During a recent, week-long string of rainy days, I had to get a little creative. With a 5 and 3 year old bouncing off the walls, I needed somewhere they could move. With an infant who loves to sleep in the carrier, I needed somewhere we could walk. And with just two hours until their big brother got home from school, I needed somewhere that was close.
My solution? The mall. A classic place to get some exercise, Kenwood Towne Center was the perfect spot for a rainy day. My kids walked, my infant slept – and we were only 10 minutes from home. And the best part? We didn’t spend a dime! While wandering the mall, I realized there was a lot you could do — for free — to keep kids entertained for an afternoon. Don’t believe me? Here are 10 Free Things to do at the Kenwood Towne Center:
1. Sign up for a Lego Minibuild event!
How it works: sign up for the FREE Lego VIP club, and then you can sign up for free Monthly Build events at the Kenwood store! Registration for each event opens the 15th of the previous month, and event spaces are limited to 120 participants.
2. Or just play with Legos (or Duplos)
3. Go to Story Time
Hanna Andersson, Pottery Barn Kids and LL Bean (located at the Kenwood Collection) all offer story times from time to time. Follow their Facebook pages for updates and events!
4. Check out the latest technology at the Apple and Microsoft stores.
5. Geek out to Disney, Star Wars and Marvel at the Disney Store.
Have fun wandering around the Disney Store with your kids! There are plenty of toys to play with, an activity table in the back and even a princess castle to channel your inner royal.
Cincinnati Parent tip: Call before you go! The Disney Store hosts a variety of free activities, including story times and trivia days!
6. Watch a bear being made at Build a Bear.
7. Claim a birthday freebie at Starbucks, Cheesecake Factory or Sbarro.
8. Oogle big cars (and big mustaches).
9. Sample treats
Auntie Ann’s, Godiva, Blue Chip cookies… there are always sweet samples to be had at the mall! And nothing motivates kids to keep moving better than treats.