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    I was inspired by one of my favorite Youtubers/ bloggers, Jordan Page, of Fun Cheap or Free, to get a little more creative (and most of all frugal) with our nice weather outings. Jordan is a mom of 5 (almost 6) and lives her life to it's frugalist. She finds all the cheapest, freest places in town, hauls the kids around, and looks like a boss doing it. Her story was very inspiring, which led me on my own search of all the fun, cheap, or free things in my own neck of the woods.

    This led me to the Beech Botanical Garden and butterfly house. For just $6 a person (Harry is a freebie, obvs) we had one heck of a time, learning about plants, ecosystems, turtles, and of course, BUTTERFLIES!

    The facility is located just outside Alliance, Ohio, on a small, back country road which only enhances all the coziness. My first thought when we arrived, this would be an amazing place to get married! All the flowers (which of course, I didn't take photos of) were breathtaking. Josh was pointing at each and every thing saying "we should do this next summer," or "let's get one of these." He's the green thumb of the family, if I'm being totally honest.

    Penny certainly enjoyed herself and after several failed attempts at getting a butterfly to land on her, she succeeded! She was so proud!

    In addition to the butterfly house, like I mentioned above, there were separate buildings strictly dedicated to learning. Ecosystems, plants, farming, you name it, there were beautifully laid out displays and a friendly face to talk to you about the center. I was extremely impressed with every square inch of the facility and even more so that the  "play" area was after the education stuff. Mamas, have you ever tried to get your kids away from the fun stuff to get to the learning? Eh, aint gonna happen. 

    We couldn't have asked for a better day to visit the Beech Botanical Garden and Butterfly house and it certainly will become a forever part of our summers to come. If you're ever in the Ohio area and looking for cheap, family fun, this is a must!

What are some cheap family fun things you and your family love to do? 

Be sure to check out Jordan's blog and YouTube channel for more inspiration! 

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