Family Matters: 3 Cheap Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Weekend

[ 1 ] January 21, 2011 |

Yucky weather, snowmen made (and wrecked and remade), January wearing on? Here are three great ways to have fun with the kids, with no money out of pocket.

Kido Tip 1. Play library roulette

farmLibrary roulette is the cheapest, fastest, smartest way to get your family into a fun, new indoor experience. Head over to your favorite Rhode Island library to see what passes are available for the zoo, aquarium, and a host of other nearby venues. Library passes allow us to shake up our routines without shaking out our wallets. Fun for free is always a Kido Favorite.

Kido Tip 2. Think spring

Indulge daydreams of Spring at the farmer’s market. It’s time to choose and sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or to begin planning your own delicious garden.

Kido Tip 3. Play with ice inside

If it’s too cold to head outdoors with the kiddos or you do not have the energy to bundle them up for the trek outside, make your own ice fun indoors. Plan ahead and make icebergs by filling Tupperware containers with water and freeze. Place frozen blocks in sink or bathtub. Add colored bath drops for an arctic blue water. Pull out the plastic people and toy animals and the kids will have fun playing in their own icy wonderland. Start off or (follow) by reading icy-themed books such as the Little Polar Bear series by Scott Peterson or In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford.

Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Elyse Major elyse says:

    the ice idea is super cool (no pun intended)!

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