Things to Do with Your Little One on a Budget
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There’s Nothing to Do… So Change It!

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!

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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.

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Get on

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.

Fun Free Things to do with your little one

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.

Things to do with kids on a budget

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.

Free things to do with your little one

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!

How do keep your little one(s) active? What are some neat things to do in your area that are budget-friendly?


Recent to the blogging world, I'm a new mom finding my way with my little darling Sweet Pea. I enjoy cooking, baking, the great outdoors and everything Baby Girl! Elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom = children's lit lover and craft connoisseur.
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  1. I wish I was more proactive in looking for things to do, like joining a moms groups, when my daughter was young.

  2. I’ve moved sooooo many times while raising the kids. I always looked for library activities and parenting groups and connected to lots of people that way. :)

  3. I wish I had done stuff like this when Jake was younger and now that’s in his teens, I might still have things to do and people to do it with.

  4. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These are all great ideas!

  6. Great tips. I never thought to use MeetUp like that – fab idea!

  7. I’ve really enjoyed my local MOPS group. Will have to check Meetup for similar groups. Thanks for the ideas!

  8. I’ve used meetup many times

  9. Kudos to you for putting yourself out there!

  10. Those are good ideas. I remember when my oldest son was born (he’s 8), I had NO friends in my town at all. I happened to be in the library and I saw a flier for a moms club in town, so I emailed them and ended up making some great friends (and so did my kids).

  11. I look up the story times to all the local libraries. We go hunting for new playgrounds in different neighborhoods. I used to be a part of a couple of mother’s groups, but was always surrounded by women who were considerably older than I was with children younger than mine, and I felt awkward around them. So now I look for things to do on my own with the girls.

  12. I don’t have any children, but these sound like some great ideas :)

  13. I’ve heard of and I think I’ve even looked for grandparents raising grand kids in my area. I think I’ll try again. Thanks!!!

  14. Thanks. I will definitely check out the local magazines ! I am glad you found some great activities!

  15. WOW! That’s a really genius post! Really great ideas in there… In our area, there’s activities listed in the seasonal booklet for the city.

  16. Love these tips!! I have been in this exact situation before….totally lonely and wondering how to meet other moms and make new friends. I am going to check out meetup. Our library is fun for my kids but SO not a place to meet other moms since story times are way too packed to chat.

  17. We have moved a lot! It was alot easier to do these tips when we had 1 kid. LOL! Now that we are getting ready for #4 we have found new ways of meeting people =)

  18. Great ideas! You definitely don’t have to spend a lot to have fun with your little one. I especially liked your first tip. So true that the other moms there at the park may be lonely too. That’s how I met one of my best friends!

  19. These are great tips. We are planning to move in a couple of months and I will definitely keep these in mind, especially Meet Up.

  20. Oh I love all of these tips.

  21. I am a huge fan of A great way to find new activities in your area. Great tips!

  22. Boy, I hear you on the “dating again” feeling when it comes to trying to meet new friends. We’ve moved several times since getting married and it’s still difficult every time. You’re right, though… it does make it a little easier to have the kids to help strike up the conversation! Good for you for being proactive about it – and enjoy exploring your new city!

  23. I remember those days well. Funny thing is that I used all of your tips and they worked. Enjoy!

  24. Great great tips on how to get out of a funk.

  25. I need to out more often. I’m actually part of a group on meetup but my son’s nap schedule has been all over the place.

  26. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

  27. These are great tips!

  28. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  29. These are really great ideas thank you for sharing them.

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