In March, parents need to keep some fun and entertaining ideas to help balance the weather extremes. Here are some ideas to keep things interesting in mid-March.
March 12 Plant a Flower Day
Flower seeds and potting soil can be purchased for less than $5 total planting in reused food containers. The family can learn about gardening and plan to beautify the house at the same time. Visiting a local garden specialty store or the Des Moines Botanic Gardens can also make an interesting trip for families.
March 14 Pi Day
Mathematical pi is 3.14 -- but the food pie can be celebrated, too. Making a pie from scratch teaches baking, a life skill, and gives some quality bonding time for less than $10, especially if using pudding instead of fruit and nuts. Mathematical discussion over dessert is optional. Visiting a local bakery or spice shop would add variety to typical field trips.
March 15 The Ides of March
Everyone needs to eat, and home cooking is a great way to practice frugality -- why not eat pasta for dinner or lunch and add some culture by discussing ancient Rome? The Italian-American Center has a small museum that is free and open to the public.