As I prepare for this switch, I’ve been excited to search for new things for Baby Boy and I to do together. I’ve been looking for exciting things for us to do, where we can bond, all while remembering that we’re (as we refer to it in my house) ‘ballin’ on a budget’.
He’s 19 months now, so he’s really getting to the age where he likes to engage in activities and be around others.
Here’s some fun things that I’ve come up with so far that I’m super pumped about that won’t break the bank:
*Go to the library/local bookstore for storytime. – This will get us out and about and we’ll meet new mommies and little ones. I checked my library and they offer a Tuesday and a Saturday storytime. It will also introduce Baby Boy to the library – Lord knows I haven’t been there in 10 years, since I was in high school and I went to check out the Cliff’s Notes for a book I was supposed to read! As for the bookstores, I know Barnes & Noble offers storytime in their stores (although mine currently doesn’t). – FREE
*Go to the art museum. – I know, I know, I too am picturing my child running wild up and down the halls while dragging his hands on the clean white walls knocking off all of the priceless art. BUT our local art museum has a little program specifically for toddlers that’s all about shapes, colors and textures. – $13
*Have art class at home! – I looked up some super cool art projects for toddlers and I can’t wait to try them out. I found a great non-toxic recipe for fingerpaint from Craft Blog. I also want to try the ‘toddler stained-glass’. You just take clear contact paper and let your little one stick pieces of construction paper, confetti or whatever to it, then you simply back it with another piece of clear contact paper! – Less than $5!
*Set aside a day to go to the local playground. We do this all the time and Baby Boy (and his cousin Baby Girl) looove it! It’s great exercise for us all – the kiddies playing and the mommies chasing after them!
*Join a dance/gymnastics/music class together! I checked my local gymnastics place and they offer a Mommy & Me class on Friday mornings. It’s very interactive and again gets us both up and moving. – $30 for 4 sessions
*Check out local parks or gardens. In our town we have a 130 acre park that has playgrounds, an old timey general store, old schoolhouse buildings and churches, a planetarium and nature trails. They’re always and forever having events there and I need to put in the time to check it out more often. We also have a botanical gardens, which could be a fun place for a picnic! – Admission to the park Adult/$4, Kids 3 and under/FREE; Admission to the gardens/FREE!
*Get involved in your city/town. – Here we have little festivals and street markets throughout the year. Once it cools down (I live in the dirty south!) it’ll be great to take Baby Boy out and stroll him around. – FREE if you bring your own snacks/drinks or $5-$10 for snacks from vendors.
See, now who says you can’t have fun while ‘ballin’ on a budget’!