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Being Poor Can Be Fun

My daughter's new BFF has a lake.

No, no, no - she doesn't live on  a lake. She has  a lake. Which is a pretty big difference, if you know much about lakes, or lake ownership, or the cost associated with stocking a private lake with the appropriate number of pedal boats.

In contrast, just to give you some perspective, the water feature at my house is an outdoor activity table filled with rain water. Not quite as impressive, entertainment-wise.

Oh, did I mention the BFF is coming over for a playdate?

Now, I'm assuming we aren't her only poor friends. We live in a semi-crappy area (no offense, any neighbors who might be reading this), so odds are she's hung out with some Non-Lake people before. But I'm fully prepared to send this girl home begging  her parents to be broke. That's how much fun we're going to have.

How, you ask?

With some games and activities I usually save for mid-summer, when my kids are sick of the playground and a plain old trip to the park needs some special spicing up. So if you're looking for a way to make the day a little different and a little more exciting, whether it's because your kids are bored or because you're weirdly trying to impress their friends, check out my 7 ways to have more fun at the park. As a bonus, they're all FREE - which leaves plenty of money left over for that lake you've always wanted. Or maybe just some mosquito spray for the activity table.

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Gerard Welling said...

It is a very nice activity table. And it's more of a pond than a lake. And... okay, we're poor. But we're rich in a bunch of stuff that doesn't matter, like love, etc.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Who needs crap like love and junk? Will love keep me cool on a summer day, or make the neighbors jealous??? I want a lake!

No wait, I take that back. I want the love. A lake would be nice too, though. That's all I'm saying.

Amy at Funny is Family said...

How about a lake to love? Love and a lake. BOOM.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

We CAN have it all!

rorybore said...

Some great ideas for enjoying the outdoors.
As for the lake, I just bought one of those inflatable boats for $5, and fill it with water on a hot day. kids don't care - they have a blast. And bonus: technically, no one needs a bath later! which means wine o clock comes an hour earlier.
but those lake people never thought of that! ha

Stacie said...

Love it that you are sending her home begging to be broke, lol!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

It's my only hope!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

That's right! Look at them with their scummy old lakes, bathing their filthy kids while we laugh all the way to the wine box - ha!

SocialButterflyMom said...

I love free fun. Count me in!

Lori Wescott said...

Scavenger hunts at the park have saved me many a day! Good tips!!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...


Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Free is the BEST kind of fun. ;)

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