15 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer That Don’t Cost A Dime
Finding things to do that don’t cost us a dime is very important during the summer months. Kids want to stay busy and we want them to have a good time, but the expense of doing so can add up quickly if we don’t get creative. Here are 15 ideas that will cost you absolutely nothing this summer:
Treasure Hunts are so much fun and they are super easy. Just find or create some “magical” objects and hide them all around your yard to create a fun mystery for your kids. This also can work indoors on a rainy day.
Head to the Park
A simple stroll in the park is a ton of fun for the kids and for mom and dad too. Find a place that puts your mind at ease and take a walk there every chance you get. Try to go during the late afternoon or early mornings so that the heat is not as bad.
Play Hide and Seek
This classic game is a classic for a reason….it is a ton of fun! One person hides their eyes while everyone else hides. After a count of ten, the person then goes hunting. If someone is tagged before they get back to a specific spot, they are “it” and the game starts over.
Hiking is wonderful for exercise but also because it keeps your kids exploring. Working their mental abilities as well as their physical, hiking is a great way to keep the family vibrant and healthy.
There are countless causes in your communities that need your help and your kids will benefit greatly from volunteering. It will teach them a sense of duty and community. Find a great cause and volunteer and you will feel like a million bucks and be helping someone at the same time.
Make Up A New Recipe
Cooking is always fun for kids and you can make it exciting by having a pantry challenge of sorts. Dig in the cabinets and find some ingredients. Then have the kids come up with a new recipe from the ingredients. Gently oversee things so that you don’t end up with something inedible.
Put on a Neighborhood Talent Show
This is a great deal of fun if you have a neighborhood that hangs out together. Gather everyone and organize a talent show. Advertise it weeks in advance and have everyone bring something to make it a full blown cookout/talent show.
Play A Favorite Sport
Countless sports are absolutely free and wonderful fun. Pick one and give it a shot this summer. When you tire of one, move on to something else. This is a great way to let your kids sample the various sports.
Make Up A New Song
Why not write a song? You might be shocked at what happens. Perhaps you have the next great songwriters on your hands.
Visit a Local Historic Site
Most historic sites cost absolutely nothing to visit and if you look hard enough, you will find some pretty interesting things. Old homes, museums and even war sites are generally sprinkled all over the place. Look around and see what you can visit this summer.
Go Bike Riding
Why not dust off those bikes that have been in the garage all winter? Get out and pedal your way to free fun!
Help a Neighbor for the Day
Ask around the neighborhood and see if you can assist someone. Perhaps you can mow their lawn, get groceries or simply lend some company to someone that needs it. Kids will embrace this sort of thing if you introduce it early on. Our world needs more of it.
Plant a Tree
There is something special about planting something and letting it grow right before your eyes. If not a tree, perhaps a flower or bush would work. You might even start a garden.
Have a Neighborhood Olympics
Like the talent show above, you can also have a neighborhood Olympics. This is a ton of fun and simply requires you to come up with various “events” that the kids can compete in. Sack races, egg tosses and countless other things work just fine.
It is summer, right? Find a nice cool spot to swim for free and enjoy the water and sun. Just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and to follow safety guidelines around the water!
If you’re looking for even more ideas to get active over the summer, check out this great book filled with bored busting ideas! Here are even more activities that will keep the kids busy and entertained! Be sure to check them out!