Sometimes it's hard to come up with fun, inexpensive things to do in a small city. With fewer options comes the opportunity for more creativity when finding a memory making experience. Below are ten ideas to make a positive, memory-filled day. Check back from time to time for more ideas.

You Can:

  • Build a castle out of a refrigerator box
  • Make dinner for the two of you to share
  • Create an indoor, miniature golf course in your house
  • Tie-dye t-shirts to wear on outings
  • Make-up and play home-made board games
  • Create puppets and put on a puppet show
  • Learn a new sport or activity to do together
  • Pretend to be a reporter and interview a neighbor
  • Plan a pretend vacation to a exotic land
  • Learn to sing a song and record your own version



  • Take a leisurely hike
  • Fishing
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Explore a local park or mountain
  • Try out a new sport together
  • Think, "earth day"
  • Fly a kite
  • Local sports games
  • Make a snowman
  • Ice-skating
  • Sledding or tubing
  • Take a local hayride
  • Enjoy fall foliage
  • Collect and rake leaves-make pressed leave collages with the leaves
  • Mini Golf
  • Go on a camera scavenger hunt
  • Collect rocks, then wash them and paint on them with acrylic paint
  • Take a walk with a momento bag & collect interesting leaves, rocks etc
  • Make a bird feeder and hang it outside somewhere
  • Have a picnic
  • Plant a garden

Getting to know Each Other

  • Share pictures, stories, and fun memories with your Little
  • Make all about Me posters together - using magazine clippings, makers, paint etc
  • Teach your Little a sport or hobby that you enjoy then ask them to teach you something
  • Start a scrapbook of things you've done together

Rainy Days or Brainy Days

  • Check out a museum or library
  • Download cool site:
  • Instead of ordering a pizza, MAKE YOUR OWN!
  • Decorate Easter Eggs
  • Bake a pie
  • Create your own valentines
  • Make a collage with pictures from old magazines and newspapers
  • Make holiday cards and help your Little address and send them
  • Think of New Year's resolutions
  • Have a fun spa day‚Ķ.do finger and toe nails, facials, hair etc.
  • Try yoga
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Make a jack o' lantern
  • Create and/or brainstorm Halloween costume ideas
  • Talk about upcoming elections and related topics (appropriate ones)
  • with your Little regarding the voting process and things of interest to you
  • Surf the Internet for interesting things; here are a few sites:,
  • Burn a CD of your favorite songs
  • Go to the movies or rent a video
  • Paint an original T-shirt that both of you can wear
  • Go bowling
  • Write a letter to an author of a book your Little really likes
  • Learn to count or learn some phrases in a foreign language
  • Make some yummy cookies
  • Start a stamp collection
  • Finger-paint with chocolate, lemon or strawberry pudding
  • Take turns styling each other's hair

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