Spring has definitely sprung here in the Midwest (though Mother Nature thought it would be funny if it snowed on my daffodils this morning). Check out a few budget friendly ideas for getting the family back out in the fresh air and enjoying all the green things outside without parting with too much of the green things in your wallet.
Kuiper’s Midwest Tulip Festival: I usually think of crisp fall afternoons, apple doughnuts, and hand-picked pumpkins when I think of Kuiper’s, but they also offer this family friendly event in the spring. The entrance fee is a little pricier than I usually go for, but it is truly a sight to see! If you buy now through April 17 admission is it’s cheapest at $11.99/person on a weekday and $14.99/person on the weekend. After that going during the week will save you a little bit as admission will only run you $13.99/person. Weekend admission will run you $16.99/person. These prices include live music and the same kids’ activities that are open at the pumpkin farm in the fall: petting zoo, jumping pillow, playground, and more.
Spring Has Sprung… at the Library: Saint Charles library is offering spring themed activities for kids 5 and under on May 19. This event is free and drop in.
Geneva Library Toddler Events: All events are free and drop in. Tuesday April 18 is Caterpillar craft day. Thursday April 20 is Paper Plate Earth craft day. Saturday May 6 is Fanfest Face Painting day.
Windy Acres Kids’ Tea Party Planting Workshop: This 45 minute workshop is offered on May 7. The $22 fee includes: flower pot, tea, doughnut, honey stick, and flowers. You have to register in advance.
Brookfield Zoo Earth Day Run: Celebrate Earth Day on April 23 with this family friendly 2.2 mile run through the zoo. This is a great option if you are already a Zoo Member as parking and admission are free. You must register in advance.
Butterfly Release Party at Peck Farm Park: Come celebrate the start of butterfly season at Peck farm park on May 19 by releasing your very own live butterfly! There is a $15 fee and you must register in advance.
Fox River Frenzy: Bring your family to Pottawatomi Park on May 6 and welcome Spring with free activities like chaulk the walk or park puzzles. There will also be a DJ and you can meet Stanley the frog or take a tour of a real paddleboat! Most activities are free, but there is an extra fee for things like the Dash Bash.
For more low-cost and free ideas check out another post of mine: Savy Springtime Spending.