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Snow Day Activities

Snow Day Activities

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Winter bring cold temperature and with it tons of snow for many regions. Last week we got tons of snow dumped on us in a short time and the kids ended up with several snow days. This was right after Christmas Vacation so they were already bouncing off the walls. Many people think they need to hole up in the house when the snow is falling but we are all about getting out and enjoying the weather. Check out all these fun Snow Day Activities. Continue reading

Free Summer Activities for Kids: Flying Kites!

Free Summer Activities for Kids – Flying Kites!

Need ideas for free summer activities for kids? Follow my family as we explore some of the free (or almost free) things to do this summer.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I live just a few miles from St. Augustine, also known as the “Nation’s Oldest City.” One of the most beloved spots in St. Augustine for both locals and tourists alike is the Castillo de San Marcos, commonly referred to as “The Fort.” This National Monument includes 20.5 acres and is the oldest masonry and only surviving 17th century fort in North America. It includes a 40-foot moat and double drawbridge, and the walls are uniquely constructed from coquina, a limestone formed from compacted shells and coral. For a great and inexpensive history lesson, you should definitely explore the fort – it’s free for kids and $7 for adults. You’ll see re-enactors, weapons demonstrations, and exhibits about colonial life.

But in my opinion, the best part of the fort is the green surrounding its exterior, which is open and free to the public. From the outer walls of the fort, you can see a spectacular view of St. Augustine and the Matanzas River. It’s a popular picnic spot, and on any given day you may see sunbathing tourists, dog-walking locals, and even the occasional wedding. We’ve enjoyed many family picnics here, and many years ago it was even the spot of one of my very first dates with my husband.

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And our new favorite activity to do there is flying kites! A couple of months ago, my husband spotted a beautiful, well-made unicorn kite at Sam’s Club for only $8! My girls absolutely love unicorns and couldn’t wait to fly their new kite. The Castillo de San Marcos is an ideal spot for kite flying – it’s a great, wide open space, and the high walls and adjacent river almost guarantee windy conditions. We’ve been out there to fly our kite several times now, and my girls are getting quite good at it. And my husband recently picked up two more sturdy kites from Sam’s Club – this time on sale for $5 each.

For only $8, we are able to enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous view – and create priceless family memories!

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What are your favorite Free Summer Activities for Kids? Please share in the comments below!

Planning to travel out of town this summer? Check out our Tips for Traveling with Kids HERE and HERE!

And find out why it’s so important to include educational activities in your summer fun HERE!

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Free Summer Activities for Kids

Free Summer Activities for Kids

Need ideas for free summer activities for kids? Follow my family as we explore some of the free (or almost free) things to do this summer.

free summer activities

I am the always proud, often frazzled mom of two active, spirited little girls. And like many one-income families (and many two-income families too, for that matter) summer camp is just not in the budget. So every summer, my job is to find fun ways to keep us busy – without breaking the bank. And whenever possible, I try to sneak a little education in there too! I’ve gotten pretty good at it, and I thought I’d share some of this summer’s budget-friendly activities with you. And I’d really love to hear your ideas, too – after all, other moms are our best resource!

My family is fortunate to live in an area that’s rich with state and national history. We live just a few miles from St. Augustine, which is commonly known as the “Nation’s Oldest City.” As local residents, we get free or discounted admission to many local attractions. Last week, we decided to pay a visit to the Fountain of Youth, a 15-acre waterfront park that commemorates Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida in 1513. And with free parking and free admission for local residents, it was the perfect spot for an afternoon excursion.

There are Native American exhibits, loads of ancient archeology, a cannon demonstration, and a planetarium. But we went for one reason – the peacocks! Big, beautiful peacocks roam freely and will eat straight from your hand! My older daughter wrote a report about peacocks during the school year, so this was a great opportunity for hands-on learning. We pulled out her report to find out what they eat, and we went through our pantry to find loads of snacks for our peacock friends (they liked the peanuts, Cheerios, and Wheat Chex, but they didn’t care for the dried apricots and the oats were hard for them to pick up with their beaks). We also talked about the life cycle of peacocks and were lucky enough to see a mama (peahen) and her baby (peachick).

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This is just one of the freebies offered in my area to local residents. There are historical sites like this all over the country in towns both big and small, many with similar discounts for residents of the area. Check your local newspaper, free publications, and blogs that cater to your specific area to learn about opportunities close to you. Explore our beautiful country this summer – maybe even for free!

What are your favorite Free Summer Activities for Kids? Please share in the comments below!

Planning to travel out of town this summer? Check out our Tips for Traveling with Kids HERE and HERE!

And find out why it’s so important to include educational activities in your summer fun HERE!

TOPIC: Free Summer Activities for Kids

 

December 1, 2012

Frugal Kid: Footprint Reindeer

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Christmas sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts for the next month!

Foot Print Reindeer

Materials:
Brown and red paint
Canvas (I got mine at AC Moore with a coupon)
Black Sharpie

Directions:Continue reading