In my recent post on exploring museums at an early age, I express my opinion on why I’ve been taking my daughter to art shows, museums and other establishments that you may not put at the top of the list when thinking about restless, loud and boisterous kids. While we enjoy making day-long outings of these adventures, sometimes there simply isn’t enough time. Most days I work at night, so there are plenty of times when I’m rushing to squeeze in all the fun in a short amount of time. Luckily, adventure isn’t that far away! Yes, it’s fun to explore the backyard or local park and playground, but sometimes the weather or the desire for a change of scenery doesn’t cooperate. However, there are plenty of fun activities for young kids everywhere you look during the summer! And luckily for money conscious moms like myself, most are free or low cost! Here are just a few things offered by your local establishments that we’ve found fun to check out.
Disney Store Summer Play Days
This is my daughter’s favorite free activity to do. Yes, she enjoys the different activities that the store has such as an interactive story time, art of drawing and trivia. But her favorite thing is collecting all of the fun Tsum Tsum bracelets each week. We learned about the program last summer and my daughter collected quite a few pins to place on a lanyard that was given to her by the store. This year it’s the bracelets and an even bigger hit! The bracelet changes each week and if you can collect all of them you receive 2 special ones at the end of the program. So far she’s collected all of the Finding Dory characters and next up is Zootopia’s lovable Nick and Judy. Did I mention it’s free??? Is it available by you? Check it out here!
Local Library Activities
Our library is an excellent place for fun and free activities. They have bubble shows, princess story time, fairy camp, visitors from local animal shelters and so many other cool themes for the kids to enjoy. It’s a great break from the usual house or park activities while not taking up a whole day.
Michael’s Camp Creativity
I took my daughter to an “under the sea” themed class at Michael’s Craft Store this week with her friends. While I was a little disappointed when they told us it would only be a 30 minute craft class (we thought is was going to be 2 hrs!), I was pleased that my daughter and her friends had a great time. The class was actually about an hour and a half and the girls left with 3 crafts and a cute drawstring bag to take everything home in. The classes are cheap (only 3 classes for $12!), include all of the crafting materials and the themes change every week. Also a nice break from playing craft maker mommy! And don’t believe it when they tell you that 3 crafts will only take 30 minutes!
These are just some of the things we’ve done so far. There’s plenty more to do at your local establishments (think Toys r Us, Home Depot, farms/gardens and for older kids, Apple). All you have to do is look or ask. Would love to hear some of the things you’ve found! Share away!
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