Keeping the kids busy during summer break can be tedious and expensive! However, there are plenty of free summer activities out there, if you know where to look and use your imagination. Here are 5 of the free summer activities that I have done with my own kids.
We love to pack a bag with snacks and water, get out in our community and test out the local parks! Depending on how big your city is, you may have as many as 3 or 4 different parks within walking distance! It is a great way to get your kids outside and engaging in a physical activity. Plus, hopping from park to park ensures that they don’t get too bored with the equipment available. Check out Maps of Play to find playgrounds near you!
Let your kids take charge and put together a picnic lunch for all of you! Picnic foods, like PB&J sandwiches, different fruits, snacks and beverages are easy for your kids to put together. Hand them a picnic basket and let them surprise you with what they made for the picnic! Enjoy some outdoor time with your kids while you lavish in their pride and enjoy what they made for lunch.
Geocaching and Pokemon-ing:
Take your kids on an epic adventure to find hidden treasures and catch new Pokemon while you are at it! There are a lot of free geocaching apps and you will be surprised at how many caches there will be near you! The kids will have a blast looking for them and it keeps you all active and moving.
Nature Centers and Reserves:
There are a lot of resources within your state and county parks. Many times, there will be a Nature Center or Reserve near you, that is filled with trails and has tons of fun, educational facts and activities that deals with your native flora and fauna. They often offer programs, led by volunteers or they have maps, that include list of animals and plants for you and your kids to find!
Set up a tent or build a fort, grab some pillows and blankets, build a fire or start one in your firepit, fill up a kiddie pool and start your adventure. Roast hot dogs and make smores, splash in the kiddie pool, read books in the tent and when night falls, check out the stars or have some fun with flashlights or glow-sticks!
If the weather isn’t being agreeable, take some of these summer activities inside. Make a fort in the livingroom, pop some popcorn and have a movie day. Head to the local library and check out some books. Just so you know, the local library often has free tickets for local attractions that you can check out or that they will give you!