**This is an updated version of a post orginally published in March 2009.**
The spring-like weather has really got me ready for some outdoor family fun that doesn’t break the bank. Thankfully we live in an area that is loaded with free , or close to it, family fun. Many of which are in most communties.
Back in my hometown, which we still visit often, there is one of the biggest fish hatcheries around. You can feed the fish for about 25¢ and there are numerous trails to walk on, as well as a small museum type thing. If trails aren’t your thing there is also a playground to play on. This type of set up, minus the fish hatchery, is also found in a lot of state parks–which are prominent around me as well as many other areas. State Conservation centers are also a great place to take kids to learn about the outdoors. Many of them have workshops, and trails as well.
We have also had the pleasure of visiting various rivers, and the parks that accompany them. This has been a lot of fun for us. There is no telling what we will find while out looking!
Even if you stumble upon a rainy day, there is still frugal family fun to be had–visit your local library and let your imaginations run. Most libraries, even our teeny one, have summer programs for the kids with various different activities. If leaving the house isn’t something you are up for on a rainy day (I like to stay home on these days personally) make it an indoor craft day, play with play-dough (or moon sand which is favorite in my house), or construct a big building out of popsicle sticks–or a ship and see if it will float in the bathtub!
Having fun family days don’t have to break the bank, or cost much money at all, to be memorable.
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday: “Mom I’m Bored” Edition