Summer is something the kids look forward all year long. They think of sleeping in, staying up late and playing with friends. But for the parents it can be a tough adjustment and if you have nothing constructive for the kids to do then you might as well join the circus because it can feel much the same. Here are some affordable ideas to keep the kids busy and happy.
1. Check out your local Public Library for some great ideas. Most libraries are having special summer reading programs for kid’s age newborn to 18 years old. Throughout the summer, participants earn Book Bucks and drawing tickets to buy or try to win prizes. They also have great free summer performances, movies and crafts depending on the day of the week. And yes they even have a special day dedicated to the teens in the family.
2. Packing a picnic and making your way to a nearby park can be a great way to get the kids out of the house and into a new environment. Most parks have paved paths for riding bikes or taking a walk. There are so many possibilities when going to the park. Tennis, baseball, basketball, croquet, badminton, bocce ball are just a few games you can play while at the park. Some parks even have wading pools.
3. It’s a great time of year to have them enrolled in swim lessons or their favorite sport. Check your local YMCA or Boys and Girls Club for their programs.
4. A great family outing is to take them to the nearest Berry farm and pick berries. The next day you can have them help you make Jam or freeze the berries for yummy desserts later in the year.
5. Have the kids go through all their stuff and pull out clothes that don’t fit them, toys they don’t play with or things they don’t use and have a garage sale. This is a great way for them to make some money. At the end of the garage sale, don’t pack that stuff away and clutter up the garage, recycle those used goods and take them to the nearest goodwill or salvation army.
6. Take the kids to the County or State Fair. Most fairs run specials daily, sometimes you can get in free with a can of food.
7. Take the kids to the movies. Regal theaters has a Free Family Film Festival at 10am each Tuesday and Wednesday.
8. Check out the local Museums. Most cities have museums that are free of charge and if not you can check with your local visitors center for discounts.
Get those kids out and about. Take advantage of summer vacation and enjoy being with your kids!