free local fun kidsTop Places Near You to Turn into as Easy Kid-Friendly Adventure

Maybe it’s somewhere you have never been or just a new way to look at somewhere you frequent!

1. DollarEverything's a Dollar Stores

Trying giving your kids a few dollars to pick out anything they want – they feel like it is their birthday and it teaches them a lesson about the value of dollar! Check out Buzzfeed’s Article, 26 Useful Dollar-Store Finds Every Parent Should Know About, for a list of things you can do with dollar store find.

2. Pet StoresPet store adventure

It’s like going to the zoo only smaller, less crowded and cheaper (as long as you don’t leave with a new pet).  Go to Petco’s website to find local special adoption days.

3. Nail Salons

Many salons offer reduced rates for the little one’s to get their nails painted with mom.

4. Coffee ShopsCoffee with kids

Kids love feeling like grown-ups at the coffee shop. Hot Cocoa with whipped cream is real treat (and coffee for mom and dad’s not so bad either). Many coffee shops have a game shelf, or plan ahead and pack a bag with your own games to enjoy. Make it extra special and find a coffee shop with a fireplace to cozy up next to with the kids.Some of our favorite local coffee shops to frequent with the kiddos
Dunn Brothers – Linden Hills, West Side Perk – Bloomington, Butter Bakery, Minneapolis, Sovereign Grounds in Minneapolis has a great kid’s area.

5. Your Local LibraryLibrary free fun

Minnesota is fortunate enough to have some amazing libraries. There is so much more than books to be found, such as classes, computers, story times and some of the best play areas for kids. Visit your local library’s website for a list of happenings. Hennepin County Library Events for Kids

6. Home Depot

The first Saturday of the Month Home Depot offers FREE kids workshops where they get to do a project to take home.

7. Craft Stores Craft class kids free fun

Craft stores inspire your kids’ creativity! They also often offer classes.

8. Grocery Stores Salad Bar

Stop by your grocery store’s salad bar to grab food for a picnic. The selection is big enough that everyone can find something they want. Kids love making their own dish and it’s portable! Helpful hint- This has proven to be a good way to get children try more fruits and vegetables – There’s something about picking them out herself that gets her to eat more than at home!

9. High School Sporting Events

Do you have a little one that is into sports but don’t want to spring the big bucks to go to a professional game? Try taking them to your local high school sporting events. It’s a great way to ‘test’ out the waters before shelling out the real cash (and potential headaches) for a game downtown!

10. Ikea. Free kid fun ikea

Going to Ikea is a fun place to take little ones and spend half of your paycheck on functional furniture and organizational items you didn’t even realize you needed!

Start with an inexpensive breakfast or lunch at the cafe (Kid’s Eat Free on Tuesdays)

ikea kid adventure free

Then equip your child with a map, measuring tape and pencil that can be found throughout the store, and let the adventure begin! Let your kids lead the way as they follow the arrows. Add to the fun by having them be on the look out for random items – Who can find a green chair or the light shaped like a balloon? Stop and let them open doors and play with the kitchen in the children’s section for a few minutes. If you need a little adult time, you can always take them to the free supervised kid’s play area while you finish shopping. Exploring can be exhausting – end the trip to with a delicious $1 ice cream cone!

Looking for more inexpensive ideas for kid-friendly fun?  Check out these awesome ideas!

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