There are 16 days until the official day of Spring but we live in CT so anything can happen. Phew! Beating cabin fever blues is my daily challenge. Every day when Rock crawls into bed with me he whispers, “Mami what are we going to do today?” Twice a week I get to say preschool but three long days of the week it’s nothing unless I plan something.
As a parent on a budget I have searched the web and parenting magazines for ideas on activities to entertain kids during the winter months and I have found a lot of arts and crafts and DIY activities but I have two active little boys (I mean just look at them) and there is just so much sitting down and sitting still activities we can do each day.
So let me share with you some of my recession a.k.a. free or minimal cost activities we partake in.
Power of a Membership
I am very fortunate I have two children’s museums, a zoo and an aquarium within 25 minutes of me. We have a family membership to a museum and another to a zoo. It cost us $100 dollars for one year to each. I know it sounds like a lot for those memberships but it gives me unlimited admission to the places and discounts in food and shopping. They are ONLY closed four days of the year! At a minimum if I go twice with the family we already made money back. Plus you are helping a great organization! I have hosted X birthday party (with a member discount) there. Both organizations have changing exhibits and different members’ only events. What is extra nice both have big indoor areas to play or attractions so we can get out of the house but not be in the cold.
Power of Town Hall
We live in a small town in Connecticut and since I have become a stay at home Mami I have been in awe of just how many town run activities are available to us.
Just to name a few:
- Huge library with large selection of books, DVDs and kids programs. Cost:$0
- Town parks and playgrounds. We have over 10! Cost:$0
- Classes and kids programs. Cost: up to $45 for 8 weeks!
So once a week we go to the library. We LOVE the library not only does it offer huge selection to borrow they even have Museum pass that you can borrow for 3 days that gives you one day family memberships to local museums (that we don’t have memberships too)!
We have mapped out the local parks and playgrounds and go somewhere different every expedition out. Each place has a different appeal. Our favorite parks have a pond and a two pirate ship themed play grounds.
Lastly, the kid class programs give my little men the social interactions they crave for a mere $5 a class!
Now I want to hear from you! No matter if you work from home or outside how do you keep your kids or YOURSELF entertained during the winter months?