Summer officially started today, and if you’re already dealing with the “I’m bored” syndrome…take a look at these budget friendly summer fun ideas! 10 boredom busters that are sure to lead to a summer of fun!
Field Trips: Plan a field trip every week this summer! Here’s how…
- Start by taking your kids to the local library to find some books on your area.
- Do a simple search: Free Things to do in (my city). You’ll be amazed what comes up!
- Let each child make a list of what they would like to see & do! Set a budget limit!
- Think beyond museums and amusement parks…think budget friendly fun like: a visit to the farmer’s market, berry picking, check out different area playgrounds & rate them or take a tour of an area factory! Most factory tours are free, and FactoryToursUSA.com offers a state by state listing.
- Don’t blow your budget friendly outing by going out to eat…pack a picnic lunch instead!
Summer Book Swap: A fun way to kick-off a summer of reading! Here’s how…
- Invite friends (in the same grade) to bring 3 used paperback books at their current reading level.
- After the children arrive, display the books on a large table or two.
- Draw numbers for the order in which the children will choose a book. If there are 10 children at the party, put numbers 1 – 10 into the drawing.
- Round 1 begins! The child that drew #1 picks a book, then #2 takes a turn and so on.
- Before beginning Round 2, draw numbers again.
- After the final round, make bookmarks (using scrap paper, markers & assorted stickers) & let the children make their own ice cream sundaes.
- HAPPY SUMMER READING!
Fun at Home:
- Start a summer tradition of having sundaes on Saturday!
- Family Game Day
- Family Puzzle Day
- Taste Test…try different brands of frozen pizza & ice cream, eat & vote for the family favorite!
- Water Painting…it’s painting without the mess! You’ll need a bucket of water, a big fat paint brush & let your child have fun “painting” the driveway, the fence or the picnic table!
- Lemonade Stand!
- Teach your children to cook! Have “cooking school” one day each week, and let your children choose the recipes! If you don’t have a children’s cookbook, a trip to the library is in order!
- Plant a garden!
Let’s make this a summer your kids will remember…even if it’s on a budget!