Keep Busy This Summer

Inexpensive Ways to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer

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Most parents will tell you; there are some great advantages to having their children home for the summer. Summer break is an ideal opportunity to spend quality time with kids, get respite from homework helping, and maybe even sleep a little later in the mornings.

Of course, summer vacation does come with one challenge — finding affordable ways to keep your children occupied and avoid that dreaded, but all-too-common phrase: "I'm bored."

If your children aren't enrolled in summer camp or sporting activities, you may be struggling with finding affordable ways to keep them occupied. Rest assured, there are some fun activities you can do with your kids that are easy on your budget, including:

1.  Summer picnics. A picnic in the park is a great way to connect with your children and enjoy the great outdoors. Pack some sandwiches and snacks and bring along a Frisbee and other outdoor equipment to ensure you and your kids get exercise together.

2.  Take in free summer concerts. Your community may offer free concerts in the park. Take the kids along with a blanket and some snacks to enjoy free entertainment.

3.  Head to the beach. You don't have to spend an expensive day at a water park to stay refreshed. A day at the beach or lake is a great way to keep your kids busy. If you can, bring along other families and friends and encourage kids to play in the sand and water and to participate in a game of football or volleyball.

4.  Go the movies. Many movie theaters offer free or discounted summer movies each week. Check with your local theater to see what they may offer. Also, don’t forget about the CRBT Movies on the Riverbank! Bring your kids and enjoy a free movie outside at the McGrath Amphitheatre. 2016 Dates:  June 18 - Minions, July 16 – Inside Out, and August 13 – Zootopia.

5.  Go berry picking. You'll get your kids outside and have tasty and healthy treats for them to enjoy.

6.  Have a backyard campfire. If you can't afford to spend money on a campsite, turn your backyard into one. Have a fire and bring some marshmallows to toast. Sitting around a fire is a great way for your family to talk and connect without technology.

7.  Go fishing. Fishing is a relaxing and quiet activity that kids enjoy.

8.  Visit free museums and libraries. Many museums offer discounted or free admissions during the summer.

9  Have a lemonade stand. You'll not only teach your kids about business, but also will give them a fun activity they can enjoy.

10.  Play games. Make every day a family game day. Set aside an hour or so a day to play card or board games with your kids.

11.  Go for a bike ride. Many communities offer bike trails that make family biking fun and safe.

If you can get creative with your activities and make a schedule for your kids, you'll help keep them busy and give them a summer they will remember for years to come.