Finding things to do with your baby can be a daunting task and some classes and activities can add up fast.
A music class can cost $150 for 8 sessions.
A parent/tot movement class can cost $65 for 7 sessions.
A swim class can cost $80 for 8 sessions.
Since your baby is under a year old, it is not necessary to spend that much money on a class when there are FREE classes and activities available.
The FIRST place to check out should be your local library.
Your library may have story hour for children of all ages. Our library offers story hour multiple times throughout the week for ages 6months-school age. Our library also offers music class for children 1-5 years old. Not only are these classes taught by educated, caring professionals, but they are also FREE.
Like museums? Check out Museum Free Days. If you do not live near a major city, check out your local museum website. They typically offer a free day every few months.
Zoo Days! A day trip to the zoo can be expensive if you don’t have a zoo pass. Check out your local zoo for free days!
Play Lands. Now…I am a germ-a-phobe and don’t love the ‘play lands’ at the mall. HOWEVER, if you sanitize REALLY well, they can offer a great opportunity for your child to be mobile in an open space. (Just try to go during a non-busy time.)
Nature Center. Some of these locations can cost money, but there are many state parks that should have free outdoor and indoor nature centers. Your baby can see animals in their natural environment.
Farm. Your park district may have a farm or equestrian center. It is free to visit, look at the animals, and occasionally they will allow you to feed the animals.
Check out your Park District! Your park district may offer free classes or activities. You probably just need to sign up for it and attend.
What activities have you done with your child for free?