Being a single mother, I don’t always have the resources to take Bash to all the extravagant places that I would love to take him to. However, thankfully, he is so easy to please. He has a few places that he loves to go to pretty much on a regular basis that are inexpensive and puts a smile on his beautiful face. So, I thought I would share them with you. ?
- Chuck E Cheese
The down side to this place it that we live in close proximity to it and pass by it every day. Of course, Bash is extremely smart, so he brings it up every time we drive by. (SIGH) Chuck E Cheese is very inexpensive especially for younger kids. If you just want to play, you can get a play pass that is around $10 for 30 play points. If you are able to make it in between 11a-2p, they have a buffet for $8. Who can beat that?! You spend les than $20 and your kid can be a kid!
If it’s not Chuck E Cheese, then it’s “jumping.” Trampoline parks are the new rage. I swear I see one on almost every corner these days. Although this place is not always ideal financially, they do usually have some great specials going on. Since school is almost out, they have plenty of deals, especially for families or multiple kids. What I don’t like about it though, is that they don’t have a discounted price for kids under a certain age. For the moms that don’t work or have a weekday off and are able to get there during the day, they have “toddler jump” for kids age 6 and under for $7.95.
- The Park
Every mom’s best friend! The park is free, and it never closes…kinda. This is oftentimes the ‘go to’ for moms, and dads for that matter. It’s a great way to get the kids out the house and into some direct sunlight instead of in front of the TV or holding an iPad. DISCLAIMER: I hate the park. I get nervous thinking about the infinite number of ways Bash could fall and break his neck, not to mention the millions of germs that infest every slide, swing and monkey bar that is on the playground. Bash is a sweet, friendly kid so he will allow the other kids touch, hit and push him out of the way and smile and laugh as if they were playing. SMH.
All in all, this mothering thing is tough, and to be honest, I don’t feel like it’s getting any easier. The older Bash gets, the more anxiety-ridden I get. It just helps when you have places to go that can allow the kids to have fun and you to get a “break.”
Let me know of some places that you like to take your children, and give other mothers some fresh ideas!