Family, Frugality

Bowling and Chick-Fil-A: Inexpensive Fun For The Kids

It rained most of the night but the forecast is calling for sunny skies after lunch.  I’m going to take the kids to the local bowling alley and let them bowl for an hour or so.  After that, we’ll head to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  The Chick-Fil-A here in St. Augustine has an indoor playground, so the kids can play after they eat.  My wife and I were talking last night, and we both mentioned that our kids like “inexpensive fun”.  For instance, my son enjoys playing “fort”.  What’s “fort”?  I go to the back of the local furniture store, pickup an old refrigerator box, slice a “door” into it, and then present it to my son.  Bingo.  He now has a “fort”.  My daughter LOVES “old” makeup.  Both of her grandmothers save their old beauty items, and when she visits, they give them to her.  She’s a “girly-girl” and likes playing “dress up”.  Cost? Soap and some warm water! :)  Other ideas for “inexpensive fun” include:

Shoe boxes for stacking

Home-made bubbles (A little water, dish washing detergent)

Water hose / Sprinkler / Sunshine

A stack of those “coasters” that you get at Applebee’s.  My son likes to stack them.

Library Books / Videos

Local ball games

Park slides / swings /etc.

Nature trail behind our local tech school