Your significant other is gone for the day. Now it’s just the kiddo and you! It’s a mommy (or daddy) and me day, and you’re looking for a few fun-filled ideas for things to do. You don’t want to spend your child’s college fund on a day’s worth of awesome activities, and that’s okay – there are plenty of inexpensive day-trip options that your young child will get a kick out of! Oh yeah, and you’ll have fun too.
Ducks, deer, bunnies, squirrels, groundhogs and more. Nature preserves give kids access to all kind of cute, creepy and crawly creatures – from afar, of course. Not only can your child watch animals frolic, but they can also get in touch with nature. From trees and flowers to the bugs buzzing around, you’ll both find plenty to see. The best part is, most nature preserves are free. Look for one at your local community or county park.
Your little reader is all about books. Instead of buying book after book, go where they’re free! The two of you can cuddle up and read a few stories together, check out a bag of books to take home, or try out a free library class. Talk to the children’s librarian to find out what activities they have coming up. Many libraries have tot story-time, music classes, or arts and crafts activities.
There are roughly 2.1 million farms in America, according to the USDA. With all of those working farms, it’s likely that there’s one somewhere near you. Yes, you may have to drive a little to get there, but it will be well worth it. And besides, you can sing songs, listen to a story on CD, or just talk to your kiddo during the ride. If your local farms don’t allow visitors, create your own driving tour. Ask your child to look for crops and animals as you make your way through farm country. Stop at a farm stand and buy some fresh produce to bring home and cook up for dinner.
Get botanical at a local garden. Even if your child is totally used to the garden they have in their own backyard, you can still visit the mega-sized version. Plenty of areas have community or large-scale botanical gardens. Take a tour, smell the flowers, and play a game looking for different rainbow colors. If possible, look for a butterfly garden. Your child will get to look at the flowers and see the fluttering little friends.
Planning a fun day with your special kiddo doesn’t always have to involve breaking the bank. These fun activities will allow them to see and learn new things, get their imaginations running, all while fitting into your budget!