I recently sort-of lost my job (long story – I’m technically still employed, just not working at the moment) so after the panicky feelings settled down, I started to think about all the things I could do with Ryder with our new found free time on a limited budget for the Spring and Summer months.
These especially apply to the Raleigh area, but I believe most cities will have similar activities!
This one is a no-brainer and something most of us probably do regardless of job status but there are so. many. playgrounds in the Raleigh area. We have two in our neighborhood and a huge park only 10 minutes away but when we get bored of the same ol’ play equipment, we get in the car and drive a bit further to see what else is out there!
These cool water play areas are a great alternative to a pool day. They are a relatively new addition to our area and there actually aren’t any in Raleigh but a quick trip to Cary or Fuquay-Varina in the summer means Ryder gets to play in the water for free on hot days. YES!
Not all museums are free but the majority of ours only charge for special exhibits. On rainy days, you can easily get 1-2 hours out of exploring a museum.
Library Story Time
Check your local library for infant, toddler, and preschool story times. Each library in the area has a different day/time but they are all free and it gives parents a small break while someone else is reading and playing with your kiddo(s)!
Airport Observation Deck
The Raleigh-Durham Internation airport has an observation deck to watch planes take off and land. We haven’t been yet, but as soon as the weather is a smidge warmer we will be there! Up until October of last year, there was even a little cafe where you could eat lunch while watching the planes. I’m super bummed we won’t get to experience that.
This one isn’t exactly free because you have to pay for what you pick but you get way more fresh strawberries than the grocery store for cheaper (in most cases). Ryder loves easy tasks so I know he will be excellent at picking fruit and once we get home, we can bake some strawberry treats!
What free activities do you do with your kids?