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Cheap Fun

May 18th, 2015 at 08:22 am

The past two weekends have been pretty good low cost weekends.

Last weekend, Voldemort and I met up with a friend of mine and her kiddo, Voldemort II (they have the same name - it's pretty hilarious), and we went to Big Time Trampoline, which is a big warehouse type place with trampolines, a foam pit, and a maze.

I had won passes to there during the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference a month or so ago, and when my friend mentioned that she wanted to go and take the boys, I handed over one of the passes, and so both boys got in free!

We spent a few quarters on arcade games and claw games, but overall, it just cost us the gas to get there.

This weekend, I met up with the same friend to take the kids to the zoo this time around. We used to be members, but our membership has lapsed, but we still had two passes to get in and one free ticket for the train or the carousel.

Voldemort and I packed our lunch, but we bought chips and drinks inside the zoo to fill them out a little, as we had sandwiches and an orange each, and that much walking makes you hungry!

The boys were far more interested in using the map to navigate than they were in seeing the animals, but we had a blast.

And then last night, for a special treat, Voldemort got a Happy Meal with a free coupon I had gotten a while ago. I had pasta salad made at home, as McDonalds tends to give me stomach aches.

Overall, not too much out of pocket. And it's awesome having a friend to hang out with while the boys run wild. VII is 5, while V is 8, but they don't seem to mind too much. And my friend is a single parent, so having someone to bounce thoughts and frustrations off of while I'm solo parenting is really helpful.

3 Responses to “Cheap Fun”

  1. laura/deacon's wife Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun for little to no cost! And helpful to get some single-parenting ideas. Have a good day! Smile

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds like your friendship is a win-win.

  3. snafu Says:

    What fun, the two V's get along and it adds to their fun and learning experience to use a map to navigate their trip through the zoo. Adds to your enjoyment to have an adult to talk to while the boys run and explore. Would you four enjoy other, no cost, low cost kid friendly adventures in your community like picnic in the park, high school or community baseball/sport games, library programs, playground/park community activities, geo cashing, blowing bubbles mixture or bike ride if you all can access a bike/trike. Our guys loved to go on a 'hike,' talk about trees, birds, insects [whatever we saw], collect small rocks for the best part...they sat on the grass and painted rocks with home made craft paint and small, cheap Dollar Store foam brushes.

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