Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 2/20 – 2/22

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

Kinder Music

National Activities:

American Girl: February In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During February, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card Craft and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday take your kids to story time featuring Click Clack Peep!  Elmo and his Sesame Street friends will be at select locations. The event begins at 11am.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, February 21st: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, February 21st: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, February 21st from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Roar-A-Lot Lion Puppet.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making a Tissue Paper Frame. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, February 21st at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to perfect Homemade Chicken Fingers! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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50 Simple Ways to Save $5

Have you thought about the power of saving? What if you found ways to save $5 a day, for the next month. That’s $150. What if you did that for a year? That adds up to $1,825? What if found ways to save $5 a day for the next $20 years? You’d have an extra $36,000!

50 ways to save 5 dollars

It might be difficult to find $5 savings every day for the next 20 years, but even saving $5 a week adds up over time! Most of the time it isn’t the big purchases that hurt us, it is the little expenditures that add up to big debt over years and years. The coffee at Starbucks, the impulse purchase at the grocery store, the drive-thru dinner.

Being intentional with your spending can add up to big savings. Here are 50 simple ways to save $5! Do them all and you’ll have a nice little bump in your savings!

There are so many little ways to find savings here are some of my favorite easy ways to save!

 

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 2/13 – 2/15

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Park

National Activities:

American Girl: February In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During February, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card Craft and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday take your kids to story time featuring I Love You Just Like This!  Elmo and his Sesame Street friends will be at select locations. The event begins at 11am.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, February 14th: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, February 14th: 10:15 AM – Group Bass Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, February 14th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Uncle Sam’s Mask craft.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making a Puzzle Piece Necklace. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

National Parks:  In honor of President’s Day, National Parks will be opened to the public for free from the 14th through the 16th! Take advantage of some of the most beautiful places in your area.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, February 14th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to use Bok Choy in a stir fry. This lesson is a part of the 52 New Foods series! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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5 Winter Entertainment Ideas on a Budget

By contributing writer Laura

The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean the atmosphere indoors has to be the same. Let’s admit it, when you’re stuck indoors during a cold winter, finding ways to keep the kids entertained and fostering a content and joyful attitude in your home can be difficult. When finances are tight and you’re pinching your pennies, it can be even more challenging.

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Thankfully, a little creativity can go a long way to break the winter blues. Here are 5 ideas to enjoy winter entertainment on a budget.

1. Make snow-cream.

If you have an abundance of snow, be sure to make a sweet, frosty treat: snow-cream! My kids love to make and eat this. There are various recipes you can find online, but our favorite is made from fresh, clean snow with evaporated milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.

2. Have a bake-off.

When it’s cold outside, it’s nice to warm things up in the kitchen. Form 2 teams and have a contest to see who can create the most delicious cupcake or other baked good. Have a parent judge the final products and award points for creativity, design, and taste. You could even set time limits and make your own spin-off of Cupcake Wars.

3. Enjoy the snow outdoors.

Embrace the snow and partake in some outdoor activities and sports than can only be done this season. Go sledding down a hill. Take advantage of the snow by hitting the slopes, but be sure to look for ways to save on ski trips. Also be sure to engage in Physical Education During The Winter; no couch potatoes needed!

4. Plan a family talent show.

Show off your talents by having each family member participate in an informal family talent show. Singing, dancing, acting, playing musical instruments, or showing off other skills can be a fun source of entertainment. This is also a great way to encourage your children in developing their talents and “performing” for a familiar audience.

5. Create a family art collaboration.

Roll out some butcher paper or buy a canvas from your local craft store to create your own unique collaborative artwork. Have each family member draw or paint, to contribute to this family piece.

It’s fun to use paint and have each person create hand prints on a canvas. Another fun idea that we’ve done is to have each person lie down on a large sheet of butcher paper, then outline them to create a life-size drawing. Then color and decorate together, plus write encouraging messages on each family members drawing letting them know what attributes you like best about them.

How do you like to stay entertained during winter?

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