When it comes to summer time, I feel like I need to take every opportunity possible to do projects with the kids, take them on mini excursions and just make the absolute best for their summer vacation! I know there are so many years ahead before they are off to college and getting their first jobs, but I also hear so many people saying just how fast the time went.
And you know once college comes and they get those jobs, relationships and their own families… well there just won’t be time (as there shouldn’t be if I did my mothering correctly!) to go with their parents to the zoo or on a cross-country road trip or out for ice cream! So I want to give my children all those fun experiences while we can!
But when it comes to doing fun things, there also comes the price you have to pay to participate. And things are sure going up in price! Every time I turn around, it seems even a box of cereal has gone up another dollar in price. So what do you do, besides sell off your first born, to pay for all these fun things to do? Or do you just say to heck with it, they can have just as many memories at the park as they can at Disneyworld?!
Here is a list of fun things to do with your kids:
Lowes hardware store offers “Kids Clinics” where your child can learn to use tools and build things like birdhouses and fire trucks. The classes are FREE and your kids will get a free apron! These classes are a great opportunity for you and your kids to learn some great new skills.
If you are a Bank of America member, check out their Museums on Us program just for card holders! Just click on your city, or a city you will be visiting and see what is available to you. What a great way to save just by showing your card!
Be sure to check out museums near you – many offer free admission days at least one time a month. They may also offer special summer classes or camps just for kids. Museums are a great way to keep your child’s brain learning and growing during summer vacation!
National Geographic put together this list of 20 free museums in the United States. It is worth checking it out to see if one is local to you or in a city you may be planning to vacation this summer!
Some national parks have pricey entrance fees. If your family enjoys a good hike like we do, you will be happy to hear that the National Park Service has several free admission days throughout the year. The next entrance-free day in 2013 is August 25th in celebration of the National Park Service Birthday. Check out other free entrance dates here.
If you live near a big city, or plan to visit one this summer, check out a program called CityPASS. Purchasing a pass (they currently offer in 11 US cities) entitles you to admission to different theme parks, museums, etc. based on the city of the pass you purchase. It is valid for 14 days from purchase, so it is a great opportunity if you want a whirlwind tour of one of these cities at a HUGELY discounted rate!
For a list of 65 FREE things your kids can do at home this summer, visit a great blog I came across called Homey Home Design. This list is full of great ideas from building forts to washing the family car!
If you have any other cheap or free ideas to keep your kiddos from being bored this summer, I would love to hear! I hope you are all enjoying those precious moments with your children and keeping your sanity as well.