5 Fun, Frugal Activities from the Dollar Tree
It’s August, and my kids have just about a month left of their summer break. We’ve enjoyed plenty of great weather, beach days, and time together! Some of our favorite things to do are simple activities, and one of my favorite places to find fun, frugal activities is the Dollar Tree. Today I’m sharing 5 activities you can find at your local Dollar Tree!
Kids love bubbles, and you can easily pick them up at the Dollar Tree. Yesterday I saw at least 4 different sized and themed bottles of bubbles! They even had a couple multi-packs. Bubbles is a great activity for a wide variety of ages (including adults)!
The amount of activity books at the Dollar Tree is endless. You can find coloring books, mazes, word searches, sticker books, educational activities, and more! These are particularly great for road trips, rainy days, and quiet time.
If you’re looking to get your young ones moving, grab a plastic bat and ball set! Take it to the beach or park. Better yet, invite your neighbors over for an evening ball game!
You can get a small pack of 8 blank cards (with envelopes) for $1. While you’re at it, buy some pens and stickers, too. Write a letter and decorate it. Write just for fun or send out a letter to someone who could use a little cheering up!
Ice cream Treat
Did you know that many of the Dollar Trees sell Blue Bunny ice cream ? My kids love when they can get an ice cream treat from the Dollar Tree. I’m happy to oblige because you can’t beat the price!
If you live near a Dollar Tree, drop in this week, and see what fun, frugal ideas you can find! Happy August!!
*You can find 3 Dollar Tree Stores on Cape Cod in Dennisport, South Yarmouth & Hyannis.
Charissa was born and raised on Cape Cod. After 9 years away from the Cape, she and her husband returned home to start their family. A former 5th grade teacher, Charissa has spent the last 12 years at home with her 3 children while working various part-time jobs. Just about a year and a half ago she decided to pursue something she had been thinking about for many years; she started a blog! She loves sharing her passion for living a full life without all the busy over at http://www.thenotsobusymom.com/. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@thenotsobusymom) to learn more.
StoryLand Characters Come to Life During Annual Family Vacation
Last year we brought you some great tips for how to make the most out of your visit to Story Land (click here to read again). This year we bring you 3 additional Pro-Tips as well as some interviews with the kids!
During our recent family vacation to North Conway, we ran into several characters at Story Land and because it wasn’t crazy busy we were able to have a little more one on one time getting to know them. I am always amazed at how much the kids love seeing the characters. Check out Ethan's interview with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Little Red Riding Hood where he asks them all about how they felt about being in a movie. He then asks Mother Goose later on about her favorite nursery rhymes, what her favorite part of each season is and finds out that Lucy the Goose and StoryLand are celebrating 65 years this year!
We are so incredibly grateful to have had the chance once again to celebrate with our favorite characters at one of our favorite places in New England. 65 years is a long time to make children and families smile and we can't wait for the next 65 years! See Ethan's interviews below and our 3 additional pro tips we share this season!
Additional tips to consider for your trip to StoryLand! Also be sure to review the tips we share last year to make sure you have a fantastic stress free visit!
Amy is the Cape Cod Moms blog founder and a working mom of two children, a son and daughter. A native Cape Codder she is extremely passionate about her community. She works full time in the accounting & financial industry, is a current director and former Treasurer of the Falmouth Rotary Club, co-founder of the former Falmouth Young Professionals and volunteers actively in the community. Amy has a background in elementary education, special education and was a former competitive swimmer for 15 years.
Halloween Activities on Cape Cod and Off
My kids love Halloween and all the activities that happen around it. Here is a list of some things to do on and off Cape Cod.
Museum of Science Haunted Halls
10/29 and 10/30 9am-5pm
All the features you love about the Museum will be here, but with a Halloween-themed twist! This event is free with Exhibit Halls admission.
DJ-hosted dance party and family-friendly costume contest.
Legoland Brick-or-Treat 10/1-10/31 10am-7pm
In October, something funny comes over LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston as it comes to life with Brick-or-Treat!
