Frugal Educational Activities for Kids
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Frugal Educational Activities for Kids

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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art suppliesSummer vacation is fun, and something many children look forward to. Unfortunately, it is also a time when kids tend to forget some of what they learned last school year. Parents can help keep their kid’s academic skills, and love for learning, growing all summer long. Have your kids participate in some of these frugal educational activities.

Michaels Passport to Imagination
Spend $2.00 (per child) for 2 hours of in-store summer crafting fun! These kids craft classes will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting at 10:00 in the morning and ending at noon. Parents who want their child to participate must sign them up on the Michael’s website. The first week begins June 16, 2014, and the last week will be August 1, 2014.

The theme is “museum road trip”. Every week, for 7 weeks, the craft classes focus on a different museum. For example, Week One focuses on the Field Museum in Chicago. There are three days of related crafts planned, including some “at home projects”. Parents can download all the projects from the Michaels website.

LEGO KidsFest
This summer, the LEGO KidsFest is coming to Georgia and Texas. More LEGO KidsFests will take place in the fall, in Virginia and Indiana. Each LEGO KidsFest includes creative and educational activities for the whole family to participate in. There will be LEGO and DUPLO Construction Zones, LEGO models on display, group builds, and more.

Visit the LEGO website for more details about dates and locations of the upcoming KidsFests. Children under the age of 2 can get in for free. Tickets are $20.00 for children age 3 through 17 (and also for Seniors). Tickets for adults are $22.00. Strollers are permitted, and so are cameras and video cameras.

Pottery Barn Kids Story Time
Pottery Barn Kids will be having Story Time every Tuesday, starting at 11:00 in the morning. Kids can become a book club member and receive a book club passport at their first story time, and a special gift after attending five story times. It is free to attend, and does not require registration.

On June 28, 2014, they will be holding a special Super Hero Celebration. Kids are invited to dress as their favorite super hero. They can create their own super hero mask and take home an exclusive super hero activity guide. Select stores may have a visit from Spider-Man or Captain America. Contact the Pottery Barn Kids store near you for details. This event will encourage kids to use their imaginations!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.