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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

5 Super Fun Kid-Friendly Destinations That Won't Break The Family Budget In This Economy Crisis

5 Super Fun Kid-Friendly Destinations That Won't Break The Family Budget
By Alexandra Vrugt
Summer doesn't stop because the world is going through an economy crisis. While many families are looking for ways to reduce their overhead, the reality is that summer is still....summer! So, don't let this economy crisis keep you and your kids from going out and having a blast. An abundance of fun is out there at easy to get to destinations.

Cheap and exciting times can be had if you and your kids look at things a little differently this summer. From experimenting with silly and frugal recipes to finding fun spots that you can get to easily and get supplies that you can buy for cheap, there is no shortage on opportunities for a good time for those that seek them out. Try out these 5 super fun kid-friendly destinations that won't blow your family's budget in this economy crisis:

Try your local McDonald's, Wendy's, or Chick-fill-A Playland! Indoor playgrounds are fantastic places to visit with the kids. They love to do all of their regular outdoor playground stuff in the comforts of an air conditioned playland. You can get all the fun without all of the finances also by buying the cheapest thing on the menu. Often, you can get by with spending less than $1 per person! Buy for cheap a fun goodie like ice cream or cookies and your kids will be even more satisfied.

Go on a nature scavenger hunt. This is an activity that is great during this economy crisis because it can help you and your family learn to keep things in perspective relative to the earth and it's resources. Do a little research and get an age or grade appropriate science nature trail scavenger hunt worksheet online that you will find for free. Then, get the kids, bike, scoot, or walk to your nearest nature trail and let them explore.

If you can, have some fun at the beach. Buy for cheap some gas to get you to the nearest sandy place and watch the kids have a ball. You don't have to plan to stay at any fancy hotels, just make it a day trip and bring along some snacks that you can buy for cheap in advance. Most beaches are free and full of playtime opportunities for kids.

If you don't live near a beach, find a park with a sandpit. Many municipalities have incorporated sandpits into their playgrounds and parks because kids really love sand. A completely free activity, your kids can have a blast on the playground equipment and still try their hand at sand art. Buy for cheap some snacks and keep lots of water available. Kids love to snack and play, but if you don't play you could end up paying a lot of money for snacks from a vending machine.

Go camping...in your own backyard. Pitch a tent that you can buy for cheap at a discount store and plan a night when you and the kids sleep out under the stars. If you want to make a whole afternoon and evening of the backyard adventure, then, prepare a menu using frugal recipes like hot dogs, chips, and fruits and veggies that are in season that you can buy for cheap. Make the house off limits except for "emergencies" and your kids will have a summer adventure that they will remember for years to come. You will remember that it barely cost you anything but that you all have a fabulous time!

Summer fun doesn't have to cost an exorbitant amount of money. You can buy for cheap different things that your kids can use to explore, play, and learn during their visits to these 5 cheap and cool destinations. This economy crisis brings with it enough stress. Don't let it rob your family of a cool, cheap summer!

About the Author:
As a wel-known connoisseur on saving money in daily life, Alexandra Vrugt has written many articles on how to manage on less. You can receive a free copy of her Ebook '15 Top Ways to Save Money' by visiting her MakeEndsMeetOnline.com website.

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