FB Kids Backyard Camping PhotoSummer 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.

Cook together

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!


7 Outdoor Games You’ll Be Playing All Summer Long


29 Dollar Store Finds That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer


Enjoy!  Let the summer fun begin!

Stephanie Sakalian is an O.C. native who earned her BA in Social Psychology at Portland State University. She enjoys cooking Portuguese food, photography, and record collecting. In her spare time she is hiking in the desert or attending live music shows. Stephanie loves to travel to new places – “money fills your pockets but adventure fills your soul”. Favorite gummy vitamins: Slice of Life Energy B12!

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