With summer just around the corner, it’s easy to wonder what to do to keep the kids entertained while they are out of school. For many, lavish vacations and trips to exciting places just aren’t options these days. Instead, many are trying to come up with summer activities for kids that are free, or at least don’t cost a lot of money. If you’re looking for some things to do this summer, here are some great ideas that won’t cost you hardly anything.
1. Visit Your Local Library
If you haven’t stopped by your local library in a while, summer is the perfect time to do so. You may be quite surprised at what the library has to offer children of all ages throughout the summer. Not only do many libraries offer summer reading programs, many which involve prizes and parties, but many libraries also have other special events planned throughout the summer. Extremely hot days or rainy days can be well spent at the library, whether it’s just looking at books, or attending a scheduled event.
2. Check Out Your Local Movie Theater
Many movie theaters offer summer movie programs that are free (or maybe cost $1.00). The movies are often on weekday mornings, and typically are movies that are a bit older, perhaps last year’s hits. However, there are usually movies offered some days for small children, and other days for older children. Popcorn and soda may even be discounted during these special showings (our local theater offers popcorn for a dollar and drinks for a dollar). You won’t even have to resort to sneaking in candy at the movies! Not all theaters participate, but it’s definitely worth looking into in your area!
3. Camp Out In Your Backyard
Do you have a tent? Why not put it up in your backyard and go backyard camping one evening? Try building a fire in a fire pit and roasting marshmallows or making s’mores. Catch fireflies at dusk and grill hotdogs. You don’t have to drive far to have a rustic experience. If you feel like you don’t have the place in your own yard to do these things, consider asking a friend who may have a better area if you can use their yard to camp out. They may even want to join you, making the experience all the more fun.
4. Create Crafts
Maybe your children enjoy art projects. There are countless ideas on the Internet that can be found for neat craft projects that are easy to do with your children. Many ideas use items that you would already have around the home to create fun, beautiful projects. Make a game out of cleaning up the mess too, so that you don’t get stuck doing all the messy work.
5. Enjoy The Outdoors
Go for a bike ride together, draw with sidewalk chalk, play in the garden hose, plant flowers, go fishing and take advantage of the beautiful weather. Kids love playing outside, and it can be fun for the whole family. Just make sure to use sunscreen, and take along some bug spray.
There are so many summer fun ideas available that don’t cost a thing. Check with your local museums and zoos for summer specials as well. They may offer discounts on certain days or weeks of the summer. Keep your kids busy with things to do this summer so they stay active and enjoy their time away from school. It is possible to plan summer activities for kids that cost very little, yet will still make it a summer they will never forget!