Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thrifty Thursday!

This may come as a surprise...
My children are ages four and seven, and I've never taken them to the city swimming pool!
In fact, I have never really even taken them swimming at motels or campgrounds without the help of a grandma, my sister, or Cody.  I'm a BIG CHICKEN when it comes to water!  (Odd since my brother and sister were both lifeguards!)  We've always just stuck to the kiddie pool in the backyard.

 However, this summer, I'm feeling brave!

We went swimming with my sister and her kids today, and we all survived quite nicely!

So here it comes...
Thrifty Tip #26:  Don't pay the high prices at swimming pools this summer; be on the look out for deals and creative splash options!

*Our local pool has "Splash Stimulus" deals where admission is half price during certain hours.
*Watch for "Family Night" deals where admission is just $10 for the whole family.
*Check out local wading pools which are drained and filled with fresh water every day. (also free!)
*Sprinkler parks are popping up everywhere!  (This option seems super fun and safe to me!)
*Find a clean lake with a nice beach and enjoy the benefits of God's beautiful creation!
*Buy a little kiddie pool and fill it up in the backyard.  
*If you live anywhere near the ocean, please become my best friend so I can come for a visit! (haha!)

What great activities is your family going to do to stay cool this summer?


une autre mère said...

Great ideas! There's a great FREE wading/splash pool at Union Park that we love! We used to walk to it, but we're a little too far away now... Maybe you've already been there, but if not it's totally worth it. But then you also must ride the carousel (for just 50 cents a ride)!

H-Mama said...

I'm with you. Although we've been to the pool, the dangers are never far from my mind. I can rest a lil' easier now that my girls can touch in the shallow end. We haven't mastered swimming in the deep end... At swim lessons last year, the instructor attempted this and Gracie went right under {only for a second though}. I don't think I'm ready for that. Maybe no lessons this year?? ;)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Ankeny Splash Park is free from 10-12 this summer. That's where we'll be chillin'! :)

Bea O'Problem said...

Greetings my friend,

Just a little note to clarify something before it disappears from the first page of your blog. Go back to your Chicago trip and look at the photo of a book and the bird dropping. Now, is it my imagination or are you trying to send me a subliminal message. Seriously, look at it - a chapter entitled "difficult family members" and a bird dropping on the page. Come on (wo)man, you can level with me. Look at the first paragraph, it mentions "Debbie" twice. Is "Debbie" "code" for "Mark"? You can tell me (and I just triple air-quoted in my mind). Did you have to chase the bird a long time to get him to do that?
Anyway, send me a telegram or whatever you young people are using today and we can work this out.



PS I would have written this sooner, but I was in Normandy for the 66th anniversary. Phenomenal ceremonies with WW2 veterans and current US soldiers & airmen. Met the commander of the 96th Airlift Squadron out of Minneapolis. I finagled a bag of ice for him (very rare in France) and he gave each of the kids an excellent 96th Airlift Sq - Flying Vikings patch.

Amanda said...

Great tips!! I need to make best friends that live by the ocean too! :)

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

I'm a water chicken, too. Fortunately for me, my boys sleep all afternoon, so theres no real sense in going to the pool :)