A family-friendly outing in your town doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. Most towns and cities offer tons of free activities — the trick is knowing where to look. Check out this list of springtime activity ideas that will get your kids out of the house, but won’t cost you a dime.
by Lindsay Hutton
A. Visit a Local Animal Farm Baby chicks, lambs and piglets all make adorable additions to most animal farms in the springtime. Take your creature-loving child to your local farm to learn all about the wonders of new life. Petting Zoo.
B. Take a Hike At a state park or local hiking trails and spend the afternoon exploring nature. Your kids will love the fresh air and exercise. Go on a scavenger hunt for leaves, rocks, and other objects found in the wilderness.
C. Free Concerts Keep your eyes open for free concert series offered by area towns. A blanket, some snacks, and jamming to a local band can be a great way to spend a warm spring evening.
D. Get Lost in a Museum Most cities and town have any number of museums and many offer activities and workshops especially for children. Spend the day soaking up the culture at a local museum.
E. Help with a Community Garden Freshly grown produce will get even the pickiest eater to eat his veggies. A community garden is a great way to show your child how fruits and vegetables are grown, and fresh vegetables you reap will make a delicious (and cheap!) reward.
Here are the names of 9 of the 22 KSWP / KAVX Winners. These nine families won Family 4 packs to both the Children’s Museum Houston and Mountasia, Tomball Parkway, Houston. If your name is below, congratulation! We will call you.
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Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Weekend – Here’s a list to help free you from boredom without emptying your wallet this weekend.
Go to the Park – You can take your family or go with a friend. Swing on the swings like when you were a kid.
Watch the Sunset – Find a great spot in your community to catch the sunset. We have a lake by our house that offers some great views!
Pack a Picnic Lunch – Throw a picnic lunch together and find a shady spot to enjoy the day with your loved ones.
Play Board Games – Bring out the old favorites like Monopoly or Scrabble, or find new board games to play.
Throw a B.Y.O.E. Party – This stands of Bring Your Own Everything. Guests are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share.
Have a Bonfire or Campfire in Your Backyard – Make s’mores and play campfire games.
Go to the Museum or Zoo – Many times a local museum will have free or discount days. Zoos are fairly inexpensive if you pack your own lunch and avoid the unnecessary extras.
Go to the Library – There are many benefits your local library has to offer besides just books. You can rent movies, page through magazines, or surf the net.
Host a Classic Movie Marathon – Invite friends over for a movie marathon featuring all the classics you remember from when you were growing up. Or, host a money movie marathon!
Put Together a Jigsaw Puzzle – When is the last time you put together a puzzle? Find one you like and get to it.
Take a Free Online Class – There are plenty of free online classes you could take to improve your skills in a certain area. Try your hand at investment classes if that interests you!
Help Someone in Need – Lend a helping hand to a neighbor, co-worker, or friend.
Visit a Local Nursing Home and Engage With the Residents -Many elderly folks have great tales to tell. Listen to their stories and see what you can learn from them.
Write a Letter to a Family Member You Haven’t Talked to in a While – There’s something magical and nostalgic about the written word on paper.
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“Even though you have ten thousand fields, you can eat but one measure of rice a day.” Chinese Proverb
“Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” Napolean Hill
“Every day of your life is a page of your history. Careful what you write.” Unknown
Good Fruit: How can someone know that you are a follower of Christ? Paul says in Galatians that it’s demonstrating good fruit from their lives.
