Keeping kids busy in the summer can get expensive. But with a little research and creativity; there are many activities that you can do with your children for no cost which always helps the budget.
Visit your local library. Many libraries have summer reading programs designed just for kids. The programs usually have activities for children of all ages including teen programs. Many have summer reading groups and prizes. If not, just make a practice of going to the library once a week or every two weeks; reading is a great practice to introduce to your children at a young age.
Getting outside is a must. Go to a local park and just walk around. Try to figure out what types of birds are in the area. Or look for frogs jumping near a pond or small stream, just explore. Walking around a park even at slow pace can be great exercise.
Camping is another way to get outside and explore nature. You can set up a tent in the back yard or if you don’t have a tent make one out of old blankets. Allow kids to play outside will help expand their imagination. Or if you have the time, go to a nearby park and set up camp. even if you can only go for one night, the experience will be a lasting memory.
Many towns have outdoor summer concerts which feature local artists. The admission is usually free. Go and listen to different types of music each week. Take a blanket to spread out on. Many times we have taken popcorn to snack on while listening to the concert. Experiencing new types of music can be a great learning tool.
Going on a picnic is a great way to break up the daily routine. You can go to a local park or just have one right in your back yard. If the day is rainy, have a picnic in the middle of the living room.
Finding a pen pal can be a great activity for older children. This activity is not exactly free because you will have to buy stamps and writing materials. But finding a pen pal can be a wonderful learning experience. Some monitoring will have to be done in the beginning especially when finding the right pen pal. The site Pen Pal World offers many great control features; you can find out more on their website at www.penpalworld.com.