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ekatiel
05-22-2010, 07:52 PM
So, I'm a SAHM of 2 boys (almost 4 and almost 6 years old). Preschool ended on Thursday :scared1:. It is now officially "summer" for us!!! I've budgeted us $100/month to spend on activities together. I've also included an extra $40/month in our restaurant budget (I figure that gets the boys and I either Chick-fil-a or McDonalds about once a week). SO, can you guys help me fill up our schedule with cheap/free activities? Here's what I've got so far:

--Library at least once per week (our local library has activities planned twice a week in the afternoons).
--Cinemark's summer movie club on Tuesday mornings ($5 for 10 movies), plus cost of snacks.
--I'm going to buy season passes to a place called Palm Beach in Galveston (which is about 30 minutes away). Passes are $30 each, and it is WAY cooler than our local pool which is only open from 1-5pm and costs $75 for a family season pass. I will buy these passes in advance, so it won't come out of my "budget money"
--Eat "out" once a week together and let the kids play in the play place.

We live in the Houston area, if that helps anyone (Friendswood, to be exact). There aren't any "free bowling" chains around here. What else can we do? --Katie

ajk912
05-22-2010, 07:56 PM
That sounds like plenty. By the time you relax a bit, play board games or do laundry or do whatever you do..and then whatever required reading/homework your school requires over the summer..you won't have as much time to kill as you think. ;) We are usually just fine with a pool membership and our beach vacation. But one of my kids have extended school year, and then we have church VBS and then their fall activities usually start up again in August. We enjoy the downtime as much as possible!

FoundMyPrince
05-22-2010, 07:58 PM
Home Depot Kids Workshops

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic

teacup princess
05-22-2010, 07:59 PM
I'm not sure about your area, but our Home Depot has free kids workshops (build a toolbox, birdhouse ect.) That might interest your boys and help kill a morning or two.

Lisa_M
05-22-2010, 08:04 PM
Take them to the park or let them run through the sprinkler in your yard. Both free :) You could also have an arts and crafts day, like painting or making stuff.

Happy Summer!

casjen
05-22-2010, 08:05 PM
zoo, or other fun kid spot. Admission is usually very discounted. I can request passes online 3 months in advance and the good ones go fast. Be sure to look into that.

IndianaPrincess
05-22-2010, 08:10 PM
This is so nerdy that I am afraid to admit it, but it is ALWAYS a big hit here.

Make a list of all your area dollar stores and then whenever you need a filler activity (or a once a week thing) you go into the dollar store and each person gets a buck to pick out anything they want!!!

This can even lead into other activities like water balloon fight or kite flying! I'll admit I even enjoy spending my dollar! It's fun to have to only pick one thing!

disneydreamingdebby
05-22-2010, 08:13 PM
zoo and or museum membership?

rmom50
05-22-2010, 08:23 PM
hi! our town has a free day at all museums. Once a month usually. check their web sites. i think if they are non profit they have to have a free day here. It's not always easy to find that info - may have to call. Also, if you have an Arts Council of some kind or tourism bureau or whatever - they usually have that info. You CAN find free stuff - we always did when my kids were younger! :woohoo:

DisneyAndRedSox
05-22-2010, 08:33 PM
I second the recommendation of free or reduced passes at the library for museums and zoos. At my library we can book them online pretty far in advance.
Check out the Entertainment Book, this time of year they are cheap and they have a lot of BOGO coupons, just used mine at a zoo yesterday and saved $18. My Mom has one and lets me take all the kids coupons and mini golf, etc...

ekatiel
05-22-2010, 08:41 PM
This is so nerdy that I am afraid to admit it, but it is ALWAYS a big hit here.

Make a list of all your area dollar stores and then whenever you need a filler activity (or a once a week thing) you go into the dollar store and each person gets a buck to pick out anything they want!!!

This can even lead into other activities like water balloon fight or kite flying! I'll admit I even enjoy spending my dollar! It's fun to have to only pick one thing!

This is actually a GREAT idea!!! I love being able to take them to the dollar store and tell them that they can pick out anything they want!!!

zoo, or other fun kid spot. Admission is usually very discounted. I can request passes online 3 months in advance and the good ones go fast. Be sure to look into that.

I will definitely check the library for discounted tickets. Thanks for the heads-up!

