But this year I've discovered we still don't need a family pass to anything because we discovered PetSmart. And it's free.
Maggie and the boys have spent the last couple of weekends going up and down every aisle and squealing with delight at each bird, fish, frog, kitty, and gerbil. PetSmart doesn't sell dogs (they want you to go to the shelter--so smart) but they do dog grooming in front of an enormous window--so we can watch 6 dogs at a time getting haircuts. Maggie absolutely loves this and stood spellbound waiting for a certain hairy dog's eyes to appear from under the mop of hair on his face. Plus there are more dogs on leases with their owners checking out dog toys and the like. Will barked at each one. Sometimes he thinks he's a puppy.
Did I mention that all of this is free? Bonus--I don't think Maggie knows it is a store, as in, everything there could be bought and taken home. So basically, there's no pressure--just fun.
Are there any free activities your kids love? Do share!