Friday, July 30, 2010

Budgeted Fun!

Hey Bluffton Moms,
The weekend is upon us and the question remains, "What do we do with the kids this weekend?"  In keeping with the money saving theme, I have devised a list of cheap or free things to do with the kids. A large portion of my monthly budget seems to fall into a category that I affectionately refer to as Entertainment, but the label that it really should have is, "Anything fun and exciting to keep my toddler's attention for at least 15 minutes!"  While I wish that I could spend endlessly in this category, the truth remains that this part of my budget is pretty much nonexistent lately, and with each dollar spent I hear the sound of my credit card bill going up . . . cha ching!

So here are some ideas of local activities to keep the kids engaged and entertained without putting added stress on the family budget:

  • Drop-in Story time at the Bluffton Library
    • FREE
    • Saturday (10:30am - 11:15am)
    • Sunday (3pm - 4pm)
  • Island Gymnastics Open Gym
    • Friday night (approx $6.00/child)
    • Ages 6 and under (5pm - 6:30pm)
    • Over 6 years (6:30pm - 9:30pm)
  • The Sandbox
    • On Saturday locals only pay $5/person
    • Mon - Sat (10am - 5pm)
  • Salty Dog
    • $5.00 Sea Pines entry fee
    • Live Kids Music Fri & Sat from 5:30-7pm
    • Face painting starts @ 6pm
    • Magic shows Fridays 7pm & 8pm
    • Pictures with Jake the Salty Dog 3pm & 7pm
  • Animal Farm at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines
    • $5.00 Sea Pines entry fee
    • Let the kids visit with the animals
    • Pony rides for $10/child
  • Harbour Town Kids Zone
    • $5.00 Sea Pines entry fee
    • Sunday - Friday 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Face painting, hair wrapping, Yostie the puppeteer & Cappy the Clown
    • Harbour Town Playground
  • Beach Picnic
    • FREE
    • Take the kids to the beach at dinner time and let them eat on the beach
    • This is better later in the summer when it is cooler
This was just a quick list that I will add to as the summer goes on, but rest assured there is a lot of cheap and free fun to be had by all ages!  Enjoy your weekend!

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