Summer is here and the kids are out of school, now what? Trying to entertain them all summer long can be a daunting task and trying to do it without breaking the bank can pose a whole different challenge. It can be fun to splurge once in a while but finding frugal activities is possible. I am in the middle of making my kids summer calendar with fun ideas to keep them busy. I do not want to hear “I have nothing to do” this summer.
Here are some fun and frugal activities we are doing this summer that will hardly cost me anything.Use your local library to your advantage. Not only for the obvious reasons like free books and movies but free activities. Our local library offers different and fun events for kids. Depending on their ages they have craft hour, story time and fun reading challenges for the older ones.
Create your own water park, at home. This is one we do every summer a couple times a week. I already own slip and slides, sprinklers and water squirting objects. We set up “stations” or have obstacle courses. The kids have fun especially on those super hot days and you can change it up depending on what you already own. If I have a few bags of water balloons I fill them up and we play games with them too.
Free local event days. Depending on your area look into the zoo’s, children’s museums, movie theater, bowling alleys or skating rinks. They might offer free days for you to come and check out their business. If not free you can get highly discounted rates or student rates.
Create your own treasure hunts. This is at the request of my Jake and the Neverland Pirate fan. This summer he wants to draw up his own treasure maps and create scavenger hunts to find the buried treasure. I am getting in on this fun too. I am adding a scavenger hunt I create using nature things they have to collect then they can make a scrapbook of the things they found.
Camping day. The days were activities outside of the house are not possible we create a camp site inside the house. The kids make tents, get out the flashlights and throw on a movie. It’s a lounge and recharge day for everyone. I add special treats like S’Mores, popcorn or we bake something together.
The important part is to have fun and kids will not care how much money is spent as long as they remember how much fun it was.
What type of frugal activities do you do with your kids over the summer?