I second the recommendation of free or reduced passes at the library for museums and zoos. At my library we can book them online pretty far in advance.
Check out the Entertainment Book, this time of year they are cheap and they have a lot of BOGO coupons, just used mine at a zoo yesterday and saved $18. My Mom has one and lets me take all the kids coupons and mini golf, etc...

My mom has an entertainment book, too. I'll have to snag hers and look through it!

Thanks for all the suggestions, guys, keep 'em coming!! --Katie

FoundMyPrince
05-22-2010, 08:45 PM
http://www.jelleyjar.com/life/houston.html

fakereadhed
05-22-2010, 08:57 PM
Join an area playgroup or start your own! Call all the preschool moms and plan to meet up once a week(or more) at a local park. I bet the other parents are in the same boat as you.

Aunt Flancy
05-22-2010, 09:06 PM
www.kidsbowlfree.com

2TxAgs
05-22-2010, 09:22 PM
Fun/free things at home...

Sheets over chairs can become forts or caves.

Also, you can make obstacle courses at home - lay down cushions, chairs, etc.

Bowling with a basketball - pins made from plastic soda/water bottles

Food art - use pasta, beans, lentils, glue, sequins, etc to make pictures

We used felt and markers and googly eyes to make finger puppets - pirates, polar
bears, etc. I used a great book that I bought at a bookfair on rainy day activities for kids. Check at the library.

Bean bag toss, 3 legged races, soccer, jumprope

Cardboard boxes (especially big ones) can become cars, trains, forts

Cook - make cookies and take them to the local firestation. Look at the firetrucks while you're there

Go watch the big kids - when mine were little, sometimes we'd go watch the HS band practice, or we'd go to the skatepark to see the big kids skate. My son loved to see what older boys were doing.

I second the sprinkler in the yard. Also, one of those slip 'n slides or a kiddie pool could be brought out each afternoon. Get water guns and let them go at it in the kiddie pool.

pigletto
05-22-2010, 09:26 PM
Picnics. At the park, near a lake, in the back yard, in the rec room if it's raining. My kids simply love picnics.
Make a fort out of anything. Camp in the backyard. Start a small indoor or outdoor garden with the kids (this one lends itself to a daily watering, checking, weeding activity and makes them so proud!)
Chalk in the driveway, ride bikes, body paint with pudding (best done with a hose nearby!), visits to local parks where you can hike a little or play with a ball.

I tend to focus on free or nearly free.. because at that age all they want is your time and attention.

EnchantedPrincess
05-22-2010, 09:49 PM
Hi! We are in Friendswood as well and probably doing some of activities at the Friendswood library as well. My kids also love Freeman library. How about picnic at the park - Challenger park is one of our favorites although occasionally we take the drive out to Bay Area Area.

Edited to add: Have you been to Discovery Green downtown? There is a park with water fountains and playground. Really fun for the kids.

zachsmomie
05-22-2010, 10:02 PM
What about making, and then playing with, homemade play-doh/fingerpaint? Sidewalk chalk, watercolor paint sets are cheap and if you draw write something in white crayon on a piece of white paper/index card and they color over it, it magically appears.

Videotape them playing/at the zoo/water park and then play it back on rainy days. Kids love to see themselves on TV!

cheriemek
05-22-2010, 10:09 PM
This is so nerdy that I am afraid to admit it, but it is ALWAYS a big hit here.

Make a list of all your area dollar stores and then whenever you need a filler activity (or a once a week thing) you go into the dollar store and each person gets a buck to pick out anything they want!!!

This can even lead into other activities like water balloon fight or kite flying! I'll admit I even enjoy spending my dollar! It's fun to have to only pick one thing!

I was going to suggest the same thing!

Akmayeli
05-22-2010, 10:19 PM
We are in Friendswood also. There are several parks in the area so make a list and try out a new one each week. You could also go to JumpNJungle or Funmax for those really hot summer days. I'm not sure of their prices but I would go on their websites and see if they have any printable coupons. Also, as someone else suggested too start a playgroup or join one. I am part of one called Clear Lake Kiddos and my son has a blast just going over too other people's houses to play. Oh, also we got a zoo membership last year for $45 for the entire family. I thought that was pretty cheap. Last but nor least, my kids love to go to Kemah Boardwalk to play in the sprinklers by the aquarium.

