Since Ron and I both work full-time, we don't have as much of an opportunity to spend time with him as we would like. However, we do make time on the weekends (if Ron isn't putting in overtime, of course). Since we live in Chicago, we have many options available for "quality time". The Chicago Public Library offers free family passes to all of the museums (Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, ect.). If you live near an urban area, this could be an option for you, too! Also, the Lincoln Park Zoo is not only the oldest zoo in the country, but it is also one of the last free zoos as well. For those of you who homeschool and/or unschool, field trips are a wonderful way for children to learn about the world around them! In addition to the museum passes, every museum has a "free day". Near my work, the Art Institute is open on Tuesdays for free, which for me, is the perfect way to spend my lunch hour!
Another idea, which is both very Pagan-friendly and not too expensive, is to take a drive out to the country and go where you're allowed to pick your own fruits and vegetables. What a nice way to celebrate holidays like Lammas, the First Harvest! And what would be Samhain without going out to choose the "perfect pumpkin" for carving?
Also, places like the Renaissance Faire a fun way for kids to "live" in another era, living in history, while Mom can shop around with all the Pagan-friendly merchants!
Chicago Public Library
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cook County Forest Preserves
Bristol Renaissance Faire
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