Like many others, I found myself unemployed for several months during the summer. Daycare was not an option since money was not readily available so I had to step into unknown waters – I became a temporary stay at home mom. Let me tell you, it is a wonderful job but here I was in the height of summer with no way of entertaining my boisterous child. So, I wanted to share with you my ideas I used to make it a fun “free” summer.
1 – Scope out the mommy groups. One quick google search provided me with multiple mommy group websites right in my area. Many had events and activities that were free to all mommies (and daddies) in the area.
2 – Bury me in books. My local library had many free activities like storybook time and dance stories. Though my kid did not enjoy some of these events, they were free and it gave us something to look forward to if other options were not available.
3 – Your tax dollars pay for it so use it. Parks, monuments, farms, and playgrounds are free. Take advantage of it. We were able to visit a county owned farm and learn about the animals all for free.
4 – Get the insider info. Local places like movie theaters and museums have free days during the summer months. This is a great way to see an older movie at the theater. Chances are, it may be old to you but movies always look better on the big screen. A local museum here charged $15 for parking but if you come after 4pm, parking is free. We got to park for free and enjoy the museum for over an hour! More than enough time for a little one.
5 – There is a free lunch! If you don’t want to pack a lunch, find a free lunch. A quick google search of “kids eat free” will give you a list of local restaurants in your area that offer free food to kids. What a great way to treat yourself and child without emptying your wallet.
6 – Stay-cation. Yep, I said it. Bring the beach home with fun activities and trips to the community pool. Visit distant lands by visiting local playgrounds. All of the world’s adventures are right out your back door. Go outside and enjoy mother earth.