Getting out the house regularly can be difficult when you have a little one. Not only do you have to wrestle with the mountain of items that they need like milk, wipes, and snacks. But it can also cost a fair bit to do something every day, even if it is just going for a coffee. That is why it's a good idea to find some activities for the kids to do that doesn't cost a fortune. Then both you and they get the benefit of being out and about and mixing with new people. Read on for some suggestions.
First of all a trip, the local park can be a lot of fun for the kids. It can be great for you and your mummy friends to as you get to spend some time together outdoors. You can even count it as your daily exercise. How good is that?
Of course, most parks have things like swings and slides. But you can make a trip to the park more exciting by taking some stale bread to feed the birds or the ducks. Or you can go for a nature ramble and bring back leaves and pinecones to draw later on.
You can even take your own picnic to make it into a longer trip. This is a cheap way of feeding everyone, and you know that you can include items that your little one definitely like the taste of.
Playgroups are something that most places have, even smaller villages. It's a chance for kids to meet others of their age. It’s also a chance for mums to get known each other as well.
Playgroups are often run by local organisations or charities such as churches. This means that they are free or very low cost, which can make them a cheap option if you are stuck for something to do on a playdate.
If your kids have loads of energy, you might want to take them on a more active play date? How about organising a bike ride with your mummy friends and taking the kids along too? Or you could set up a sports game like football or rounders if there is a large group of you? These won't cost too much as it's likely that someone will already have the equipment.
Another popular playdate for mums and their little ones is to grab some food at a restaurant. The thing that can put some people off though is the cost. But there are ways around this. Scour, the internet for things, then you can get a decent meal for a fraction of the cost.
Of you are lucky enough to have some local amusements where you live they can also make a great location for a play date. Trampoline parks are a lot of fun, as are ball pits and adventure playgrounds.
You'll often find they run special offers for when the older kids are back at school too. So you can do these activities without breaking the bank.