By Guest Blogger, Desiree Fawn – So Fawned
The school year is coming to an end and while the kids (and parents!) are looking forward to less-rushed mornings, not-so-hectic Sunday nights preparing for the week ahead, and more free time to enjoy the outdoors, the inevitable “I’m bored” phase will creep into play sooner than we’d like! Since we only get two months to create amazing summertime memories with our little ones, we’ve got to make the most of it and boredom just won’t do.
There are a LOT of things to do in the summertime, and a lot of ways to spend your hard earned dollars, so how do you decide? To start, I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to go broke to keep the kids happy, entertained, engaged, and excited about summertime. My strategy for a stress-free and budget-friendly summer is to enjoy as many of the free activities close to home as possible!
There are no rules that say your summer has to be filled with extravagance at every turn. There are family-friendly and money-wise ways to create experiences your children will always cherish! Looking back at my own childhood, the memories that stick out the most were the most basic and simple activities possible — hello mud puddles, beaches, picnics, fishing, and visiting flea markets with my mother. Those are the things I will always remember… and they’re dirt cheap!
Here are a few ideas for enjoying summer with the kids right around your own home!
Lemonade Stand: Let the kiddos gain a little bit of small business prowess this summer as they create their very own lemonade, or iced tea, or (with adult supervision) coffee stand! These are especially popular during yard sale season and helps younger children with their money-counting skills and it’s so much fun! Add in a lesson about charity and talk to your kids about donating their funds to a local animal shelter!
Slumber Party: Invite a few of your child’s BFFs over for a movie night complete with popcorn, a favorite flick, and sleeping bags in the living room! They won’t sleep as much as they ought to, of course, but summertime fun is all about doing things a little differently than they would during the school year!
DIY Popsicles: Set up a “popsicle bar” in your kitchen and let the kids create their own flavors in homemade popsicle moulds! Set out different juices and cut up fruit to add into their creations, let them freeze, and enjoy!
Bubbles: NO kids will say no to an afternoon of bubbles! A quick trip to the dollar store (or you can make your own solution with dish soap and water) will provide hours of sunny fun as your little ones try to blow the biggest, smallest, or longest-lasting bubbles!
Pen Pals: Finding a pen pal for your child can be as simple as hopping online. Try asking Facebook friends who live in other parts of the country or world if they have kids who might like to connect!
Be imaginative, get the kids involved in exploring their interests, and without spending a fortune, you’ll be well on your way to a summer they’ll always remember. Be sure to snap lots of photos so the kiddos will be able to look back all year on all the fun they had!
Looking for a budget-friendly way to get away from it all? Santa’s Village offers great packages for your summertime getaway! Connect with your family while staying at Whispering Pines in a tent, cabin, or yurt, and enjoy endless activities at Santa’s Village and Sportsland! Be sure to get on Santa’s Nice List for even more savings!