With summer in full swing, a lot of parents and caregivers are looking for alternative ways to entertain their kids and add a bit of adventure into their routines. Whether your home with the kids each day, planning vacation days, looking to fill your weekends or just trying to add a little something to your weeknights, a bit of planning can pave the way to making lasting memories. Here we look at fun and exciting ways to do this while staying close to home and watching your budget.
Keeping it simple, but exciting, at home:
Set up a lemonade or cookie stand - Let the kids have some fun and learn a bit about handling money by setting up a stand for friends and neighbors.
Camp fires – Plan a fun night around a fire pit, where friends and family come together to toast marshmallows, make s'mores and tell scary stories.
Set up an ice cream bar – Set up your favorite ice cream flavors, toppings and waffle cones and bowls for a special “trip” to the ice cream parlor.
Cookout – Forget the stove top and oven and head outside for some fresh air and grilling. Whether it’s just the family or you invite friends over, you can keep it simple but exciting. Get creative some salads and special marinades for your favorite dishes. Set a theme to follow, such as casual BBQ or Hawaiian night!
Camp outdoors – This might make the perfect ending to a cookout or campfire. Set up a tent and grab your flashlights, bug spray and sleeping bags!
Backyard movie night – You can invest in a portable projector, use the side of your house or hang up a white sheet, get the popcorn and drinks ready and spread out the blankets!
Fun outdoor activities to get them moving – Grab the kids and have some fun! Fly a kite, have a water balloon fight, start a Nerf war, get the sprinkler going or build a fort!
Plan simple adventures away from the home:
Plan a treasure hunt – Make a list of items to find on “adventures” and check them off as you go.
Drive-In movies – Pack the car with snacks and treats, pack your chairs and blankets and enjoy a night out (literally!) at the movies.
Go for a hike – Find a state park or hiking trails online to enjoy. You will often find trail maps online or on your smart phone to follow so you can plan your route ahead of time.
Bike ride – Find a bike trail and take off for the day.
Enjoy the beach – pack your beach toys, towels, blankets and sunscreen and enjoy the ocean air and sunshine.
Outdoor movie nights – Check local community pages or your library for free outdoor movie nights.
Enjoy a baseball game – What’s summer without a local baseball game? Check out your local farm team website for schedules! The teams always love the support, and you get to enjoy an inexpensive night out!
Day trips – With a little planning ahead (you often get deals and discounts when ordering tickets ahead of time) you can spend the day at the zoo, go to an amusement park, enjoy zip-lining, or cool off at a splash park.
Make Treats for the family to enjoy – What better way to cool off on a hot day than to surprise the family with summertime treats? Plan days to make ice cream floats, shakes and root beer floats! Let your imagination and inner child take over.
Don’t let the dog days of summer get you down… Work your way down the list and keep your family and friends busy and impressed with all the activities your planning!