Jump inside the World’s Spookiest Box of LEGO® Bricks ever during Brick-or-Treat, every weekend in October (and on Monday, October 31st)! Little ghosts and goblins can experience themed décor, costume contests, scavenger hunts, special Halloween LEGO® builds, and more, all included in the price of admission!
Falmouth TRICK OR TREAT STROLL ON MAIN STREET 10/29 1pm
Falmouth Village Main Street
Halloween Parade begins at 1 pm on the Village Green. Village Merchants open their doors to hand out candy to the children as they pass by.
Spooky Splash Open House 10/30 12-4pm
Join the National Marine Life Center for our Halloween Open House! Come in costume! Learn about spooky ocean animals! Enjoy arts and crafts and games and refreshments. Tour our Marine Animal Hospital and meet our seal and turtle patients. Admission: $5/person; Members FREE Admissions help care for sick turtles and seals.
A VISIT FROM THE NIGHT WATCHMAN 10/29 6pm-9pm
Falmouth Museums on the Green
In October near All Hallows Eve, spirits and memories come alive in old houses after dark. Join the night watchman to see what spirits inhabit the Dr. Francis Wicks House. www.museumsonthegreen.org
Halloween Kids Fest weekends in October plus 10/10 11am-3pm
Edaville Pumpkins Aglow during operating hours in October
Edaville SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN BASH 10/29 1pm-8pm
Family Halloween Festival 10/28 and 10/29 5pm-8pm
$10 Members, $15 Non-members, free for infants 2 and younger
Join the Halloween dance party with DJ Ooch, go on a hayride, get a temporary tattoo, join in the fun in Hidden Hollow, and enjoy themed drinks and snacks from the Magnolia Café. Come in costume and be part of the fun! New this year: Meet characters from the movies, craft your own fantastic mask, and navigate your way through a burlap maze!
The Spooky Goofy Halloween Safety Magic Show 10/29 11am-11:45am
Join Magician Greg McAdams for a special show incorporating Halloween safety, magic, comedy, and audience participation! Geared for ages 2-8, but all ages are welcome.
Toe Jam Puppet Band 10/29 1:30pm
Snow Library, Orleans
The show will run from 1:30-2:15pm after show you can attend the Halloween stroll.
Wellfleet Trunk or Treat 10/31 4pm-7pm
Trunk or Treat is a fun and safe way for children of all ages to trick or treat on Halloween night. We host our Trunk or Treat at the Wellfleet Drive-In and Cinemas in Wellfleet. We line up vehicles in the wooded parking area where families can bring kids to trick or treat from trunk to trunk. All trunks are decorated and are excited to see all of the local families having a great time on Halloween night.
Green Halloween 10/29 10am-2pm
Wear a costume and join the FUN at the annual CCMNH and Brewster Chamber of Commerce GREEN HALLOWEEN event! No Tricks…All Treats! New this year: The Spooky House PLUS: The Agway Maze, Treat Trail Scavenger Hunt, Pirates Hideaway House and Spider Web Game as well as activity stations with crafts, games, honeybee jamboree, refreshments and more!
$5 Children (3-16: must be accompanied by an adult) Adults with Children are FREE! General Admission for Adults without children.
What other Halloween activities do you have to add?
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As parents we all have those secret moments when we take a timeout from the family, kids, work etc. These moments don't happen often and I have noticed that now I have to be super creative for where to go for those moments. The kids almost ALWAYS seem to sense you are taking a few mins to yourself and come knocking or barging in.... especially the bathroom!
So in the spirit of it being Friday, I wanted to do something fun today for a blog post! As you can see I'm grabbing 5 mins to read a few page of my amazing book while chugging down my caramel mocha... shhh don't tell the kids! I want to know what your seret mommy timeout is! Share below in the comments, or if you want to join the silly fun today: post a picture to our Facebook page or tweet us @capecodmommies #momtimeout a picture of you enjoying A few precious 5 mins to yourself!
Anyone with little ones looking for something FREE and FUN
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