Summer is here – which for many busy parents can mean scrambling to find fun, engaging activities to keep the kids entertained while school’s out . Luckily, fighting seasonal boredom doesn’t have to break the bank! Here are several low-cost ways to have fun, while making sure your kid’s brains stay active this summer.
Check out your local library
In an era of electronic accessibility, it’s easy to overlook the library as just a dwelling for books. The library can be an activity center and learning hub – often times hosting free events ranging from story time to puppet shows and family movie nights. Check your city’s website for a schedule of upcoming library events.
Visit a farmers market
Farmer’s markets are not only a great way to try a variety of unique goods while supporting local vendors; they can also be a colorful and vibrant experience. It’s easy to spend hours walking through the farmer’s market, getting lost in all of the exciting sights to see. You can also teach your kids about the different types of fruits and vegetables, or pack a picnic and find a shady spot to do some people watching.
Create a campsite in your backyard
This is a great way to get the family involved without ever leaving the comfort of your own home! Nothing screams “summer” like singing camp fire songs and firing up the grill. Here are some tips on how to set up the perfect backyard family campout. **Note: If sleeping outside is not practical , setting up camp indoors can bring just as much delight. Build a fort in the living room and have a family movie night – you can even “roast” the s’mores in the microwave.
The kitchen is a fantastic place to bond with your kids, stimulate creativity and promote learning! You can spark discussions about the benefits of eating healthy by getting the kids involved in pouring and measuring healthy ingredients or being the “official taste-tester”; You can also use summer time to expose them to foods from different cultures around the world. Here is a great list of kid-friendly international dishes that are both delicious and fun to make.
Here are some other helpful resources to inspire cost-efficient entertainment for your kids this summer!
Enjoy! Let the summer fun begin!