Frugal Family: Kid-Friendly Finds

Patch scoured our local resources to come up with kid-friendly activities you can do as a family, or kids can do alone.

Don’t let the sour economy get you down. There are still plenty of free, or inexpensive, activities you can do with your kids on a budget. So head out in the Tri-City area for family fun your wallet will love.

Most require parent supervision and many of them are free, only requiring registration, if anything at all.


Deal: For $3 per child, kids can play at Kid’s Castle. There's an indoor bounce houser, jungle gym maze, rides, games and costume characters.

The Fine Print: $3 covers admission only. Snack bar and other items must be purchased. 

Extra, Extra: Set up a school or group fundraisere.

Good through: Regular pricing, ongoing.


Deal: Learn together as a family at the Union City Historical Museum. Find out about the city's past and browse old local newspaper articles. Admission is free.

The Fine Print: The museum is closed Sunday through Wednesday.

Extra, Extra: Buy Union City through the Years and the Union City Historical Museum Oral History Book while you're there. 

Good through: Ongoing.


Deal: Save money when you buy flights in bulk for the entire family, and even more money when you pick a package with a couple of restrictions. Right now a family of up to five can purchase 10 flights for $199.95. The package includes a DVD of your flight session along with training, use of flight gear and a personalized flight certificate for each flyer.

The Fine Print: No more than five flyers may use the package, though fewer may split the 10 flights. Time restrictions apply.

Extra, Extra: Don’t want to worry about time restrictions? Upgrade to an "anytime" package for $40 more.

Good through: Ongoing.


Deal: Have a mommy-and-me day shopping at Justice. Pick up tank tops for $8.90 each when you buy two or more, or load up on socks while they are buy two pairs, get one free.

The Fine Print: No coupon required. All items are on sale.

Extra, Extra: Pick up graphic tees and leggings while you’re there, $14.90 each when you buy two or more.

Good through: While sale lasts.


Deal: Feed farm animals at Ardenwood while learning about each animal’s favorite foods. The cost to participate is $1 to $5. Kids will check for eggs, bring hay to the livestock and help tuck the critters for the evening.

The Fine Print: Feedings are scheduled weekly Thursdays through Sundays. Ardenwood admission fees vary by day of the week.

Extra, Extra: Children under 4 are free.

Good Through: Ongoing.


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