Amandaj0831
05-22-2010, 11:05 PM
1/2 price books has a summer reading club where every week if you read to your kids for 15 min they get 3 toword a new book. My girls loved that. There is always chuck e cheese and pools as well.

dreamin_disney
05-23-2010, 04:44 AM
DD and I like free/$1 summer movies at the movie theater
-regal
-AMC

Barnes and Nobles -dd loves book and uses her B-day Giftcard to buy books and she also does the summer reading program. Read 6 books(I think 6-8) and get one book free.

When dd was younger we would have lunch at McDonalds and she would play in the indoor playground.

Chuck E. Cheese play $5-$10 plus turn in reportcard for extra tokens and have lunch at home or fastfood

powellrj
05-23-2010, 05:05 AM
One thing we use to do was yard sale. We would get the paper out and map our day and then take off. I would drive and DS would stalk them out, and let me know if he thought it was worth the stop. DS is an adult now, but he said he still can't drive by a yard sale without thinking, Old People stuff, girl stuff, looks good. He even remembers some of our better stops after all these years!

DisneyAndRedSox
05-23-2010, 05:08 AM
Just thought of something else...

Any minor league teams nearby? My DD is 4 and wants to go to a baseball game. Fenway would run into the hundreds, so we are taking her to a PawSox game (Providence, RI). General admission seats are $5 for kids and $7 for adults and this Friday night the first 3,000 kids get a free Webkinz!

Any drive-in movies? Here it is $20 a carload.

ctinct
05-23-2010, 06:21 AM
While you are at the library, check out books for suggestions of free things to do. I own copies of titles like Backyard Fun, Nature Fun, 365 TV Free Things to Do, etc. They are filled with inexpensive , fun things to do. Also browse through back copies of Family Fun magazine. My youngest is 16, but I still subscribe to Family Fun, more for travel and cooking ideas now, but it has tons of creative stuff to do in every issue.

EnchantedPrincess
05-23-2010, 06:26 AM
We are in Friendswood also. There are several parks in the area so make a list and try out a new one each week. You could also go to JumpNJungle or Funmax for those really hot summer days. I'm not sure of their prices but I would go on their websites and see if they have any printable coupons. Also, as someone else suggested too start a playgroup or join one. I am part of one called Clear Lake Kiddos and my son has a blast just going over too other people's houses to play. Oh, also we got a zoo membership last year for $45 for the entire family. I thought that was pretty cheap. Last but nor least, my kids love to go to Kemah Boardwalk to play in the sprinklers by the aquarium.

My kids love Funmax. I think it's either $7 or $8 but I rarely see any coupons for them.

EnchantedPrincess
05-23-2010, 06:31 AM
If you pick up a copy of Space City Parents - they usually have them at the library, they list all the activities in the area for the whole month.

MomofSixinSC
05-23-2010, 06:46 AM
Ther eis a fun, inexpensive homeschool curriculum called Before Five in a Row. You can probably get it pretty cheaply on e-bay. You read a children's book to the children, then do a learning activity drawn from the book. My children loved it. You can get the children's books from the library.

libraryfreak
05-23-2010, 07:28 AM
When my kids were that age, one of the moms made a schedule up for summer of parks. Each week was a different park. We would meet Wednesday at 10 am, kids would play, we would have lunch and then each week a different family would bring supplies for the kids to have "craft time." It was nice having the schedule pre-made for the summer.

How about doing science projects? Volcano's, egg heads (grow grass in eggs and draw faces on the eggs so the grass looks like hair)... I had a great book, "Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions" that I used regularly. There are lots of those type of books at the library (since you're going anyway).

Garage Sales! Give each kid $3 and when it's gone it's gone. My kids LOVED garage sales. You can get lots of stuff for so little money. And then if they only play with it for five minutes, who cares? Then you can resell it at your sale.

Day Camping. We would go to our local state park, set up the tent, hike, fish, etc, cook lunch, yada yada, cook supper, have a fire... then take down the tent and go home. For fishing - we only had one rod, and I knew that wasn't going to work. So I had them find a nice stick on our hike, tied fishing line to it, put hooks on the end and wa la! My daughter caught 8 fish that day and my son 11! It also taught them you don't need expensive equipment. Granted, they only caught blue gill, but that didn't matter. It was exciting to catch a fish.

I made my kids read 20 minutes a day. If your 4 year isn't reading yet, have him look at books for the time. I think it makes a difference in their reading level when they start school again in the fall. I believe it's one of those, use it or lose it skills.

Cook. Again, there are books at the library for cooking with your kids.

