With school almost out for the summer, every parent encounters that one major question, “What will my kids do all summer?” Whether you work full-time or stay at home, this question still crosses your mind. Many parents opt to send their kids to daycare or a summer camp program, which is great but not very budget-friendly. To help ease the tension on your wallet, we’ve compiled a list of low-cost summer activities that you’re kids are sure to love!
1.) Visit the public library. The library is a terrific and an often over-looked place to take kids during the summer. A trip to the library can provide kids with a fun, educational and not to mention cost-efficient mini field trip. During the summer many libraries host free summer programs for kids such as story time, craft hours, author readings and contests. This is a great way to promote learning in a fun environment.
2.) Take a trip to the movies. Regal Entertainment Group has just announced their 2013 Regal Summer Movie Express, where anyone can enjoy movies for only $1.00 on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s at 10:00 am. This is a great way to treat kids to the new movie they’ve been wanting to see without paying those over-priced ticket costs. For more information and to find a participating location near you, click here.
.3.) Explore nature and it’s wildlife. Visiting a national park or wildlife refugee is a great way to show kids about the importance of caring for the environment. Best part is, many of these centers offer “free admission days” in the summer months. Contact the park before you go for more information on free admission days, what to bring when you visit and special events going on. Make sure you pack a light lunch because chances are, the food offerings are slim and over-priced.
4.) Volunteer in the local community. Teaching kids about the benefits of volunteering and getting involved in the local community is invaluable. Contact local organizations such as animal shelters for more information on volunteer opportunities. Chances are they’re more than willing to accept volunteers and I’m sure your kids would be more than happy to play with dogs and cats for the afternoon.
5.) Get involved with local Parks and Recreation programs. Most areas have at least some forms of a Parks and Recreations Department. These organizations are funded by your tax dollars, so most of their basic features are offered for free. For example, pack a lunch and take a trip to different parks with playgrounds and jungle gyms. Some parks even have lakes where you can take out paddle boats and canoes for free. Contact your local department for more information on free activities.
6.) Turn your backyard into a campsite. The cost of taking a camping trip can add up quickly, avoid this by taking a camping trip in your backyard. Set up a tent, bring snacks, sing campfire songs, tell stories and make smore’s for the full camping experience. This is a great opportunity to bond with your kids without the distractions of television, video games and the internet.
These are just few ways you can save money this summer and have fun with your kids. Summer is a great time to plan fun activities with your family, so take advantage of the warm weather, get outside, and enjoy the time with your family. The best part is, it’s free!
Happy Savings! :)