The first word on the list, love. Love“serves one another in love” (v. 13). All the other qualities in the list are defined and flow from love. Joy is the result of healthy relationships. Peace is also the result of loving relationships. Instead of “hatred and factions” there is harmony. Patience is the opposite of a short temper. Kindness and goodnessare joined with patience to teach that a sweet disposition and doing good toward people is the way to stay with them in love. Faithfulnessis the quality of keeping commitments in relationships. Gentleness is the opposite of “selfish ambition.” Self-control is the opposite of self-indulgence. “.. the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
A Kind Word: Texas sisters share Anonymous Encouragers project (CBN)
Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Grimes, of Texas, started a faith-inspired letter-writing project that has inspired others to share anonymous kindness with others. Jennifer Grimes, 17, said she wanted to influence lots of people with her positive message but wasn’t sure how to do it. In June, Grimes picked up a telephone book and selected a few names. She wrote anonymous letters of hope to people she didn’t know and mailed them that day. Grimes said her mother, Christina Grimes, and sister, Jessica, did the same thing. They called themselves Anonymous Encouragers. After Jessica Grimes, 21, sent their website link at http://www.anonymousencouragers.weebly.com to K-LOVE radio’s website, Anonymous Encouragers gained momentum. She said many people have sent e-mails saying they are sending anonymous letters of encouragement.”We’ve gotten someone from every state, plus the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Canada,” she said. “It just took off, and we didn’t really think anyone would be interested in it. I’m still shocked by it.” Jennifer Grimes said each of her letters features a Scripture and a message of hope. When asked if she thinks she will ever sign her name to one of her encouraging letters, the teen said she didn’t think so. She said one of the reasons the letters are anonymous is to ensure that attention is drawn to the Lord instead of the letter writer. “We don’t want recognition for it. We want it to be all about God.”
Save a Dollar: 15 Inexpensive Dating Ideas (betterbudgeting.com)
Dating and saving money. For many, the two concepts don’t equate. There’s an automatic reaction for most when suggesting the two together that the person paying is trying to be “cheap” and the resulting date will naturally have the same feel. Contrary to popular belief, however, dating doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun, entertaining and memorable.
Natural Scenery: The beauty of nature is all around us and it doesn’t cost a dime. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a walk in the forest or a search into a cave, it can be done together for practically nothing. Take the time to find the natural scenic spots in your area and utilize them for your dates.
Sports: If you and your date are both athletic, sport activities together can be a great way to spend your time. Play a set of tennis, jog in the park, toss a Frisbee about, play catch with a baseball or football or shoot some baskets.
Picnic: Picnics are great for dates because they can be taken along wherever you plan to go for the day and they cost a fraction of going out for a meal. They also can be made as casual or as romantic as you want.
Historic Places & Buildings: It seems the only time people go looking at the historic landmarks near where they live is when visitors come from out of town. Many of these historic or culturally significant spots have no or small entrance fees and make a great place to go on a date. You also get to learn more about the area you live.
Meal/Evening At Home: Cook up a meal at home and spend the evening watching movies or some other activity such as a board game. Cook the meal together to spend even more time together, or do it yourself as a special surprise.
Memory Album: Take your camera or purchase an inexpensive disposable camera and make a day of taking photos together. Make a theme for the day if you want or just take any crazy photo that comes to mind. Once finished, get the photos 1 hour processed and create a memory album together for the day that will live on forever.
Museums: If you have museums in your area, they can be an excellent place to enjoy an inexpensive date. Admission prices are usually reasonable and often they have discounts for those attending a number of events over the year.
Learn A New Skill: Gather some information on a skill you always wanted to learn and spend a day practicing it together. It could be a day of learning card tricks, learning how to juggle or learning to make bird calls.
College Events: If you live near a college or university, utilize their resources for your dates. Guest lectures, music recitals, art exhibitions and plays are common and are often free of charge. The quality can be excellent and the variety enormous.
Hobby Together: You can set a regularly scheduled date if the two of you have a hobby you both enjoy. You can look in the local community newsletter to see if there are classes being offered in something that interests both of you. These classes are usually quite inexpensive and the two of you can enjoy a few hours each week together learning something new.
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Museum on Holocaust gripped by shooting: The most prominent American museum on violence against Jews was the scene of bloodshed, its doors breached by an assailant who opened fire with a rifle, killing a guard in an attack linked to a white supremacist’s hate. (AP)