Hope you like some of these ideas, and enjoy your summer. This is such a great age! Soon they'll be teenagers.

mrsbornkuntry
05-23-2010, 10:05 AM
I joined a couple websites that offer discounts on local places, I started a thread on them awhile ago and there are more suggestions of websites that do that on it. The ones I belong to right now are Twongo.com and groupon.com . They don't always have stuff I can use, but so far I've gotten good deals on a local fun center place (go-karts, mini golf, laser tag) and a bounce house place.

It sounds like you have a lot of good ideas, don't forget to just relax and let them come up with their own things to do. And don't discount the value of chasing fireflies, running through the sprinkler, or rolling cars on a chalk road.

nicki.momof3
05-23-2010, 10:09 AM
I am not sure about the park systems and zoo's and muesums in your town but this is what we do every year.

We purchase a science center family pass $60 - it gets us into 5 science centers within a 40 minute drive - good all year long.

Zoo pass - again a family pass $65 - fun all year

Metro park pass - $20 - access to 10 metro parks in the area - great summer fun.

bitty246
05-23-2010, 10:26 AM
Subbing to this thread! You all have some great ideas!! :thumbsup2

Get a roll of craft paper and some fingerpaints. Set it up outside and let them create a masterpiece. This is a good time to get out those messy popsicles for a treat as well! When they're done, bring out the sprinkler or the water hose and let them go to town! I know how hot it gets in Texas during the summer.. I'd plan as many wet activities as possible!

Oh yeah, I was also going to suggest a pick your own Farm or berry patch. Great way to expose your children to agriculture and then you can select a recipe to make together!

bas71873
05-23-2010, 10:59 AM
www.kidsbowlfree.com

THIS is awesome. THANKS!!!!!!! We are all signed up and did the family pass too!

sameyeyam
05-23-2010, 11:34 AM
Free movies at Regal Cinemas. See the link below. Just put in your state and it will show the dates. My daycare provider took the kids once a week when they were little. Just be sure to feed them beforehand or you'll be stuck with paying the high theater snack prices.:thumbsup2

They are not first run movies, but all are G or PG and who doesn't love seeing some of your favorites on the big screen again. They are usually shown during the day, so it's mainly mom's & kids and you don't need to worry about noisy kids at the theater.:thumbsup2

http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx

ekatiel
05-23-2010, 01:42 PM
Thanks for all the great ideas, guys. I talked to some ladies at church today, and we're going to try and do the whole meet at a different park once a week thing! Our schedule is filling up!! I also looked in my Mom's Entertainment book, and there's some good BOGO coupons in there for the Natural History Museum, a local wildlife park (where they drive you on a tram through all kids of animals), and several putt putt and bouncy places! I'm thinking we'll do once of these pricier activites every week or every other week (depending on their cost). I don't feel quite as intimidated by summer now! :thumbsup2 --Katie

fakereadhed
05-23-2010, 02:40 PM
If you get a large enough group of kids for your playgroup(10-15 or more) you can usually arrange tours at local businesses(some will include freebies for the kids) or get group rates at local attractions. Our group has toured McDs(kids loved seeing behind the scenes there), fire dept, police dept, local library(they did private story time for us), grocery store, etc. All you have to do is ask!

bas71873
05-23-2010, 04:53 PM
If you have a Whole Foods nearby, they did a free kids cooking class once a week last summer (it was Thursdays here last summer).

Also, Barnes & Noble has story time and other activities in the summer. They have a summer reading program too and if you kid reads X number of books over the summer (it's on the honor system and you have to sign off) they get to choose a free book. Check it out on their website!

gandycat
05-23-2010, 06:03 PM
These are probably repeats, but here goes!

My kids love, love, love hiking and having picnics. We do trails that take 30-60 minutes and pack a lunch. We often end up at a nearby park. I try to find parks that they've never been to before, and do a couple of those a month.

I love getting memberships so we can pay once and go whenever we want. I especially like that we can go for an hour or two instead of feeling like we need to go all day b/c we paid so much to get in.

Do you have state parks near you? My kids love to swim in the lakes in our nearby state parks. They are free and we pack a lunch.

Have a movie night at home with popcorn and invite their friends over.

If you have a tent, camping out on the deck or in the yard is a lot of fun.

Check out libraries that are not the one nearest you and see what storytimes and kids' programs they have. I have to say the library that in a town about 10 minutes away has tons more stuff to offer than my local one (it's a bit more affluent).

Oh, and check out meetup.com for local playgroups. Most cities have a number to choose from.

