*******FREE STORE EVENT*******
Saturday, the local grocery store had a big truckload sale event. They had face painting, a bounce house, snow cones, glitter tattoos, balloon animals, and cotton candy. ALL FREE!!!!! They also had a decorate-your-own-cookie table by the bakery, hot dogs, chip & sodas for a small fee (we’re talking 1$).
They repeated this event at a different location on Sunday and held one the day prior at another location. So make sure you not only check your local paper, but also your local grocery store ads and inserts that come to your mailbox every week for fun cheap (if not free) ideas. We even got 12 ears of corn for $3!
But most importantly Shyla, my 4 yr old, had a blast. There was this person in a penguin suit for the free snow cones. Shyla was of course afraid of him at first, but once she realized he was nice and fun she LOVED him. Kept going back with smiles and giggles.
She got the “Music Lady” face painting with the color pink for the background color to match her little pink dress.. She looked adorable. Definitely a good day for mama and kiddo. 🙂
The only complaint I had was when we were in line for the face painting. My recommendation is DEFINITELY go early to avoid long lines and bratty kids. There was a little girl who kept pushing shyla and trying to cut in front of her. Then there was a family in front of us that when we got in line only had 3 adults and 3 kids. However, somehow those 3 kids turned into 10 kids with their same 3 adults. added and extra hour to our wait. I mean seriously people…it’s face painting…not free scholarship handouts.
There was also this family behind us with 5 kids that ranged from 2-9. There were two moms standing behind their carts who had, like most of us, let their kids get there balloon animals first while we waiting in the face painting line (it went faster). They were just chit chatting away not paying any attention to their kids at all, especially while their kids were hitting my kid in the head with their balloon swords and animals. Finally, I got onto them, of course leaving the moms looking at me like they couldn’t believe I had the nerve to ask their kids to stop hitting my kid.
Other kids were getting restless for having to stand in line or wait in their strollers in that long line for so long, Of which, for those moms, I totally understood and sympathized because it wasn’t that long ago that Shyla couldn’t wait in line for longer than 10 minutes.
Overall, this experience was fun and cheap, I really think I spent 5$ total because of the corn and I bought a soda and a hot dog. My only advice…go early.