School’s out for summer! How long until you hear the dreaded “I’m bored”. Planning ahead can help keep the days running smoothly. Here are some activities you can do with your family this summer that wont break the bank.
- Library – many libraries have summer reading programs or story times. You can also just visit the library to check out books. Check out local bookstores for summer programs as well.
- Zoo – Avoid the heat of the day and go in the early morning to get the most out of the zoo. Look into memberships or discount days.
- Children’s Museum – These can be less crowded during the summer months since there are fewer school field trips. Call ahead to find a day where there are no camp or school visits.
- Outdoor Fun – Make time to play in the front or back yard. Bubbles, sidewalk chalk, scavenger hunt, kites, frisbee, and scooters all make for great outdoor fun. If you have an area with dirt invest in a small shovel and pail.
- Garden – Plant a garden in your back yard or find a community garden.
- Painting – Invest in a set of paints and a roll of butcher paper. Find an area where you can tape of the pieces of butcher paper to be painted on. I prefer to do this outside of the house!
- Park – Explore your local parks. Pick a new park every week, even drive one town over. Bring balls and sand toys or even scooters or trikes if there is a cement area.
- Bowling – Check out the Kids Bowl Free program to see if there is a participating bowling center near you.
- Play Dates – Reach out to your friends or your kids friend’s parents to arrange play dates.
- Camp Out – In your own backyard!
- Indoor Playtime – Make a fort, play a board game, do a puzzle, play with those toys in the back of the cupboard you haven’t seen in months.
- Craft Projects – There are free printables and craft ideas all over the internet! You don’t have to be a crafty person to help your kids through a project.
- Cook – Start teaching the kids how to help you cook. There are lots of cooking project specifically designed for kids if you don’t want to start out with the family meals.
- Volunteer – Check out Waystohelp.org to find volunteer opportunities for your children.
Make sure you have something planned every day. You don’t want to every minute of the summer scheduled out, but having something ready for the kids really helps avoid summer boredom.