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Spring Break On A Budget

Posted by Patience on April 7, 2009 at 7:00 AM in Patience
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"So what you are saying is you don't WANT my money?" Jack said as he worked me over with his mad negotiating skills.

"All I'm saying is I am not ready to negotiate yet." I replied with a smile.

"Well, you might wanna think about it because it looks like you need the money to me." he said.

It was all I could do to not totally start laughing during our spreak break never ending game of Monopoly. Jack and I both lost to Josiah who was quietly stacking houses and hotels on every property he owned. It's a low budget kind of spring break around here and board games rock our socks.

I gathered my kids together and told them it would be an "at home" vacation this week. We made a list of the things we could do together and surprisingly most of the items were relatively cheap ideas. I don't know what the cash flow is at your house but judging from the economy this might be a good time to trade fun and cheap ideas for a low budget spring break.

Here's what we have so far:

Play a board game from your childhood with your kids
Check out a new park (well new to us) in the next town over
Take a photo walk- buy disposable cameras for the kids and head out to walk the streets in our city
Go for a picnic
Go fishing at a local lake
Have a video game tournament- parents included
Make Lego and Bionicle videos
Make cookies together
Visit friends

Share the wealth, add your ideas to the list in the comments!


Rebecca writes...

I love taking my daughter to the playground.

If you ever come up with more of these inexpensive fun ideas, I would love to hear more of them.

nancy writes...

Treasure Hunt!!

Amber writes...

Arts and crafts are a favourite here. My daughter can spend hours colouring. You can even re-use old paper for a truly budget activity. It's also cheap to make home-made playdough.

We decided against a family spring break vacation this year in favor of a low key at home one just to hang out and spend the week doing whatever we wanted but don't ever seem to get around to doing the rest of the time.

We've been doing a lot of crafts- coloring never seems to get old and today we bought a wooden birdhouse and some acrylic paints to hang outside. We've also been taking walks and enjoying the signs of spring in our neighborhood, reading lots of stories, and playing games.

Its been a great week so far!

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