Summer is just around the corner, and once the kids are out of school, you’ll need to have some plans to keep them busy. However, summer family activities can get expensive fairly quickly, and for those of us on a budget, it can be difficult to find things to do that won’t cost too much. Here are a few ideas you can use this summer if you’re trying to stick to a tighter budget.
Arts And Crafts
Not all summer days are going to be perfectly sunny, as nice as it would be if the weather was always beautiful. On rainy days or days where going outside isn’t an option, set up the kids with some arts and crafts projects to keep them busy indoors without relying on screens or technology. You’ll be surprised just how much kids can do with some paint or some crayons.
Park Visits And Sports
Taking a walk to your local park can be great for both you and your kids. Get up and moving by getting the kids involved in some new sports; you’ll be able to fit in some exercise yourself as well. Bringing activity into your child’s routine is important for their health. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests kids between 2 and 5 years old practice motor skills such as tumbling, running, throwing, and catching. Getting active isn’t just for the kids either. In fact, just playing tennis for fun can burn around 169 calories in 30 minutes for a woman, and 208 calories in 30 minutes for an average man.
If you’re itching for a bit of travel but don’t want to bring kids on a flight, plan a short day trip to a local destination or, if you’re feeling ambitious, schedule a road trip with the family. Just make sure you get your car tuned up before you hit the road, including repairing any dents your car might have. Experts say that 80% to 90% of dents can be repaired using paintless dent repair techniques.
Discount Travel Options
Not all air travel has to be incredibly expensive. National airports are currently located within 31 states, and many of them have more affordable airlines you can take advantage off. Don’t forget about discounts and offers that some may have during vacation season.
Have you got a young aspiring artist or scientist in your house? Visit your local museum or art gallery for the day to let their imaginations run wild. Many museums big and small will offer discounted or free admission days to encourage people to visit, so keep an eye on the calendar for those opportunities.
One of the best affordable activities you can do for both your family and others is getting the family involved in volunteering. Look for local organizations near you that could use a bit of support, whether that’s your local food bank, animal shelter, or clothing drive. Getting your family involved in volunteering encourages your kids to continue volunteering and doing good for others as they get older.
Summer can be a great opportunity for families to spend time together, and there are plenty of options for activities that won’t break the bank. Use these ideas as a starting point for planning your summer activities.