Summer vacation for the kids is almost half over. If your child was enrolled in summer school, first session is over approximately this week so get ready to be bombarded with questions about how they’ll stay entertained and “not bored.” Video games and TV only hold their attention for so long and it’s not productive to allow them to waste the entire day doing inactive things.
I understand that big outings every day get expensive, but there are so many other activities we can plan with our little ones that won’t put a huge dent in the wallet. Besides, a lot of the times, the simpler things turn out to be more fun than anything so elaborate. Here are some ideas for fun activities, please feel free to comment with your own or post them on our Facebook page!:
- Day at the Park: This one may seem obvious, but we planned a day like this, this past Sunday and the kids had a blast. We planned a 3-legged race, a water balloon fight, a donut game where you have to eat a dangling donut with no hands…while it spins, bobbing for apples, etc. You get the idea. Prizes were candy and popcorn. If you invite more family and make it a potluck, things are so much easier!
- Community Pool: If you don’t own a swimming pool, the community pool is always a great alternative. I have such fun memories from day trips like these. The fee is generally between $1-$2 for a couple hours and the kids have such a great time cooling off. You can pack a lunch so you can all picnic afterwards. A good swim guarantees hungry children! (Quick Tip: These Sturdy Packs include Napkins and Plates – they’re perfect for picnics. You’re welcome.)
- Lemonade Stand: My neighbor’s 5 year-old daughter is so adorable and she has decided to set-up a lemonade stand this week (this is seriously the hottest week here) in order to raise money for a doll. Her parents offered to buy it, but she wants to buy it herself. I love that passion. Any small business idea like this will help them appreciate their purchase or fundraising goal so much more. Make sure and help them as much as you can. (Quick Tip: Spruce up your guest’ cups with these cool Etch-It Cups)
- Dollar Movie Theater: I’m not sure if these are everywhere so I apologize if they’re not in your area. In the last couple years, two dollar movie theaters have opened in my area. Movies that are in between the box office and rental stores are screened here for $1! The kids love going here and it’s not $10-12/ticket. If these aren’t in your area, there’s always the matinee savings if you go catch a movie in the early afternoon.