While our blended family doesn’t fall into supersize Duggar-style territory, our gang is definitely big by today’s smaller-family-size standards. Having a larger brood of kids means that over the years, I’ve had to carefully pick and choose which special events and activities are worth the entertainment dollars that I have to equitably stretch across multiple offspring.
With four children still at home, buying enough tickets for things like a trip to an amusement park, an evening sporting event, a day at the zoo, or even dinner at a restaurant can really add up, so we generally save those bigger entertainment spends for special occasions.
However, over time, I’ve curated my own go-to list of free and low cost, yet reliably fun activities for Jon and me to enjoy with the kids on weekends and during school holidays. These are things that are close to home, easy to access, and which generally hold some interest for kids of different ages.
Below, I’ve pulled together a list of my five favorite, tried and true budget-conscious activities and events for kids. Although I have many other favorite freebie activities (like feeding bread to the ducks at Fountain City Lake), I picked these five to share with y’all because they aren’t specific to my own hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Instead, each of these activities of should be available in some form or fashion wherever you happen to live in the U.S.
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Now that you’ve checked out my list, I’d really love to hear your own ideas and recommendations for “fun on the cheap” outings and events because I’m always looking for new ideas for my “entertain the kids” bag o’tricks. So tell me, what are some things you’ve discovered to entertain your kids that don’t cost a fortune. Bonus points for ideas that are likely to be available wherever other readers happen to live (meaning the activities aren’t super-specific to your neck o’ the woods)
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