Summer is in full swing! School is out and your kids have fewer things to occupy their time. As for you: You don’t want your kids on the couch scrolling on their phones every day, but you also don’t have the time or money to go on a fun and fancy summer vacation.
No need to stress about it! We’ve got you covered with 10 fun and affordable ways to entertain your kids this summer. Take a look:
1. Spend time in nature
Find a local park or hiking trail and plan a day there! There are lots of ways to make a day in nature fun. You can plan a scavenger hunt, take along a picnic lunch, bring frisbees and balls, or maybe even bring some instruments! Walking around in or interacting with nature is an awesome way to spend a summer day.
2. Kids Yoga
Fill up empty summer days with kids yoga activities and games! While it may be difficult for children to transition from structured school schedules to lazy summer days, yoga can give them structure in a fun way! You can start by doing a Google search for “kids yoga near me” or checking out the offerings at local yoga studios.
Another option is to learn to teach kids yoga yourself! It’s easy peasy. Pretzel Kids yoga, for example, offers a simple online kids yoga teacher training that prepares you to teach kids yoga. And just think: Not only will the Pretzel Kids yoga teacher certification course prepare you to have yoga fun with your own kids, but you’ll be able to start a lucrative side hustle teaching kids yoga. Better yet, no experience is necessary to become a certified Pretzel Kids yoga teacher.
3. Go for a swim
If it’s hot where you live, cool down by going swimming. Take a day at the beach, a lake, or go to a local swimming pool. You may even be able to bring along balls, frisbees, and floatees!
4. Get crafty
There are so many inexpensive ways to start fun creative projects with your kids! You can get some coloring books (an adult one for you if you’d like), play some music, put out some snacks, and color for a few hours. You could also build a fort or a castle using bedsheets, pillows, chairs, and cardboard boxes. Another fun craft: Decorate blank shirts or baseball caps with fabric paint and markers.
5. Have fun in the kitchen
Cooking over the summer doesn’t not have to be a chore, especially if you make it a family affair! To get started, find a fun recipe and get your kids involved in the act. When I was a camp counselor one summer, baking was a frequently scheduled activity. I remember all of the happy little faces, eagerly waiting to add a cup of flour to the mixing bowl.
For an easy cooking activity, you can even make s’mores around a BBQ or backyard campfire. Or, try whipping up some homemade granola!
6. Go to the library
Since school is out, your kids probably aren’t reading as much as they do during the academic year. You can change that with a trip to the library. Some libraries even have incentive systems over the summer for young ones to read. If your library does not have a young reader program, create your own! Choosing books over the summer gives children the opportunity to discover their own interests and develop a love of reading.
7. Be a tourist in your own town
You don’t necessarily need to travel to be a tourist. You can explore your own town! Start by researching historic sights and local landmarks to get to know your hometown a little better. If your area has tourist attractions, visit those too. This is a perfect opportunity to check out all the local sites that you’ve never been to.
8. Go to a museum
There are museums all over the country that offer free or discounted days on certain weekends or days of the week. For example, if you have a Bank of America card, you can get free entry on weekends to certain museums. Another tip: Ask your local library if it offers free museum passes (many offer this). Even without these discounts, museums are often free for kids (or kids get in for a super low rate).
So, pick a museum and plan your family outing. Your kids may just learn something new and gain an appreciation for art or history!
9. Learn a new skill
The summer is a great time for you and your kids to learn something new. For example, you can find affordable classes offered at your local library or recreation center for your kids. Maybe they can take instrument lessons or you can enroll them in a yoga class!
As for you, the summer is the perfect time to take an online course while your kids are immersed in their own activities. Want to learn how to teach kids yoga? Now is your chance! You can enroll in the online Pretzel Kids yoga teacher certification course and be up and running in 10 hours!
10. Wash your car together
Let’s be honest: Your car could always use a little cleaning. Why not turn this chore into a fun activity? So, get on your bathing suits, slap on some sunscreen, and turn on the hoses! Another perk: This is another great opportunity to cool down on a hot day.
Summer fun is priceless!
You don’t need to dig deep in your wallet to entertain your kids this summer. With the 10 options above, you’ll be on your way to turning lazy summer days into fun, fun, fun!