Thanks moms for your input. What activities are your kids in and how much do you spend on them? Edit..
Technically, I know I have got it easy. My mom paid for me to register the kids for 8 weeks of basketball lessons at the YMCA. All I have to do is spend between $4 - $8 roundtrip per week on them for bus fare to get them there.
I think at tax time, I want to place ds in voice lessons and dd in violin lessons. I also want to place them in tap and hip-hop dance lessons.
I will also be placing them in free swim lessons the next time the city school district offers it free as well as using my employee discount to pay $21 per month for a family membership at the YMCA.
So I've taken out my calculator and that's $252 for the annual membership at the YMCA for my family of 4. Then it seems I should budget at least $500 per child so they can at least get three months of lessons. Maybe six months if I choose one over the other. Perhaps just tap this year and their music lessons. S/o and I both work, but are looking into buying our first house.
This totally helps me budget that at the very least I will need to save a total of $1,500 for their activities. I will likely save it onto a pre-paid credit card so that it isn't accessible.