4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun (Day 2)

I’m a day late starting the 4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun challenge, but you know what they say….better late than never, right?

This past weekend, all 4 of us piled into the car and drove down to Washington D.C. for their 5th Annual Truck Touch event.  It was such a fabulous idea…our boy absolutely adores trucks of all kinds, and this free event would allow him to touch, ride on, and experience all of his very favorite things.


Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, things didn’t go so well.  We didn’t anticipate that the kids would be able to use the horns on each of these trucks, so each time we happened to step in front of one of those gigantic trucks, we got blasted with a very loud horn by some very eager little ones (who often didn’t hit the horn just once).



After a few of these surprises, my daughter became scared and started crying, saying she wanted to leave.  The horns were bothering me too, but our son was completely oblivious to them…he just wanted to climb into each and every truck he saw.


We eventually decided to leave after about only 20 minutes at the event.  Our daughter was just so scared that we couldn’t continue to leave her walking around.  When we told Tommy that we had to leave, he started crying because he wanted to stay.  So both kids left crying….one because they wanted to leave, one because they wanted to stay!


Since we were already in the city, we decided to take a chance that we could find a parking spot at the National Zoo, which is also free.  After driving 40 minutes to the zoo, we discovered that all the parking lots were full, and there was no street parking to be found either.  All four of us left D.C. disappointed!

One bright spot was that we were able to stop at our favorite restaurant for lunch on the way home…Cracker Barrel!


Here’s hoping that the rest of our frugal family fun doesn’t turn out this bad! 😉


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6 thoughts on “4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun (Day 2)”

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    I know neither of my kids would have liked to have the horns blowing so loudly they are both sensitive to loud noises. I am sorry you had two crying children when you left. At least you all had a good time out to eat. We don’t have Cracker Barrel here so I have never been to one.

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      I grew up on the West coast (central CA), so I had never been to Cracker Barrel until I moved East. It’s now one of my favorite places to eat (and shop!) Hopefully they will build one near you one day so you can check them out 🙂

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    I’ve always wanted to try Cracker Barrel, but none here in CA. 🙁 I’ll have to check it out on a roadtrip/vacation one day. And I’m so sad that the horns wouldn’t stop for your little girl. But at least your little boy was able to enjoy his time there!

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        How funny (just saw your other west coast comment)! Yes, I’m from the Sacramento area, but now live in Southern Ca. Although I’d love a change of scenery…(I’m the only one down here who’d prefer a diff climate!) 🙂

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