Keeping Summer Fun Without Breaking The Bank

Posted on: 15 June 2015

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Some parents dread when school is out for the summer because children are home all day. Getting bored quickly or spending all day on electronics can easily happen. However, with a little pre-planning, you can kick the summer scare with some inexpensive activities for your kids.

Pool Party

Whether you have a pool in ground, above ground, or just an inflatable wading pool, you can create a pool party with some snacks, games, and friends. If your pool is large enough, consider any number of water games, such as water basketball or relay races. In-ground pools give you a lot more freedom during the summer, but ensure there are rules posted for their safety. To have an in-ground pool installed, contact a professional contractor, like Easton Pool & Spa. In addition, make sure you keep the picnic table stocked with sunscreen, cold drinks, and finger foods to snack on. Your children are sure to have fun for hours.

Scavenger Hunt

If you live in a neighborhood where your children have the ability to roam in packs, then a scavenger hunt is a possibility. One of the easiest ways to do a scavenger hunt without worrying about unwanted items coming home is with a photo hunt. Allow children to use a cell phone or a digital camera. The difficulty of the hunt will be based on the children's age, but you can have them find items you have hidden or natural events like a sunset or people talking on the sidewalk.

Picnic in the Park

Parks are a great place to have some family time and they are usually free. While you are loading up to let the kids play on the playground, grab an large blanket and a cooler full of food and drinks. When you get to the park, find a nice shaded area and spread out. You can let your children play while you set up the picnic, and then spend the meal time making jokes and creating memories.

Summer Reading Program

Most libraries will offer a summer reading program for youth. These programs challenge children to read throughout the summer, with the promise of a reward when they meet a set goal; but they will occasionally will offer classes and activities that surround a theme. Visit with your local library to find out if they are holding a summer reading program. If not, consider creating your own with milestones and charts that can be filled out.

These are just a few of the different activities you can offer your children that will fill their summer break without breaking the bank. Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a list of local events that are held, such as free movies during the day.