With summer just around the corner, it isn’t too soon to start making plans for how you will spend that time, especially if you have children. Here are some suggestions of things to do as a family or individually that won’t break the bank.
Summer camp – There are a variety of these types of camps available that serve different areas of interest. Some are offered weekly or even on a daily basis. It exposes children to many different things while enhancing their social skills.
Nature museums – Get into nature by taking a hike along a trail that is marked for visitors. Enjoy the beauty of various plants and animals up close and personal. Many park rangers are on the premises for tours or to answer questions you might have.
Summer reading program – Check out your local library to see if they have this program. It is an excellent way to keep a child’s reading skills polished during time away from school. The good thing about registering for this program is that you get to read for pleasure and not out of obligation. Many libraries offer great incentives which acts as another enticement to read. It is usually free to participants.
Summer enrichment program – In some geographical areas it is known as summer school. This program usually is about a month in duration. There is such a variety of different courses that students can sign up for. Additionally for upper grade students, some of these classes might be used as credits towards their future graduation.
Free attractions – You might be amazed at how many free attractions are in your locale. Take advantage of them. Simply Google for your particular area or visit your local travel and tourism center for some ideas.
Staycations/Daycations – A vacation doesn’t always have to be one that takes you far away from home. There are probably lots of things that are taking place within an hour or two from your home. Besides being more economical it allows you to enjoy things in your own “backyard” that you never knew was there.
Volunteer – Spend some working at a local charity such as your city mission or homeless shelter. The experience will serve as a reminder of how blessed you are.
Garage sale – Make some extra money by getting rid of things you no longer have use for. You might consider using the money you get toward school supplies for your children.
Hopefully these ideas will get you in gear for the summer months ahead. All too soon it will be over so enjoy it while you can.
Personal experience and suggestions