The following is a guest post by blogger Samantha Jackson. Samantha is a stay at home mom to 4 kids under 8, a lover of Christ, avid runner and blogger at www.foreclosure2frugal.com.
I want to give my kids the best of everything, who doesn’t? At the same time, I firmly believe having a parent home with them will be a huge advantage in the long run. Thus, I have made it my job to find awesome, educational and lasting outings that we can do as a family. I don’t want to hear ‘I’m bored’ ever, but more than that I don’t want my kids to destroy my house when they are bored. I prefer to hear ‘I’m getting a book about sea horses at the library’ and :did you knows: about animals and art. For our family it costs $85 to go to the aquarium or zoo so why not invest in the culture that surrounds us?
If you have a large family like ours I am sure you have questioned how to provide your children with awesome cultural experiences…without breaking the bank. Here are three ways to saturate their young minds, and spend quality time as a family.
I loved free days when my kids were younger and I didn’t have so many children. Denver has free days about once a month for the Zoo and the Museums. (You can see upcoming free days on the ColoradoMoms events calendar!)
This is our choice avenue to fun, culture and the end of ‘I’m bored’. Every Christmas we give each of our kids a pass; this year our 6 year old, future etymologist, got a pass to the Butterfly Pavilion, our four year old received a pass to the Aquarium and our 8 year old animal fanatic acquired a pass to the Zoo. Passes to Museums and Zoos are welcome gifts from Grandparents and family (wink,wink).
Fairs and Free Stuff
Colorado is a Mecca of ‘stuff’ to do all year around. We try to hit local festivals a few times a year. Such as The Dragon Festival, numerous street fairs and The Taste of Colorado. Colorado is also home to the Rocky Mountains, which are awesome for exploration and hiking, as well as the infamous Garden of the Gods, Big Cat Sanctuary, the fort at Fort Lupton and so much more.
At the end of the day, or weekend, or year we want to look back and see memories, not dollar signs. Taking the time and energy to enjoy our families and douse them in culture and nature, to help them appreciate the beauty in both is a gift that money can’t buy. It doesn’t hurt that they wont be ransacking your home, or screaming he touched me!