It is hard to keep school-aged children entertained during the cold months of the winter, especially when on a strict budget. Having a 6-year-old, I have come up with several free things to do with children. After school and on the weekend, kids often get bored. They usually want to go places that cost money, such as the movies. When your kids tell you they are bored and you are on a strict budget, consider these five free places to go with your your kids.
1. Pet stores
School-aged children adore pets, making pet stores an excellent, free place to take your kids during the winter. Kids will enjoy looking at fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, and more. Our families favorite pet store, Animal Jungle, allows parents and children to go in aviaries to hold birds, such as parrots. They also provide food for a quarter so children can feed koi fish.
2. Barnes and Noble or other bookstores
Children like to have books read to them or read them to their parents. Bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble, have a section full of children’s books with chairs to sit in. Bookstores are one of the best free places to take your kids during the winter months because it is fun and educational at the same time.
3. The library
Keep warm this winter by taking your school-aged children to the library. Not only can kids read books while there, they can check several out to read at home. In addition, several libraries offer activities in the winter, such as gingerbread decorating contests.
4. Kid-Friendly drives
I realize that some drives are boring for children, but there are kid-friendly drives. Rather than paying to look at holiday lights, drive your children through several lighted neighborhoods to view houses decorated with Christmas lights. This is a great way to save money for those on a strict budget. Make it more fun by playing kid-friendly Christmas music. My daughter’s favorite is Disney’s Snowy Christmas, a CD we have had since her sisters were little. You may even choose to bring along some hot chocolate in kid-friendly mugs.
5. Candle stores
My 6-year-old daughter is absolutely obsessed with smelling candles. School-aged children are intrigued by smelling different scents and knowing the names of the them. Candle stores are a fun, free place to take your kids in the winter. Our favorite is the Yankee Candle store, often found in malls.
Keep warm this winter by enjoying these five free places to take your kids.
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