Are you like me always trying to find ways to keep your little one active? I’ve learned to cure the: there’s nothing to do, I don’t know anyone and the all to common it’s too expensive. Here’s my list of things to do with your little one on a budget!
Put yourself out there
Recently, we relocated to a new city and I feel like I’m dating again… for friends that is. The awkward hello in the park, exchanging of phone numbers, meeting up in a public place. Come on you’ve felt that way too, right?! (Cue crickets) Well, I’ve put on my big girl pants, swallowed my pride and I get that conversation going. We have something major in common after all- kids! Plus, I could bet 9 times out 10 that Mom is in the same lonely boat or looking to add another friend into her group.
Get on Meetup.com
I knew about meetup for sometime. But I thought it was more for the young and single. Nope, there is a group out there for everyone!! If you haven’t gotten on yet give it a try. Book clubs, mom meetups, babywearing groups…
My favorite part- they have an app for that! I can quickly see what is going on, where and when. Even who is attending. Once I’m at the event I can check-in so others know to look for us. Pretty cool!
Find a Greenway, Rails for Trails and/or Park
Fresh air does us all some good. Introducing the great outdoors is fabulous for you and your little one. We are very lucky to have great greenways and parks in our area to get our “Walk on.” Sweet Pea and I have serious conversations about life and sing silly songs while she travels in our baby carrier or stroller. I love pointing out things using my senses and ask her if she feels the warmth of the sunshine, hears the birds… It’s very relaxing and it always recharges my batteries.
Check out your local library
Monday thru Thursday my library offers story time. How awesome is that? We sing, read, dance and get to blow bubbles. Not to mention the interaction with other little tikes.
Check out the local magazines at the pediatrician office and the exits at your grocery store (near the store fliers and apartment rental magazines)
There’s always great little articles, things to do and helpful resources within these little gems! Hint: that’s where I learned about greenways and where they are around my city.
See if your local toy store offers events
Our local toy store (Toys & Co.) offers 4 different activities per week. They have story time and sing-alongs for ages 0-3 and craft and game night for ages 3-10. All for FREE!