very easy and there are two ways to do it.
First, you can look at the parks department page on your city and neighboring cities. They should list every park that they maintain.
Another option is to use Google maps. Find your location and scan for parks in the vicinity. They are typically highlighted in green so they are easy to find.
During the Summer, public libraries are always hosting special events for children. This could be story time, puppet shows or similar activities. Check out all of the libraries in your city and surrounding cities and see what is going on. While you have to be a city resident to check out books, you usually do not have to reside in a city to participate in an activity.
Besides events, you can also do something novel at the library, check out books. Get your kid into reading during the Summer and actually send them back to school a little smarter.
Arts & Crafts
While not free, this can be a very cheap activity and when you consider the fun that your kids will have, it is quite a deal.
Gather a bunch of arts and craft supplies and let your kid or kids go to town creating. Shop dollar stores for glue, paints, glitter, etc. For just a few dollars in materials, you can have the base for a pretty good art kit. Add to that some cheap things around the home such as toothpicks, water bottles, paper towel holders, etc.
Once you have all of your supplies, be sure to set your kids up in an easily cleanable location. Outdoors is ideal but the kitchen table can be doable if you have cleaning supplies on hand for the almost guaranteed spill. Be prepared to handle the messes before they become permanent reminders of the day.
Another nearly free activity is fishing. Although not an activity for the very young child, if your kiddo is 6 or older, it can be a fun activity. Learn about getting your kid involved in fishing here.
Kids generally do not require a fishing license so all that you need to buy to make a fishing trip happen is a bit of fishing gear. Kids poles are very inexpensive and nearly free at used marketplaces such as Craigslist. For less than 10 dollars a child, you should be able to put together a fishing kit.