Summer brings cook-outs, camping, beaches, and…boredom. If you’re looking for activities to keep your children physically and mentally busy, without breaking your budget, here are a few suggestions:
- Check your public library’s calendar for activities.
- Talk to parents in your neighborhood about organizing outdoor games, like kickball or outdoors Twister. That way everyone can share toys and games.
- Check local museums, zoos, and parks for free days and special activities for children.
- Check local movie theaters to find $1 movies.
- Register with Junior Rangers, Kids Bowl Free or Kids Skate Free.
- Find free educational material online.
- Help the kids make something. Forts, pizzas, kites, costumes, treasure maps, popsicles, board games, comic books, family trees, puppets, movies, and otherprojects can all be big hits.
- Tour a local fire station, art studio, TV station, planetarium, or farm.
- Some retail stores have free workshops for kids to learn about computing, building, crafting, or outdoor skills.
- Go to your city’s free concerts, festivals, and parades.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Look for local cooking classes, historical tours, and recreational activities. You don’t have to spend a lot to keep your kids safe and entertained this summer.