Parents are way to quick to give into their kids every desire these days. However, with the current economy it is the time more than ever for parents to find thrifty ways to entertain their children. It is not a bad lesson for the children either. Here are some great choices to get you started:
1) Both Lowes and Home Depot offer FREE monthly or bi-monthly building clinics for elementary aged children. Find out more at http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/ and http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Kids_Workshops&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&cm_mmc=THD_marketing-_-Clinics_site-_-Digitas-_-KidsClinics
2) Check out your local library. Folks -- its not just for books!! My children have attended magic shows, animal shows, movie showings, tea parties, story times, and more. All for FREE. Not to mention that they also offer DVDs and books on CDs. They might not have the latest movies, but they often have the classics.
3) Want to expose your children to the theatre or concerts? Why not check out what local High School's have to offer? The tickets are cheap and it might be just the pace you need for younger viewers.
4) Want to go to the movies? Try going to a matinee or check out a movie theatre that shows second run movies (usually for $2 or $3 bucks). Not free, but not bad for an occasional outing.
5) As spring rolls around, why not consider having a picnic in the park. Another similar idea is a family hike and picnic.