3 Cheap Fun Ways to Spend a Holiday Weekend (...or any summer weekend really)
Here are some ways that we love to spend summer weekends without breaking the bank. The end result is always lots of fun and great memories!
1. Purchase or use your annual pass to the amusement park, aquarium, museum and zoo of your choice
Tip: Check out Groupon, Living Social and even the website of the location for deals!
We love annual passes! It's always a better deal than paying daily admission. At most places, if you go 3 or more times in a year -- you more than pay for it. It's a great gift to ask for too! It's something you can use all year and enjoy as a family. In the past, we've had passes to Disney World, Busch Gardens, Sea World and the Florida Aquarium. Since both of my kids are in school, we now only have one pass and it's for the Glazer Children's Museum. It expires in June and then we plan to get one for Legoland! I will definitely tell you all about it!
2. Go to the beach
Tip: Even if you are alone with your kids, don't be afraid to go to the beach. My mom was a single mom and took me to the beach alone all the time. She said I normally made a friend and played all day!
Aside from the gas money to get there and parking (at certain beaches), it's free! Just pack a lunch of things you already have at home and you can make it totally free! If you don't already have water toys, hit the dollar store and stock up for cheap.
This weekend, we went to my favorite Florida west coast beach, Siesta Beach on Siesta Key! I love this beach for kids and families, because there is free parking, lifeguards, playgrounds, plenty of restrooms, pavilions that you can reserve, food for sale, volleyball nets and showers. The best part is the sand is so soft and the water is so clear!
3. Host or attend a poolside BBQ at home
Tip: Grocery stores run specials on BBQ items around summer holiday weekends. It's the best time to stock for the whole summer!
I don't have a pool at my home, so I always make plans with my best friend to hang out at her home. We normally split the cost of food and her husband grills, so it doesn't cost any more than you would normally pay to make lunch or dinner. I spent less than $20 for chicken wings, bbq sauce, hot dogs and buns for the 8 of us! (Thank you Publix BOGOs and Sam's Club.) All the kids need is the pool and each other and they have a great time making up games and jumping in the pool!