Summer time is here! If you are anything like me, you are excited that you get to have fun with the kids. I live in a big city so there are tons of options out there for us BUT those prices though?!?!?!?
There are things that we do to lessen the damage on the bank account when we do things like the zoo or pools- like packing our lunches and drinks, oh and snacks! Sometimes admission costs alone for everybody can be hard to bounce back from. That’s why I came up with things that are completely free!
Most of them are a no brainer but I will be telling you ways that you can take it up a notch. Kids are so simple and don’t need us to spend money to have fun. I hope this list can help your summer fun ideas and your bank account.
1. Take Them Hiking
You can look up local hiking trails near you and find which one is the best fit for your family. We have a little one that we prefer to have in a stroller so I like to look at the details and reviews on the trail. Paved trails make for a much easier hike with little ones!
This is the perfect time to teach your kids about nature! You can look for bugs or spot animals. Before you head out, write a list of things to keep an eye out for. The kids will be excited that they were able to find something and look for more.
If you have a bug kit for your kids BRING IT. Just make sure they aren’t trying to catch a wasp! You might be surprised at how big of a hit Bug Adventures will be with the kids.
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2. The Park
Going to the park is one of those no brainers I was telling you about. You probably take your kids to the park all the time. I know I do, mama needs them to have a good nap! Its fun for them and it’s free.
Take It Up A Notch
Bring a blanket and some lunches for a picnic at the park! Something so small can make a huge difference for the whole family. Things like this will be what they remember, and that is always a motivator for me to make the best memories.
You can also bring different games and activities. My oldest daughters new favorite outdoor game to play is Red Light Green Light. Yup, mama took it old school. I love passing on the games I played when I was a kid. Not to mention those games are 100% Free! #winning
3. Walks And Bike Rides
Around here, one of our favorite things to do is go for walks. My oldest just learned how to ride her bike so she’s on it every chance she gets. It is a good time to teach your kids about safety as well. It makes me giggle every time my daughter yells “Curb!” when a car comes or tells me we have to stop at the stop signs and look for cars. It lets me know that she is listening and learning and it makes me feel like I might just be a good mom after all.
4. Your Own Yard
I know what you’re thinking, and yes you CAN have fun at your own house! The possibilities are endless. Chalk is a huge hit in our house. Well, outside of it anyways. We all like to draw on the fence and patio. I made some hopscotch squares one time and had a good laugh at my daughter trying to hop across it.
Another thing that can be fun for the whole family is a water balloon fight! I love the new Bunch’O’Balloons thing that fills up a bunch at one time, but I’m honestly kind of annoyed kids these days to have to work as hard as we did for anything. Get a couple of buckets you can put them in and place them in random spots in the yard so you don’t all run for the same bucket.
Are you that parent that freaks out over dirt? Well I hope not because if your kids are like mine they will LOVE the stuff. They like to dig in the dirt and look for worms and other bugs. Mommy will even take out a bucket of water so we can make the best worm topped Mud Pies in town!
Growing up we loved to play in the sprinklers but we always had to find more ways to make that fun. We would get my step-dads tarps out and get some soap to make our own slip and slide. I honestly liked ours more because it was bigger.
5. Exotic Pet Stores
Yes I know, this one is a little weird to suggest but I have never met a kid that doesn’t like the pet store. We have an exotic pet store close to us and my kids could spend hours in there. I’ll admit that I enjoy it too. It’s like a zoo except it is completely free, less walking, and no paying $50 for a hot dog and soda! We also think it’s really fun to spot Nemo and Dory in the fish tanks. Who knows, you may get suckered into buying the family’s new pet turtle because he looks like Crush!
In conclusion, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money for the kids to have fun, trust me, time with them and off of your phone means enough. Be creative, be inventive, have fun. That’s literally it! Stay blessed mamas!