I am the kind of person who gets bored quickly. So knowing that the apple does not fall far from the tree, I am constantly on the prowl for activities to get my child involved in. Some times I strike a pot of gold and find FREE activities, but for those times where I do not, I find them affordable enough.
I wanted to make this list as useful for all as possible, being that our demographics are different. So here are a few ideas:
1.) Home Depot – Every 1st Saturday of the month, the Home Depot holds free workshops for children ages 5-12, where they make and build crafts. On the first Saturday of March, the kids built a Trojan Horse bank from the movie, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”. Next Saturday the project will be based on another animated film; “RIO 2”. The project will be a Birdbath/Bird feeder. You have to register your child/children online before the event, so that HD can have the right amount of material provided for your child. The kids receive a free Home Depot apron, a certificate of completion and accomplishment in English and Spanish, and they get to take home their project. This is a great way to get your child interested in a new hobby, and fostering what they may already be good at…arts and crafts. My suggestion: Be there early enough so that your child/children will have first dibs on tools. Although you may register early, it can get a little packed and as we’ve experienced, they may not have enough tools to go around and not enough grown ups are teaching their tikes to share. Some families with more than one child will take the tools they can share with families with one child, and their kids can share 1 tool amongst each other. So get there early! You will enjoy these hands on projects with the kiddos! Did I mention…..FREE FREE FREE!!! Between 9am-12pm. workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops
2.) COSI – You may not live in the city of Columbus and you do not need to live in Columbus for this one, but if you purchase a COSI membership at the price of $160 which includes 2 adults and a dependent (not sure how many), you will get movies, most COSI events like the treasure hunts, exhibits, included in that cost for the year. Here is the best part. Having a COSI annual membership, means you can travel to other partnering museums in different states with your membership, and either you will get in to these museums for free or get a great discount, including food and gift shops. COSI provides a list of their partners from different states, including those within Ohio. COSI also holds age appropriate classes for your home-school or non-home school student(s). http://www.cosi.org
3.) Galaxy Golf – When the weather is not favorable for a family outing, pack up the family and let the kids run around their giant indoor “Fun Gym” for as long as they can handle. For ages 1-2 the cost per child is $2.99 and for ages 3-12 the cost from Mon-Thurs is $3.99 and the cost on Fri-Sun is $4.99. You can be there from open to closing time. Take a book or read the magazines and books that they provide for the parents, get a coffee, kick back a little and let the kids have fun. Better than Chuck E Cheeses in my opinion. They have an arcade and a mini gulf course outdoors (weather permitting) This is a great way for your child to get exercise as well. You can also have your child’s birthday party in a private party room. Unlike Chuck E Cheeses, it is secluded from everyone else so that you, family and friends can enjoy the privacy of your child’s special day. Party packages range from $119 on up. http://www.galaxygamesandgolf.com
To be continued……..