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Now that winter is really upon us, it’s time to start looking for some fun indoor activities to keep the kids busy!
Check out this free workshop at Home Depot on Saturday, Feb. 3. At this event, you and your kids can make a free Valentine bean bag toss.
You’ll help your child construction a game board, then let them go to town decorating it with paint and stickers.
This workshop runs from 9 a.m. to noon and you can register online now!
You’ll get to take home the bean bag toss, plus your child will receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin—how cool is that?
If you haven’t already explored the Home Depot website, you’ll find tons of other DIY workshops for adults, too. You can learn how to install a tile backsplash or make a spice rack, for example.
National Parks Free Days
If your New Year’s resolution involves spending less money and spending more time in nature, you’ll want to add these dates to your calendar, too.
There are three remaining days in 2018 where you can visit the National Parks for free!
Of the National Park Service’s 417 parks throughout the United States, 118 normally charge an admission fee between $25 and $30. While the remaining parks are always free, this promotion is a great way to take advantage of those parks that would normally cost you.
Just keep in mind that the entrance fee for waiver-free days does not cover amenity or user fees such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.
Still, packing up a cooler full of snacks and setting out to enjoy the great outdoors is an awesome, cheap way to spend the day, not to mention good exercise. You can also score some pretty epic selfies for Instagram, like this user who captured the awesome view at Yosemite this past summer:
Some of the most noteworthy and popular parks are included in the free entrance days, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Joshua Tree National Park and Yosemite National Park in California, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Wouldn’t you love to see these dramatic vistas?
For super nature enthusiasts, the National Park Service also offers its annual America The Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for $80, which allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. Senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students and disabled students are also eligible for free or discounted passes.
You can gain free admission to the parks on the following dates:
- April 21 – The start of National Parks Week
- September 22 – Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
So what are you waiting for? Grab some hiking boots, grab your friends and get out there!