When you’re a budget cutting Mommy, you’re always hunting for free or super cheap stuff. That doesn’t change when it comes to looking for fun things to do.
When I was working on my budget update, I realized that I didn’t use any money for fun family stuff. That doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything fun, however.
We just did it for free!
We spent a good chunk of the day on Saturday at our local public library at their know-it-all Festival. It ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there were so many people there teaching really awesome stuff.
Our four year old got to put out a fire with the fire department, check out and learn about the fire engine, make and keep Play-Doh, practice basic karate, how to make and taste peasant bread, and learn and practice pizza tossing!
Our 15 year old got to do yoga, learned how to tie knots, self-defense, how to expunge a criminal record, how to avoid being scammed as a consumer, natural medicine, basic karate, learn how to and practice tossin pizza dough, and probably more that I’m missing since she went around on her own.
I was able to learn to make plarn, a rag wreath, how to raise bed garden, toss pizza dough, make and taste peasant bread, and I even had a chance to put out a fire too since my four year old was afraid and wanted me to do it first.
And, if that wasn’t awesome enough, they had a table set up with free nonfiction books. I picked up a few for us. Currently, I’m about halfway through Your Inner Fish. I typically read fiction, but lately I’ve been craving a little random knowledge olld school style. No digital devices needed.
They also had a photo booth set up whwre you could take pictures and have them printed for free! By the time we had left we ended up doing five. Mostly because the kids found it hhilarious to make funny faces/poses over and over.
Plus, since we were part of the pizza tossing group, we were able to eat some of the pizza they brought! They brought enough that none of us were hungry for dinner when we made it back home.
It’s not something I would typically read, and that’s exactly why I am. Hopefully I can finish it sooner rather than later so I can get started on a different one. I’d love to get through all of them before the end of the year.
If you haven’t checked out your local library, you should! We spend a lot of time there anyway since we homschool, but they typically have something happening multiple days every week that keeps us there more. Also, search the local events on Facebook. There is typically something happening most days through the week in and around our area.
Watch for the free stuff! You might be surprised at what’s out there!