Parents need fun kids’ activities that won’t break your budget. Moms are constantly trying to find activities to occupy their kids. After we find them, we struggle with the logistics. How do we get them there? Who does pick up? Do they need snacks? We city moms have an additional struggle. Can we afford it? The prices of kid’s activities and classes in major cities like NYC and LA are astronomical! Sure, we would love to have our 8-year-old participate in a forensic science program, but who has thousands of dollars to spend on a couple of weeks? But there’s hope! There are five kid’s activities that won’t break your budget. Here they are.
1. Martial arts
There are a ton of different forms. From karate to taekwondo to jiu jitsu, the choices are many. It would seem that because of the many forms and places to pursue, that has significantly reduced the cost. Most martial arts programs can be had for less than $200 per month in urban areas and probably even less in rural places.
This is of course a life skill that kids should learn. Swimming classes are also fairly inexpensive. With the availability of community centers and pools, and also the Y, six-week classes can be had for minimal fees.
This may only be age appropriate for older kids but is an interesting pursuit. There are many rowing clubs that are free and require no prowess or experience, just a commitment to task.
This sport may traditionally be associated with high cost. Not so anymore. There are now programs that partner with country clubs (NYJL) to access under-utilized court space and time, so that kids can get access to tennis training.
5. Government programs
When all else fails, the local department of education invests in a slew of programs to support schools and families. You just have to do the research; the programs will not always come knocking on your door.
So, what’s next moms? Setting your budget and schedule, and then plugging in those activities. Is it time consuming? It sure is. But think of the alternative, trying to entertain them all the time by yourself.