Today was my kids’ first official first day of summer vacation, and we started out with a bang…frugal style.
Due to some very impressive grades we started out at Chuck E Cheese, a place we only go once or twice a year. The kids were excited, and I managed to save a few cents by using a coupon. Not much, but this was a special treat to reward the fantastic grades. Instead of eating at Chuck E Cheese, we went by a nearby Taco Bell, where we walked through the Drive Thru due to construction inside. This sure was a highlight of the day, and although the kids were a bit taken aback by the invitation to take the stroller through the drive thru, they sure felt special afterwards.
We had brought our own drinks, so we walked to a nearby college, where we had a “Taco Bell” picnic on the playground. The kids played, the baby and I stayed in the shade – everyone were happy. When we had enough sun and fun on the playground, we continued on to the college library, where we signed the three boys up for this year’s summer vacation reading program. The kids get prizes, each time they have read a certain amount of minutes, and they also receive several entries into a big drawing of fun prizes at the end of the summer. One year, we won four tickets to see a Miami Dolphin game, and the kids will never forget this special reading prize.
We picked out books to take home for some summer reading including Goosebumps, Magic Tree House, a few Newbury Medal books, a shark book plus some dvds about sharks, the ocean and astronomy.
Then it was time for a magic show, because the library had a fantastic magician come in for about an hour. The kids were thrilled, my empty wallet was thrilled, and they were especially amazed by the brown rabbit which magically appeared out of a pot full of fire.
My highlight of the show was watching how a couple of tween girls moved closer and closer to my tween son, who is amazingly unaware of his good looks. I kept on thinking, how did this happen? When did this start? But, yes…it has begun. By the end of the show, the giggling girls were sitting right next to my son, who still was completely oblivious to the fact that he was the center of their attention.
After the magic show, the boys requested a trip to a nearby lake, and so we went. We bypassed the many vending machines on campus, and instead I pulled out some cheap snacks and a couple of bottles of our frozen water, which was deliciously ice cold. We found a bench in the shade, where the kids could study the turtles and other wildlife.
Finally, we played a game of Periodic Table at the college, where I attempted to pass on a bit of my knowledge of the elements. The college has a great huge periodic table in stone, and I sure plan on incorporating it into our studies although I am not a fan…
After returning home the kids did their reading for the day, before we started out a Goosebunp marathon with sweet affordable popsicles.
Summer vacation has begun, and our kids are looking forward to a fun time with days at the beach, the pool and wherever else we can find some free or frugal fun.
Did your kids start summer vacation yet? What fun and frugal stuff do you have planned?