I’m having to get a little creative with the kids now that we aren’t allowed to spend anything on activities and excursions this month. So here are ten ideas I came up with for fun things we can do without spending any money (except of course what we spend on gas to get there!).
1. Go to Toys R’ Us or a book store like Barnes & Noble that has a train table and let the kids have fun playing with the trains. This is a nice time for Mom or Dad to get in some reading time, too!
2. Visit a free local beach. Even if you don’t want to go swimming, the kids will have fun playing in the sand. If you are having trouble finding something locally, ask your friends on Facebook to help you. Chances are someone knows where the beaches are in your area. And you can always do a Swagbucks search for local beaches.
3. Visit a local farm that has animals. Use this as an opportunity to get to know your local farmer while teaching the kids about real food, and animals.
4. Go to a free Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic. They have a new one every week to two weeks, and the kids get a free project, apron and goggles. And if their schedule doesn’t work for you, you can do a workshop at Home Depot. On June 18, there is a special Father’s Day Workshop where kids get to make a nice toolbox for Dad. Each kid gets a free kit, and a kid-sized Home Depot apron.
5. If you have younger children, stop by a Brewsters and get them free baby cones of ice cream. These always come with enough ice cream for my little ones.
6. Take the kids out to a nice park and have a picnic. Or if you want to, go fly a kite or play on the playground. It doesn’t get much better than this from a kid’s point of view!
7. Visit your local library for story telling time. And if you live in Atlanta, you can take advantage of free tickets to Zoo Atlanta.
8. Visit Michaels Craft Store every weekend for a new free craft. Some crafts are for kids while others are for adults only. So be sure to watch the schedule on their site.
9. Take a walk on a trail, or even get the kids’ bikes and helmets out if you have a straight flat trail to ride on. This is a great way to be an example of fitness to your children, and to spend time with them. Kids learn by example, so stay fit with the children and they will grow up with good habits!
10. Some movie theaters offer free showing of movies during the summer. Unfortunately some have raised this price to a dollar for the Summer of 2011. Call your local theater, because many smaller branches are still offering free summer movie showings.
Whatever kind of outdoor activities you do this Summer, make sure you’ve got plenty of water in your resuable water bottles so that the family stays hydrated. Do you have any other ideas for free fun to do with kids this summer? You can leave a comment by clicking here.