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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Frugal Family Days: Celebrating The Guthrie Theater



During the next few months, I plan to showcase some of the free things my family will do over the Summer. I'm still pretty frugal, even though I changed my name.  I still look for ideas to save my family money.  One way is finding cheap activities to keep everyone busy.


To kick of our free adventures, I decided that it would be super fun to attend the Guthrie's 50th Anniversary celebration last weekend.  Since none of us had been there yet, I thought what better time to check it out.
The event was free and chock full of fun!

We started at the Whole Foods tent where we all made own own Trail Mix.  Yummy!


My son photo bombed my picture!  





Target sponsored the event and provided all sorts of goodies for guests like Target reusable bags, Cake Pops, lemonade, and treats.


On the second floor, the bridge gave an awesome view of our river, the great Mississippi.



My kids are silly aren't they?

The glass wall had this weird yellow hue to it.  Not sure why.

The last stop was the top floor which had huge a glass wall.  On the floor, there was a piece cut out and you could look straight down.  I'm so afraid of heights, I wouldn't dare step on it, but the boys were more daring.

We didn't get a chance to see a play, though we wanted to.  There were just too many people and I started to get a bit claustrophobic.

As we left, we saw some friends of ours and decided to sit and chat on the patio.  All in all, it was a great family day and we only paid five bucks to park.

What frugal outings do you do with your family? 






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  1. Now that looks fun! The boychild and I like to go to free museum days!

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  2. That looks like a good time!! I guess I never really look good enough for free things to do, other than visiting city parks & playgrounds. I'll have to take some pointers from you!

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    1. Girl, it's all about savin' some green!

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  3. Oh that's extra fun! :-) ... So far: bowling alley has kids bowl free all summer long (only pay for shoe rental. We've been twice, I think), Lowe's does the Building workshop and I just discovered Michael's classes, which are normally $2 a person. (That was a horrible sentence, wasn't it? LOL) I went to a genealogy class at the history center and I'm going to a clay beading demonstration on Saturday. Hmmm... library's summer reading program. Besides this week, I only have two more weeks to plan for the kids' summer. They'll be with their dad for two weeks starting Friday then two weeks home before school starts! I'm sure they just got out of school yesterday. LOL... I want to do some research and really plan the last weeks so they'll have a lot of fun memories.

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    1. Ooh, thanks for sharing the tips Petula! I plan to do some of these and blog about them.

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  4. Hi Stacie! Definitely like a frugal day of summer fun. The kids and I just hit the cheap movies yesterday. I'm all about taking our snacks and their all about buying their snacks. However, since they don't work, guess who gets to control that part, too. Now, today, we're headed to the Harbor to watch the boats...free, of course. Though, the whole summer won't be free, it's nice to throw some freebies in there also.

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    1. It sure is Sharon. I know we have to spend money sometimes, like today I spent way too much on a Food Truck Fair. Having those free events balances everything out.

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  5. Looks like a lot of fun! My little one enjoys a day at the park (with a playground) or simply taking a bus/train. She's easy to please for now...

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    1. Oh, enjoy those easy to please days! I plan to take a few simple trips to the park as well. :)

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  6. Looks like you all had such fun! You have a beautiful family. We like to drive up to Charlotte, NC (50 minutes away) for the day and peruse around the outlet mall. I pack snacks and drinks to offset food costs and we eat one meal in a restaurant. It's not the most frugal outing, but it feels like a getaway!

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    1. Thank you Shelley! Why did I think you lived in Chicago lol? The fact that you pack snacks is still a great way to save money.

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