A parent’s guide to frugal summer activities

This article, entitled A Parent’s Guide to Frugal Summer Activities comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.

Now that it’s officially summer, it’s a great time to find activities that you and your children can enjoy together that are either free or have a nominal cost:

  • Libraries – Most libraries have summer reading programs. Libraries are almost always air-conditioned too (for those of us that live in the very hot climates)! Many libraries also rent videos and DVDs either for free or for a few bucks.

  • Cards/Board Games/Dominoes – How about unplugging the electronics and bringing out a deck of cards, a board game or a set of dominoes?

  • Camping – Even if you don’t own a tent or even sleeping bags, gather the family together one night and have an overnight indoor camping “trip” right in the comfort of your own home – extra bonus – NO BUGS!

  • Be a “Tourist” in Your Own City or Town – Visit your city or town’s visitor’s bureau or chamber of commerce for great information about those hidden “gems” of places to visit and explore.

  • Concerts – Many cities and/or towns have free concerts in the park.

  • Bicycling – Get the family out on their bikes for a ride around the neighborhood.

  • Movie Night – Get a free (or almost free) movie from your local library, pop up some popcorn, put a couple blankets on the floor with a couple of pillows and watch your favorite movies.

  • Storytimes – Check out the free storytimes at your local library and/or bookstore.

  • Museums/Zoo/Nature Centers – Most towns or cities have a least one museum, zoo or nature center – many are free, ask for a small donation or have a nominal fee.

  • Skating – Ice skating isn’t just a winter sport, when it’s hot outside, head inside to your local skating rink where it’s always nice and cool and strap on some skates!

  • Movies – Most movie theaters have a reduced rate during the late morning or early afternoon or on certain days.

  • Summer Journals – Buy an inexpensive composition notebook and have your kids write daily in it about whatever they want – what they did in the day, what made them happy, etc. – it’s a good way for kids to practice creative writing and penmanship (for when they go back to school in the Fall) – homeschooling kids might already be doing this. If your child is really little, get a pack of crayons and have them color or draw pictures!

  • Workshops/Clinics – Home Depot has free workshops for kids, Lowe’s has free clinics.

  • Kids Club – Michaels Crafts has a 7-week summer program for kids that is only $2.00 a session.

To read more from Cathy, visit bountifulplate.blogspot.com

About the Author...
Cathy B
Cathy is a homemaker, wife and mother to a son with special needs, an adult daughter and stepmom to an adult son.
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