With three young children in our family, staying home can get a little old after a while. I don’t mind being home… the kids have plenty of toys, a great backyard and lots of crayons. They definitely have more than they need to “entertain” themselves. However, some days the walls just seem to be closing in and we just have to get out! Plenty of “free” options are out there for a quick little fieldtrip with little ones… one of our favorites is Pet Smart…
Pet Smart has TONS of fish, snails, crickets, etc at which to look.
They also have reptiles, birds and hamsters, guinea pigs,etc.
If you really want it to be an educational experience, here are a few tips:
1. Give your kids a clipboard and have them draw/ write (depending on the age) the animals that they see.
2. Come up with a list of questions to ask the people who work there about the different animals.
3. For younger kids, have them identify different colors of fish or birds.
4. Have older children add numbers to figure out how much it would cost to buy a fish, a tank, food, and other things involved in owning a fish.
Other free fieldtrips we take are to Borders, Target, Toys R Us, and the Library.
I generally let the kids know ahead of time that we are just going to look and we will not be buying anything. Every once in a while we might pick up an icee or a toy from the Target dollar section with the money the kids have earned from doing chores.