It's springtime! Time for warmer weather and outdoor activities with the kids!
And, boy have we got some great budget-friendly suggestions for you - everything from nature walks to yoga activities to planting a garden. Are you ready to get active and have fun? Check out our top 10 ideas:
1. Get moving. As the weather warms up, consider taking the kids for a hike or a swim (if you have access to a free community pool or nearby body of water). Also, depending on the age of your kids, bike rides make for great family-friendly activities.
2. Volunteer your time. You don’t always have to shell out cash donations to give back. In fact, one of the most valuable things you can do is donate your time. Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to emerge from your hibernation and seek out volunteer opportunities for the whole family. For example, why not check out your town’s Salvation Army, church or library to see if they are in need of volunteers? Volunteering is a great way to teach kids the concept of helping others in need.
3. Relax. Raising and teaching kids is exhausting. So, for all the moms and Pretzel Kids yoga teachers out there: this one's for you! Spring provides many therapeutic activities that don’t cost a thing. Every day, pencil in a few minutes to listen to the birds singing, enjoy the rain or take in the beautiful spring blooms. You can even go for a walk in a local park or discover nearby hiking trails. These activities are simple but may help relieve stress and boost your mood.
4. Enjoy nature. Piggybacking off the last point, springtime is a perfect time to do something that involves nature. For the past few years, my husband and I have really enjoyed building a vegetable garden. It cost us around $50 (dirt, fertilizer and seeds.) This is relatively inexpensive for several months’ worth of fresh, delicious tomatoes, zucchini, kale, peppers and cucumbers! This is also an excellent way to save money on groceries and teach your kids about the importance of eating home-grown veggies.
5. Play board games. Unfortunately, not all spring days are nice enough to spend outdoors. With this in mind, you’ll need a few ideas to occupy your time when you’re stuck indoors on a rainy day. My favorite tip is to play educational board games, like Monopoly. And, there's always Pretzel Kids yoga, which you can do ANYWHERE!
6. Visit a farm or petting zoo. Visiting a zoo or an aquarium can get pricey. However, many local farms offer free tours and other activities that you can enjoy while the weather is nice. For example, I live pretty close to Pennsylvania and found a nearby petting zoo that offers free admission. That’s hard to beat!
7. Take in free festivals. Start visiting your city’s website and follow your local municipality on social media to learn about free events such as festivals and outdoor concerts. This also offers an excellent opportunity to meet other families if you’re new to town.
8. Explore your city. Alli Rosenblum from FinancialliFocused says one of her favorite low cost things to do in the spring is to play tourist in her own city. She says this is a great time to “learn the history of your city/state or even check out some local artists.” Rosenblum suggests starting with your city’s free visitor’s guide. Why? Even though you’re a local, you may find a treasure trove of budget-friendly ideas that are new to you.
9. Take up kite flying. I’ll be honest: it’s been many years since I even thought about flying a kite. But a friend recently let me know that this activity is high on her spring to-do list. She even plans to make her own kite from scratch so that this outdoor activity is even more affordable.
10. Practice Pretzel Kids yoga! You knew this was coming! Well, we're not shy about it: We love yoga and what better way to have fun with the kids outdoors? So, find a backyard or park. Pick your favorite poses or Pretzel Kids yoga game, and have a blast! Your kids will thank you.
Got any other fun, budget-friendly springtime activities? Feel free to share them with us!
About Kim Galeta: Kim is a writer specializing in debt repayment and personal finance. She also provides coaching services for those want help getting out of debt.