Frugal & Fun Kid's Birthdays: A Family Day

by Beth Montgomery on March 8, 2010

in Holidays, Restaurants, Tips & Basics

Photo Credit: Photography by Martine Sansoucy

This is post 2 of 7 in the series Frugal & Fun Kid’s Birthdays.

Birthdays don’t have to be about a big party or extravaganza.   On each of our children’s birthdays my husband takes the day off and we have a day that all about them and about fun as a family.

Last Wednesday was all about Izy when she turned three!   We headed first to church, because she LOVES to sing in worship and it just so happened I had to work that morning, so she got her chance.   I actually got paid for this one, so you can’t beat that.   Afterwards, we picked up daddy to eat at her favorite restaurant – Pizza Hut.   In our area, they have a buffet for lunch and dinner complete with dessert pizza, salad, bread sticks, cinnamon sticks, pasta, pizza, and so much more.   The best part   is that the cost is only $0.20 times your kid’s age, so my kids eat for $0.60 and $1 each.   If we drink water with lemon, we can all enjoy a cheap lunch out.

After lunch, we shook up our dinner at Bounce Planet using a wonderful B1G1 coupon that I got in the mail, but you can also snag some good ones on   We saved even more money here, since adults bounce FREE!   And, I just want to state for the record that Scott and I did not spend an inappropriate amount of time beating each other up in the newest American Gladiator style joust bounce house.   Oh no, that was some other parents you probably saw.   We’re way too mature for that. *blush*

As our day began to come to a close, we stopped by Toys ‘r Us to cash in Izy’s $5 gift card for some Hello! Kitty slippers she found on clearance (have to love my tiny bargain shopper!) and pick up her FREE balloon all for being part of Geoffry’s Birthday Club.   We wrapped up our day at the mall, where Izy snagged another birthday FREEbie for being a Simon’s Kidgets Member and we played a for a while in their kid’s area.   Next we headed to Johnny Rockets where kids eat FREE on Wednesdays, plus I had two coupons for FREE hamburgers with purchase from signing each of us up for the e-club.   They were even nice enough to sing to my little attention hog who soaked it all up with delight.

Final cost for our fun filled family day: $29.98

When it comes to family days, think about what you like to do as a family or think about whoever you are celebrating and their favorite things to do.   Throughout the year, you can snag coupons for these events and locations, then keep them on hand for the big day.   Or spend the day outside, because that’s almost always free!

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