As the temperatures start to cool down, I can’t help but reflect on the summer months and how I was able to bond and build memories with my son right here in our neck of the woods. I began the summer by feeling really bad that I couldn’t surprise him with a trip to Disney or take him to Haiti or Jamaica where our families are from, but then I got over it. I realized that there is fun to be had and memories to be made without spending money. Think about it, were your best childhood memories on some tropical island? Okay, maybe for some people, but the best memories are tied to how a particular person, place, or thing made you feel. And as money isn’t exactly flowing these days, I came up with some easy, low fuss/ low-cost ways to build memories with my 5-year old.
1. Do a Playground Tour
Do a google search for playgrounds near your town, and each week, make a plan to visit one. It’ll be a new weekly venture you and your little one(s) can take together. All you need is a car and/or access to public transportation. Pack a snack and some water, and voila, low-cost memory-building activity
2. Visit your local library for museum and zoo passes.
I’m not sure why I just got hip to this, but most if not all public libraries provide discounted or even free passes to local museums and zoos. We visited the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and JB had a blast walking through the dinosaur exhibit:
3. Go to the beach!
Obviously, this will only work in warm climates, but let me tell you, we took JB to the beach 4 times this summer and each time was like the first time. He looked for seashells, swam in the ocean, and pretty much lived his very best life.
Be sure to pack a lil something for you, to Mommies and Daddies. This here Barefoot Moscato was a perfect beach day pick-me-up.
4. Have a superhero day!
I ordered this pack of Superhero costumes on Amazon and JB and I had a blast just doing our regular activities dressed as superheroes. Trust me, your kid will love it.
5. Visit a local farm
They are usually free to visit, AND they have great snacks to purchase on site. In the summer months, we get freshly churned ice cream. In the cooler months, we enjoy freshly-made donuts. If you’re in the Boston area be sure to visit Crescent Ridge in Sharon. The ice cream is to die for!
6. Go out for a “drink.”
JB and I stopped at the local Cheesecake Factory and ordered drinks. We had already eaten something on the road, so we stopped in on a slow day and were seated right away. I had strawberry lemonade and JB had water (his choice). We laughed, and chatted, and really enjoyed each other’s company. Best date I’ve been on in a long while.
All in all, I’d say we had an amazing summer. Low on price but rich in value!
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