Have fun!

Aunt Flancy
05-23-2010, 06:13 PM
THIS is awesome. THANKS!!!!!!! We are all signed up and did the family pass too!

That's what we got too. I was able to put the teenagers on the family pass, so everyone can go!
You do have to pay for your own shoes at most places, but we were thinking about checking out the thrift stores.

Liltx
05-23-2010, 08:00 PM
Houston is our cheap weekend trips in the summer. We are from San Antonio.
We stay downtown at the Hilton through Priceline for around $50 a night. They love the green park across the street. We also take the rail to the museum district and some of them are free on certain nights (Tues I think?). We also go to an astros game and sit in the outfield for $7 for adults and $1 for kids. Don't forget the Miller outdoor theater for the free shows.

My kiddos (girls age 5 and 7) will be doing the following:
vacation Bible school- this takes up morning for a week and they love it!
swimming every evening from 4-6
swim lessons once a week on Sunday evenings
park and storytime every Tuesday (our are right together)
free movies on Wednesdays
indoor playplace Emerald Rainbow
Clay Casa Pottery
Art Works- drop in art $5 for kids
Zoo
Sea World- my parents bought them passes for only $49 each
Children's Museum
Chuck E Cheese for games only no pizza
Roller skating- moms can walk little ones around the rink
Gym kids club- they like this and we do it first thing in the morning so I can get my workout out of the way before hitting other activities at around 10 am
visit my brother who happens to live 15 minutes from the beach- use those relatives for cheap vacations if you can

AT Home:
Many playdates
Netflix for the kiddos- one movie at a time is $5 a month and the kids love to pick what's coming next, we usually get two per week in the summer because we watch and return so fast
watering the plants with watering cans
playing with paintbrushes, roller, buckets and water
tons of art supplies
make playdough
make ice cream in ziploc bags- cream, sugar, vanilla, ice and rocksalt
bake cookies, cupcakes, muffins etc and share outside with the nieghbors
sit out front with the neighbors and enjoy a beer for me and popsicles for the kids
dollar store glow bracelets
Friday night sleepovers at grandma and papas
hour and a half long rests mid afternoon- this is a rule in my house, we all need alone time

We keep really busy. I do have budgeted $60 a week though.
I am also bumping up my housekeeper to everyweek since the house will have more wear and tear from us being home. But I have no childcare cost during this time since I am a teacher so I am actually saving a bit of money!

lorac4disney
05-23-2010, 10:43 PM
While this may not sound like your typical idea of family "fun", I believe that it is a very important family activity regardless of the age of the participants.

While looking for things to do, we volunteer. Not only does it enrich your lives, but it also enriches the lives of the people you touch. For our family, it is very important that we give back in whatever way we can. To me, time is more valuable than money.

It doesn't have to be anything huge either. Some of my best childhood memories are of visiting the local nursing home and spending time with the residents there. It was a win-win. As a small child, I got massive amounts of attention and affection from people who became like family to me while they got to "adopt" me and my siblings while their own families weren't able to be there. My kids were shy at first. Now they love it.

My Dad taught us to look after our neighbors. I spent many days cutting grass and planting flowers for my neighbors. Being nearly shut in, they looked forward to our visits and would always bake us the best goodies. My kids now make the same rounds I did.

We also spent a lot of time playing at the local park. That's where I learned to play tennis. Didn't cost a dime except to buy a racket and some balls. Wal-mart has some cheap ones.

Go fishing. Doesn't cost much after the initial investment in some poles, but instills a love of nature. I've found the best place to buy really cheap ones is at garage sales. Sometimes they give them away for free if it's for a child. Believe me, they NEVER forget the time they caught their first fish.

Another thing you might try is to contact your local 4H office. Sometimes they can hook you up with people who give free horseback riding lessons in exchange for volunteer work (cleaning stalls, feeding horses, etc.). I got my kids free lessons this way.

Hope this helps.

CaliforniaDreamin
05-24-2010, 04:03 AM
This is so nerdy that I am afraid to admit it, but it is ALWAYS a big hit here.

Make a list of all your area dollar stores and then whenever you need a filler activity (or a once a week thing) you go into the dollar store and each person gets a buck to pick out anything they want!!!

This can even lead into other activities like water balloon fight or kite flying! I'll admit I even enjoy spending my dollar! It's fun to have to only pick one thing!

