In need of a fun family activity to do on the weekend? Check out your local bus system.
My boys are huge train lovers. But traveling anywhere and taking a train ride is usually a pretty time consuming and expensive trip. Instead of shelling out $75 in train tickets, I've discovered that I can get the boys just as excited to go and ride the bus (hope this excitement lasts through high school!). And since in the college town where I live a university ID (which I have) gets you on free and kids under 5 (which Thing1 and Thing2 are) are also free, we only have to shell out $1 each way for Superman.
Today's trip. We are riding to the public library. It seems the novelty has worn off the half dozen train books I got the boys back in November. But this time, instead of buying new books, I'm going to take them to the library and let them pick a few out.
$2 in bus far. $0 in book rental. = An inexpensive family filled Saturday afternoon. Which = happy Mommy!