Getting out and getting active with your kids is a great way to bond. Keeping kids busy with fun activities keeps them out of trouble. The only thing not to like is the price tag. Luckily for you, I have a few tricks to saving money on activities for kids. Sometimes you have to get creative, but with a little effort, you will never run out of cheap ways to have fun with the kids.
Memberships are a great way to save money on favorite activities like the zoo and science center. The cost of a family membership is the same as one or two visits for the average family. Larger families, even save money with a membership on just one day’s visit. Many memberships may also collaborate with other zoos and museums to save you money on other kid’s activities as well.
Check for group discounts. Many places offer a group discount so getting together with friends is a great way to save money. Some places allow even non-homeschooling families to take advantage of homeschool discounts when gathered to educate children. It never hurts to call and ask.
Use google to find free events and activities for kids in your area. From builds at Home Depot to festivals in the park, you are sure to find a few free activities a month during good weather seasons. Explore your local farmer’s market, many offer fun activities and entertainment for free.
Check local deal sites like Groupon to find deals near you or where you are visiting. This is a great way to save a large chunk of money on ticketed attractions and events, bowling, other fun actives.
Look for used equipment for activities and sports that require a purchase of equipment. Buying used gets you more for your dollar which can really help because kids have a habit of changing their minds about actives and want to try something new all the time. If they find something they truly love they outgrow everything so fast you will need to replace them often.
Save on private lessons by paying a high school or college student that is looking for a bit of extra money. This is a great way to save in music, arts, and even extra help with sports. Your local student will charge less than a professional and they, in turn, gain valuable experience that will further them in their future career at the same time.
Look for free activities with the local church. Many churches offer fun festivals, vacation bible school, and great retreats your kids may enjoy. These programs usually come free or at a great discount and the profits go to help the church community.
Check your area for a dollar theater. Unlike the name implies they do not cost a dollar, but close enough compared to regular theaters. Most are between 3 and 5 dollars a ticket for movies that have been out for a while now. It is a great way to see movies in the theater without spending an arm and a leg. While there, be sure to get the large popcorn and drink if they offer free refills.
Let’s discuss: Can you think of other ways you can save money on kids activities?