Don't think this idea is nerdy. My girls are 16 and 15 and LOVE the dollar store. My 16 year old likes to buy gag gifts to give to her best friend. Last time she went in, she came out with 2 huge sombreros and a tacky ballerina figurine (her friend is a ballerina). She gave one sombrero to Taylor along with the figurine, and the way those girls laughed over those things was priceless. Oh, and I was at Walmart when they were at the dollar store so when I got done, she came by and picked me up wearing this HUGE sombrero. She wore it the whole way home, we got some major stares. I'm guessing that was the point. I think that no matter what age kids are, they love buying stupid stuff at the dollar store. One year, a few years ago, my other daughter asked for a $100 gift certificate to dollar tree. That would buy a hundred pieces of junk! Needless to say, she did not get this gift certificate.

libraryfreak
05-24-2010, 05:53 AM
Do you have a Michaels nearby? They used to have crafts for kids to do once a week. Maybe Joanne Fabrics does too?

Are your kids signed up for birthday clubs at all restaurants? Almost always the restaurant will send them a free meal voucher. Granted, by the time you and the other family members pay for their meal it adds up.

Our local metroparks offers all kinds of hikes and programs especially for kids.

blanq
05-24-2010, 07:45 AM
I have not read all the replies, so I apologize if this suggestion has been posted. Your boys are at a good age to begin helping with cooking. How about if you pick out a Disney movie to share, and then make a themed dish or meal around the movie. For example: Lady and the Tramp with Spaghetti, or Ratatouille with French Onion Soup, etc. Together you could make the shopping list and do the shopping. Then, work together on the chopping and preparing. It can culminate with eating your food while watching the movie.

lovesmurfs
05-24-2010, 08:18 AM
Picnics. At the park, near a lake, in the back yard, in the rec room if it's raining. My kids simply love picnics.
Make a fort out of anything. Camp in the backyard. Start a small indoor or outdoor garden with the kids (this one lends itself to a daily watering, checking, weeding activity and makes them so proud!)
Chalk in the driveway, ride bikes, body paint with pudding (best done with a hose nearby!), visits to local parks where you can hike a little or play with a ball.

I tend to focus on free or nearly free.. because at that age all they want is your time and attention.

:thumbsup2 Go on a tour of your town's (or go to another town) with a picnic lunch -- different playground each week, then return to the ones they really like. The lunch doesn't need to be elaborate -- PBJ, juice box, chips, apple, etc.

andrews_dad
05-24-2010, 10:33 AM
My Borders book store has free read alouds scheduled. Lots of kids come and there is a nature playtime afterward as they meet new kids their age. I find out a lot about other free stuff to do by interacting with parents at these things.

Free museums and Sci centers with your Cap One card on select weekends... http://museums.bankofamerica.com/

Join a Zoo with reciprocal admission. My membership at a zoo gets me into several other Zoos or an Aviary or Aquarium for a day trip. Most of the time a full year for a family will be less than $89.

dizneechic
05-24-2010, 11:56 AM
Buy a rocket balloon kit, and maybe a refill on the balloons. We do these weekly on our front lawn and a bunch of neighborhood kids come over and they just run and chase them for hours.

You can also have a tye-dye party. Get a package of cheap undershirts from wallyworld and a tye-dye kit from a craft store. Day 1 do the prep and dying, day 2 wash and enjoy the results. My kids favorite shirts are the ones they have made, and they will get to wear them all summer!

squirrel
05-24-2010, 12:02 PM
I do fun days at my daycare. Here are some that I do.

Unbirthday Day- this year I'm making cupcakes in ice cream cones for the kids to decorate. Then I will give them a goodie bag when they go home.

Pirate Day- make hats, treasure hunt (buy coins, jewels at $1 store or spray paint rocks)

Wacky Hair Day- wash out hair color, hair elastics, gel, etc.

Pajama Day- cereal for snack

MonkersMama
05-24-2010, 01:11 PM
I bought a book at a discount book store (for 75c!!) called 5001 Things for Kids to Do (by Barbara Ann Kipfer). I leave it handy and if I hear anything resembling "bored, can't find anything to do" then we crack open the book.

Here are some suggestions from it:

139. Make a sock puppet.
145. Feed the squirrels.
550. Find something of every color to match a box of sixty-four Crayolas.
559. Finger paint.
642. Do a blindfold taste test between food or drink (Coke, Pepsi).
1714. Learn ten bones of the body.
3563. Use a squirt gun on all the outdoor plants.
3730. Design a board game.