When you live in Bernal Heights, it seems like you can easily exhaust the local freebies available for kids and families. However, after speaking with neighbors about what to do with kids over the holidays, I realized that everyone was leaving out a valuable activity source in the neighborhood.
Best New Budget Family Activity For Bernal Heights
My suggestion for budget friendly activities that involve the family? Try following up on freedbie activities (like going to the park or Precita Eyes) by going to the new Lowe’s hardware store on Bayshore, a SF Cole Hardware location, or one of the independent ACE hardware stores in the neighborhood. It might not sound like kids and hardware stores go together, but we are not recommending that you let kids use power tools.
A Lone Shop Class Survivor Speaks Up
If you think about it, kids these days are missing out on more than art, music, and physical education due to budget cuts. Only 15 years ago, we were spoiled by industrial arts and shop class as early as 6th grade. Most kids these days don’t have that option. It’s time we took back our Home Economics and Shop Class spirit.
Once you have Home Ec and Shop Class spirit, you begin to easily see the ways to combine budget family activities. You simply reflect on fun projects you did in those classes and teach your kids how to do them. In the end, you can remind kids of the basic lesson we learned – you can make anything from scratch if you simply practice, pay attention, and follow the directions.
Serious Consequences – Why Activities With Your Kids Matter
The real consequences of not giving kids a solid introduction to Home Economics and Shop Class at home? They will be like my roommate. This individual didn’t know that people made popcorn before microwaves and can’t begin to put together a shelf from a kit to save his life. Don’t let this tragedy happen to your kid.
How Do You Get Kids To Use Power Tools If Kids Should Not Use Power Tools?
Many projects can be cut ahead of time (although kids love measuring!) when the kids aren’t around. In other words, kids are not supposed to use power tools under any circumstances. Once the pieces are cut, kids can help you assemble and paint. However, you don’t necessarily need to cut anything. In particular, you can focus on budget hardware projects for kids that use PVC pipe and gluing.
Getting Started On Budget Family Activities That Involve Hardware Stores
To get started, I recommend using a searching engine and typing in “make your own toys”. Right away, you will get suggestions for projects for kids under 5, science toys, and easy crafts. Searching through a few projects based on age levels will help you figure out which project works best for your family. I found ArtistsHelpingChildren.org to be full of helpful budget projects that were hardware store oriented.
Tool Lending Library Still Closed
Usually, you would be able to get all the tools you need for your projects for free. Although the Tool Lending Library is still closed, the good news is that the SF Clean City project that hosts it is now open. Their new location is at 666 Toland Place, 94124. That means that the SF Tool Lending Library will be able to open in the near future. Stay tuned in 2011 to the SF Tool Lending Library website for updates.
All Budget Family Activities Should Start With Going To The Birds
Need inspiration for a project? I would recommend, from personal experience, making a bird house. Any small child with a short attention span and a behavior disorder can get behind loving birds. Birdhouses are quick and easy and mainly focus on being painted. Birdhouses can also be placed anywhere (like a patio) and make great gifts for neighbors.
Birdhouses Can Start A Tsunami Of Future Budget Family Fun In SF
Especially in San Francisco, birdhouses subsequently lead to more family activity opportunities by default. People talk about SF being dog friendly, but it is also one of the most bird friendly cities. By building a birdhouse, you make an important step toward starting a real conversation with kids about the expansive world of bird knowledge in their own backyard. For example, in addition to talking about birds with the kids after viewing them on the internet, you can go birdwatching at Bernal Hill.
Birdhouse making, bird watching and learning about birds can eventually lead to getting involved with the extremely active Audubon Society of Golden Gate Park. In 2011, the Audubon Society will host over 100 field trips in San Francisco. If you are thinking about long term budget family activities, this could be your golden ticket.
To learn more about the Golden Gate Audubon Society’s 2011 Field Trip Calendar, check their frequently updated website.
Kids Learning More About Birds
There are many great resources for educating the kids and having fun when learning about birds. For example, National Geographic has a crafting section on their kids page that includes a bird related craft and the Audubon Society focuses on bird education just for kids.