Even families who enjoy lodging and spending time at home are starting to feel the need to get out and have adventures as the weather heats up. Although spring break is officially over, there’s still plenty to do with the kids and ways to hang out and enjoy the warmer weather. After staying indoors for what feels like forever, getting out is what most of us need. Being a mom of 3 myself, I’m always looking for new ideas for inexpensive and/or free things to do in my city. While I like to keep my kids and myself active, I also want to save a bit when I can. I live in a big city so there are always new things to do and explore. However, here are some ideas for things you can do in your city, big or small.
Take a walk in nature
Nature means everywhere! You don’t have to go to a large park or a trail to enjoy what nature has to offer. This can be as simple as a walk around your neighborhood. If you have young children like me, a natural scavenger hunt is always fun. See who can find a certain color of leaves, flowers, rocks, etc. You can also check out your local community’s public garden if that’s where you live.
Ride a bike/scooter
My kids love riding their bikes and scooters ANYWHERE. This is a great way to get active together as a family because most people can ride one or the other. Just make sure you have the proper safety equipment!
Attend street fairs/festivals
As the weather warms up, street fairs and festivals begin to appear. While you can spend a little money here on street food (or bubble wands), this is the perfect opportunity to support the local vendors in your city. There is also the opportunity to discover new products and/or businesses that you may want to support in the future.
Go on a picnic
Pack your favorite snacks and enjoy eating out! Bring your family’s favorite books or outdoor toys and spend a few hours enjoying the warm weather.
Go to your local library
The library still exists! With so much exposure to digital products, I often forget the joy that comes from doing simple things like going to the library. Getting a library card is free (and was a big deal when I was a kid) and the first trip can be extremely special for kids! You should also check out the program at your local library, as some still offer free activities and story hours for kids.
Play outdoor games
In addition to traditional sports such as football, basketball, etc., there are many creative outdoor games that you can play with the whole family. Break the chalk and draw the hopscotch board. You can also jump rope or play games like “Red Lights, Green Lights”.
Have a bubble party
Because who doesn’t love bubbles? And local 99 cent stores sell tons of cheap bubble solutions and bubble generators. Balloons keep my young kids entertained for hours at no cost.
Into the garden
Grow flowers, fruits, vegetables or whatever you want to see grow! And if you happen to live in a big city that doesn’t really enjoy gardening, check out your local community garden and take a class. There are also classes offered at certain home improvement stores for free or low cost.
Check out a new park
Venture a little beyond your usual playground and discover a new one. This creates a chance to potentially make new friends. Also, I find that all parks are not the same! So walk a little further as that splash pad in another playground can be well worth it!
Go to a smaller museum/zoo
In a city with many large museums, smaller local museums are often a fraction of the cost and tend to share more community history. Check the calendar for sale or half-price dates and enjoy!
As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to think of ideas to get your family out of the house. But with a little research and creativity, you’ll find that your city (large or small) has a lot to offer!
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