I feel like there is a theme to our summer vacation this year. That would be:
"Either Free or Pretty Darn Cheap!!"
People frequently ask me if we are going anywhere this summer. I always say, "No, we went on vacation last year so it will be a few years until our next." I wish this weren't true. But, since it is, we are making the best of it and having a blast at home. We have been quite busy and everything we have done has been free or really close to it. We get zoo and COSI passes every year, so we have been to those places a few times already. We have also seen cheap or free movies, gone to the near by spray ground, played outside, library activities and much more.
Yesterday was a new adventure.
Downtown, a new spray park opened- full of fountains shooting up in the air. We decided to go check it out. It did not disappoint- we had tons of fun! We parked a distance away and walked there. It was a good 20-25 min walk, but the kids all had a great time with almost no complaining! We stopped along the way at one of the swings- here is a picture of some of the kids:
From left to right: Faith, Sheridan, Annie, Meghan, Ashlyn, Hayden, Jacob, Ellen and Rachel. (this wasn't all the kids- just what would fit on the swing- we had 15 kids total in our group!!
Once we finally got there- they cooled off in the water!
On Wednesdays throughout the year, there are activities sponsored by a local radio station- with a different theme each week. This week was a science theme! The girls got to plant seeds to take him with them:
Kenny loved the booth where they experimented with dry ice. The picture didn't turn out, but he is basically holding a "bubble" of dry ice- dry ice within a bubble of water. Then, when he closed his hand the bubble popped and the dry ice evaporated! Kenny spent a TON of time at this booth:
There was also a prize wheel (where we won two tickets to some kids movies coming up) and they did an art project by gluing beans on paper. As you can see from Kenny's picture- they also got free ice cream! They were just handing them out to everyone! And, this character, whoever he is, was walking around and made for a fun photo op:
So it was all this for FREE! All I paid was less than $2 in coins for the parking meter!
And, the bonus is we found a much quicker way back to our cars- it only took about 10 minutes to walk back! It was way crowded though at this park- probably because of all of the activities. It was a little unnerving trying to keep track of everyone. It just seemed really easy to lose kids. But, we all made it back! Though it was fun to go on a Wednesday and do the activities, we will likely go again on a different day when it won't be too busy.
Either way, it was a blast! Another great summer day to add to our memories. I love my kids!
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