Looking for some great places for free family fun? Here are a few places to start.
There is very little in life that is offered for free these days, especially when it comes to family fun. Finding something fun to do for a whole family can easily get into the hundreds of dollars for a few hours of entertainment. With my 3 littles (5,4, and 2) spending can get out of control fast. So I went in search of fun (and educational!) things to do with my little brood. Here are some of the wonderful things I found.
- Lowe’s Build and Grow-We had such a blast this past weekend at Lowe’s making this cool rescue boat. If you haven’t checked out your local Lowe’s for a Build and Grow Workshop, now is the time. They are FREE for children and mine have loved everything that they have made so far. In the past, we’ve made bird houses, monster trucks, and race cars. The next one coming up is for ornaments and a keepsake box is on schedule after that.
All you need to do is register online and reserve your spot. Lowe’s will send you a waiver. Print it out, sign it, and take it with you. They have a place in the store all set up to work. They will give you a kit and you can get started. Once you finish, you can get a little certificate and badge. If your kiddo really likes these workshops, you can invest in your very own tool kit, complete with workshop apron that you can iron on all of your badges for each completed project. The original kits usually come with stickers to decorate your project, but (my girls especially) like to bring theirs home and paint them instead. Big Man is more of a rule follower, so he spends his time lining up all the stickers just right.
Now, fair warning, these workshops can get very, very, very loud so if you have kiddos sensitive to loud sounds, you may want to bring ear protection, and some Tylenol for you! You never will know what can happen with little kids, hammers, and nails!
Here are some pics from our most recent workshop at Lowe’s
- Home Depot Kids Workshops If you don’t have a Lowe’s nearby, you are in luck, Home Depot offers a very similar program for your littles. We are already signed up for next week; they will be making a fire truck!
- Check Your Local Parks and Recreation We are lucky to have a very active Parks and Recreation Committee in our county. They often have events like family movie night in the park, Halloween walks, and Safety Events with Police and Firefighters. Your local county or city will have a wealth of information available on their website-check it out so you don’t miss out on anything!
- Check Your Local Library Libraries are AMAZING resources for family activities. Our local library has activities for infants through seniors and everything in between. They have learning and education classes, art and story times for children, and really awesome programs meant to foster a love of reading and learning for everyone in your family.
There really are some wonderful things to do for FREE for your whole family- you just have to get out there and find them. With a little planning and a little research, you will see that there is a great deal of fun to be had while sticking tight to your wallet. What fun free things does your family like to do?