Spring Break is here! But, the economy doesn't know it or show it! What to do when tweens are ready for fun but low on funds? Here are some ideas.
The Houston Museum District consists of 19 museums in a central area in downtown Houston. All of the museums have a regularly scheduled free admission day/time, and some are just free year-round. These schedules run through Spring break weeks. There is something for everyone - tweens and older/younger patrons. There will be some cost for parking/gas and food if purchased inside a venue, or pack a picnic lunch and take an outdoor break. The Houston Zoo, fine arts, science, and weather are among the fascinating and entertaining museums to be found.
The Premiere NASA Dollar 8 is conveniently located in the Clear Lake area and big screen movies can be seen for $2. Tuesdays the price goes down to $1. That is cheaper than most rentals, even some online rentals. It will cost some gas money, but parking is free.
No transportation available? No problem - with an internet connection and a little communication with friends, tweens can enjoy games like Minecraft or Runescape where tweens can join and play for free. They can then coordinate with their peers and meet up on the same "server" to enjoy quests or create or destroy! There are still guidelines and rules to follow, and parents should observe game play, at least in the beginning. Moderators also watch online chats and warn/remove players who behave inappropriately. There are options to purchase memberships or further privileges, but free play is plenty!
Need reading materials? Again, with an internet connection, local libraries, such as Helen Hall in League City, offer e-services including downloadable books. Membership is required. Most libraries also stock DVDs - although transportation would be needed for pick up and return. (Netflix and Amazon Prime both offer a selection of movies, tv shows, and other video content for no additional cost after membership.)
Many more online games and local free activities abound - parents will just need to check them out ahead of time. With no shortage of reasonably priced or free activities, Spring Break on a budget can be great for tweens and their parents! Happy parents and happy parenting!