As a stay-at-home mom in a single-income household, I’m always looking for free and fun ways to keep the kids entertained and learning.
Over the years, I’ve found many ways to achieve this goal, and I’m now sharing a few.
Until I had kids, I kind of forgot about libraries, and shame on me. They’re marvelous! Every public library I’ve seen has a children’s storytime, and it’s a fantastic way to get your kids excited about books. Besides introducing the idea of sitting and listening for a short period of time, these are great places to meet up with friends and pass the time.
Our local library has events and classes, too. Most require registration, but all are free to the public.
2. Craft stores
Chain craft stores will often have free events for children, usually on weekends. These events build on your child’s fine motor skills and ability to follow instructions. At the end of it, they’ll have something to bring home that they made themselves.
3. Home improvement stores
In the US, we have Home Depot, which isn’t something I considered for a children’s activity, but it offers workshops for preschool-aged children and older. The kids even get their own tiny work apron to take home. They have fun while building skills, using their creativity, and learning safety around household tools.
Shopping malls often have free events during the day. I’ve seen craft events, storytime at the Disney Store, and preschool exercise classes. Again, this is fun for the children and a useful introduction to listening skills they’ll need later for school.
I like to challenge myself to see how little money I can spend in a week while keeping the kids excited and entertained. You can check websites for local businesses or simply ask around. Chances are there are free activities and resources you may not be aware of.
Pack a lunch, plan the day correctly, and you might make fun, long-lasting memories with your kids with little to no dent in your wallet.