Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Frugal 5 – Camping with the Grandchildren Addition

My husband and I are taking the grandkids camping for a weekend. They are 3 yrs. and 5 yrs. which means we'll need to keep them busy.
1. We picked a State Park at $27 per night. We plan to do all the free stuff around the State Park during our weekend. They have a playground, beach, hiking trails, fossil hunting, a nature center, a wildlife rescue habitat, along with other activities. They have planned activities too like crafts, movies, and nature programs. Everything is free to park visitors.

2. I collected a few fun/crafty activities for the grandkids to do that I had in my stash of supplies. They’ll enjoy doing activities at the picnic table in the evening after dinner. I have bubbles and sidewalk chalk packed to use. I have beach toys too. We have a couple cartoon movies to watch in the evening before bedtime. I didn’t have to spend any money on any of these items, because I already own them.

3. I picked up a few clearance snacks that they will enjoy like Teddy Grahams and a trail mix. They'll have fun making a Jell-O Creations Dessert Kit S'Mores Cups on Saturday afternoon after lunch.  I have cocoa and the makings for S’mores over the campfire too.

4. We’ll keep the meals simple, cheap, and kid friendly. I’ll prepare a few things at home to take with us with food we already have like muffins for breakfast. I’ll make a fruit salad and 2 meals worth of macaroni and cheese. I could cook all the food while camping but preparing a few things will save us time. An example dinner will be grilled chicken breast, macaroni and cheese, and fruit salad. On Saturday night we’ll do a foil meal with hamburger, corn on the cob, and roasted potatoes over the campfire too. I’ll keep the food budget low by using as much as I can from home.

5. I researched things to do in the community near the campground if we need more options. I found a sculpture park $8 per adult, wet parks $3.50 per child, indoor parks $2.50 per child, and traditional parks are free. We may or may not end up using any of these options but at least we have ideas.