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Keeping Them Busy Without Breaking the Bank - 8 Free Activities for Kids
Keeping kids entertained can be a challenge especially during school breaks. Use these tips to get out of the house and keep your wallet closed!
Contact Your Local Library
We all know that libraries are free but did you know that most libraries offer free story times for kids. Many libraries also offer free craft projects around special holidays such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check with your local library for a list of activities.
Go to a Park
This one is obvious and anyone that has kids probably does it all the time. But when was the last time you tried a new park? Contact your local parks and recreation department and find a new park. Maybe there is a great one on the other side of town that would be worth the drive.
Rent a Movie
I know what you are thinking, "Last time a checked, renting a movie costs money." Well, it doesn't have to. Sign up for the RedBox Text Club and receive a promo code for a free movie every month.
Visit Your Local Animal Shelter
This can be lots of fun and a great learning experience for your kids. Make it clear to your kids that you are not going to adopt an animal so there is no disappointment. Animal shelters are often in need of donations such as old sheets, blankets, and towels. Clean out your linen closet before you go and teach your kids a lesson in charity.
Take a Factory Tour
Many factories around the country, such as Jelly Belly in Fairfield, California, offer complimentary tours. Go to FactoryToursUSA.com to see what's available in your area.
Visit Your Local Home Improvement Warehouse
Both Lowe's and Home Depot offer free classes for kids where they can learn to use tools, wear an apron and build something that they can take home with them. Contact your local store for more information.
Feed the Ducks
Find a local pond and feed the ducks. Save up bread heals and stale bread in a bag in the freezer until you have enough to make your trip worth while. You can also feed ducks with stale crackers and leftover cooked rice.
Go on a Treasure Hunt
Do you have a Smartphone or a GPS device? Take your kids geocaching. Geocaching is a real life treasure hunting game where players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a GPS-enabled device. Go to geocaching.com for more information.