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Old 10-24-2010, 02:30 PM
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I currently live in Bowie, MD. My kids attend a great preschool that I love. The problem is for both my kids daycare is about 1500 a month, and thats with the youngest going to a home daycare. I just can afford it any longer. We're considering my husband working part time, and the kids staying home with him during the day. My question is, do you know of any day activities, or where I can find out about day activities where he can take them weekly for cheap or free, so that they can still have interaction with other kids? My kids are 2 and 4. We're open to activities in DC.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:26 AM
Location: Northwest Suburbs of Denver
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Hi there -

I see you posted this a while ago, but I hope you subscribed so you can see my response.

You may also want to post this question on PG Parents, which is a yahoo group for PG County. pgparents : PG Parents

When I was a full-time SAHM, I did a gigantic list of all the cheap/free things to do. I would list out the events by month and then plan around them. Only on days when there were no free events would I succumb to paying for things like the play places, open gyms, etc.

The two biggest sources for me were the libraries; the nature centers of PG Parks&Rec; and the community centers at PG Parks&Rec.

Some of the church based and co-op pre-schools are pretty affordable. I only know of the ones in the College Park/Hyattsville area, but I would imagine that there are some in Bowie as well.

I also started a couple different playgroups - I just put up flyers in businesses around my neighborhood, posted on a couple listservs, and handed flyers to people with strollers (or small kids) in the grocery store or Target. Most people were THRILLED to meet other SAHM parents.

Good luck to you and your husband in wading through this.
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