Summer Fun Activities You Can Do WIth Your Kids
It’s officially Summer and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite summer fun activities you can do or even do with your kids. I’ve included some great activities from some of my favorite bloggers.
This is the first summer where I am home with my kids for the entire summer. I am so excited and have some pretty amazing things planned that we can do in our local area. I’ve listed them below if you are in Central Florida.
I am also willing to bet that even if you aren’t in Florida that it is very likely that you have a similar place or location in your state or location, and that the activity would be just the same.
I want my kids to have a great summer, and I want them to have memories that will last them their life without breaking the bank. Since I no longer work full time, I’ve been on the search for some activities that we can do to break up the day to day without being home all day every day.
My kids have been out of school for about 3 weeks already, and so far I think we have some pretty amazing things and I have come up with a few more that are very cheap or even free.
So I’m sharing my list with you, and linking to some other bloggers who gave me these great ideas! I find it is best to keep your planner or calendar handy so that as some things come up – you will be able to plan and schedule around them.
This is helpful because I also get all of my kids’ appointments done in the summertime, like the dentist, regular pediatrician check-ups, and specialty appointments etc. So if something pops up I can almost piggyback the fun on something not quite so fun to make up for it.
So here is my list…
Summer Fun Activities You Can Do with Your Kids
1). Pool Days – this is given being summer. We have our own pool, but if you don’t check in to your local community pool or even with your friends or neighbors Chances are you know someone with one, who would love the company of another mom on a few pool playdates over the summer.
2). Beach – I love this one especially if you are within 1 hour of a beach. Being a Florida girl we are lucky to have a beach within an hour and can make a day trip to any coast and spend at least lunch and a few hours in the sun before packing up and heading home all before rush hour.
3) Library Play – Your local library is more than likely to have Summer Kids activities. Just this past week my kiddos attended a session where they built volcanos from paper and water bottles. They decorated their own and learned all about the chemical reactions creating an eruption in their mini volcanos.
4) Library Reading – If your kids are in elementary school they probably have a summer reading list, and the local library can help with them achieving have read all or some of the books on the list. Most libraries are in tune with your school county reading requirements and will have books and even computers set up for comprehension testing.
Tip: Sarah form iheartfrugal provides some great info on library fun and other summer fun activities.
5). Movies – Check you local theatres for kids Free movies or even $1 movies. Many theatres offer a summer program showing previously screened movies for kids for free. Our program shows them from 10 am – 2 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Catching a movie in a theatre is fun, and it lets you kids try something new.
6). Local Parks & Gardens – We love going to our local parks. Our area has a reciprocal garden where we purchased a heavily discounted annual family pass via a Groupon deal that allows entry into several gardens in our state. The best part is that most of the gardens have a children’s area that has exhibits that have physical, musical and coordination types of play areas. My kids love going to play. We pack lunch, have a picnic and play for a few hours.
7). Bike Rides – For our kids last birthday, we gifted them age appropriate bikes that they can ride. I dusted off my old beach bike and I take the kids for either an early morning bike ride, or late afternoon bike ride. Whenever the sun is not so hot in the day. Its great to get outside and exert a little physical activity before or after the day.
8). Home Depot Craft – Every first Saturday of the month Home Depot offers a kids craft free. Kids are able to build birdhouses, fishing games, etc. Visit Home Depot to locate the events in your area.
9). Playful Notes – Raluca of Playful Notes offers activities of play and connection that moms can enjoy with their kids without wasting any time preparing complicated activities. I love this because if you have a busy day going on, you can still get some fun and cool play time in with your kids. She also offers one for traveling and vacation.
10). Ice Cream Treat! – Okay, I had to throw this one cool treat in there. ANd it is super cheap. McDonald’s has one of the cheapest sundaes around. It is $1.29 for a hot fudge, hot caramel, or strawberry sundae! You can share or you can also get the junior frosty from Wendy’s. These make for the perfect summer afternoon treat and great to end a day on, or to just get out of the house.
Bonus: You can also do make at home kids crafts and I have shared some of my favorite kids craft supplies that you can get spending less than $5 per week.
Mess Free Finger Paints: These mats are perfect fun with less or half the mess.
I hope you enjoy the summer fun activities I have posted above with you kids and get out and enjoy the sunshine.
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