Monday, June 1, 2009

Oh, nearly forgot...

In response to the requests for me sharing ideas/suggestions of free or frugal things to do with the kids this summer, I'm putting a few things together for a post in the near future. Be thinking of places you like to visit as well...I'll be expecting some ideas in return in the comments box!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

last weekend I loaded up, sandpails, shovels and anything else that would make awesome sand castles. I packed a lunch and headed to the sandy beach of Lake Loramie with 4 kids.. ages 7-2yrs. I was impressed with how clean the lake area is.. we proceded to the water with our crocks/sandels on(no swimsuits, cause I only allowed ankle height for the water) we built the best sand castles and motes and floated boats and then showered off the sand at the nearby outdoor shower and had a great picnic lunch near the BIG TOY area...after lunch we played on the BIG TOY mountain, swings, slides etc...lots of fun .. no $$$...lots of interaction and great pics of the kids working together to build the worlds biggest castles....

Anonymous said...

We go to Stillwater Prairie. Pack a picnic, walk the trail. Goes right by the river and a pond. Have seen a couple baby snakes, not much else. Kids really like it. Takes about an hour to walk through, but taking your time looking at everything makes it nicer and a little longer.

blessed to be a Mom said...

Where is Stillwater Prairie? Where is the BIG TOY mountain?

jamie said...

I believe by "Big Toy" she's referring to the playground equipment there at Lake Loramie beach...and Stillwater Prairie, I'm not so sure. I've never been there, but is it over in the Covington area? thanks for checking in! We love Lake Loramie beach too. Cleanier now than I remember as a kid. We try to get there often through the summer.
Keep the mind wheels turning...I'm gathering up lots of good websites, ideas to share, and hope you'll all add to that post when I finally get it out there!
~jamie

4prettybabies said...

Stillwater Prairie is on the other side of Versailles, I think you can enter it on St. Rt. 185. We just passed by the entrance the other day and I was surprised that that was where it was.

I also love going out to Brukners Nature Center (in the Piqua-Troy area) to take nature walks and they also have some animals. They take in injured animals and try to rehabilitate them (not cats and dogs, more wildlife animals like raccoons, birds, etc.). We once brought a baby bat there that was hanging on a barbed wire fence. I think they return them to the wild after they recover, but I'm not sure exactly. Anyways, lots of fun for the kids. I can't recall if it costs anything, but if it does, it's minimal.

Anonymous said...

Tawalla Park(sp) In sidney is the best. Mrs.Kuhn take her preschool kids there every year...I LOVED IT, clean, kid friendly,lots to do, trails, water, toys etc etc...close to home , not much gas involved

Anonymous said...

Trip to Columbus to visit a replica of the Mayflower (Adults $4;Kids$2.50) and then a free tour and samples of Greaters Ice cream. Yum! Great Day Trip! www.santamaria.org
Also check out www.connerprairie.org. Little farther in Indiana but a wonderful living history/interactive museum. Family membership is $65 and you can go as often as you like.

jamie said...

I was just reading about the Santa Maria tour last night. Sounds very interesting. Kids loved it?

thanks for the website...I'll definitely be checking into this further.

Anonymous said...

On the mom's group blog is a thread about free bowling and free/cheap movies, drive ins, etc. I'm also fond of the Boonshoft pass. $69 to get you into Boonshoft, Toledo Zoo, COSI, etc.

4prettybabies said...

I just thought of another place we've gone that the kids LOVED! It's called Winton Woods and is located north of Cincinnati. They have this big barn that they renovated into a playland for the kids...ball pits, slides, etc. They also have a petting zoo and places to eat lunch. I think it costs a little bit to go in, but it wasn't much. There is also another place located nearby that has a small Noah's Ark themed water park (perfect for Jamie's kids' ages) and it's FREE (or at least it was the last time we went). It isn't a swimming pool, but water shoots up out of the ground (a spongy surface) and out of the animals on the Noah's Ark and the kids get thouroughly soaked. Perfect to do after the barn (which isn't air conditioned, just has a giant fan). There is also a nice playground at the same location. Both are located on a beautiful river (not sure which one!). If you search for Winton Woods online, it'll give you all the details and even more things to do there.

Also, if you're looking to get nice hotel rooms at a GREAT price, try bidding on rooms at priceline.com. I've gotten 4 star hotels for $40.00 a night many times. All have nice indoor pools, etc. so the kids think it's a great treat to go stay over somewhere new and we think the price is great! We have yet to be disappointed in ANY of the rooms...they've all been top-notch!

Martha said...

Thanks for these great ideas! Here's our list so far: visit cousins, library summer reading program (so many cool things and FREE!), visit cousins, vacation bible school, Columbus Metro Parks--so many cool free things here too (Slate Run Historical Farm is a new favorite of ours--working farm from 1800's still using 1800's methods (Jacob got to 'slop' their huge sows--he loved it); also Heritage Park in Hilliard was a blast (bring your own water gun and there's a big fort and faucets for fill-up--free fun instant water fight), make the kids remember their favorite games from gym class to play in the yard, visit cousins, Columbus Clippers baseball game, summer ice cream contest (vote on where we ate the best), Hocking Hills hike, Alum Creek Beach, Mt Vernon biking trails/parks are great, visit cousins, go to a park we go to often and bring matchbox cars to bury, slide, or swing, visit cousins (we hope you're up for a visit Jamie!) Our kids are done with school on Friday--YAHOOO!!!