Summer time is here!!! We just got back from a fun-filled week at Disneyland and the pocketbook is a bit lighter…just a bit. We will definitely be finding some fun and cheap entertainment to keep my little Madelyn moving! Here are some ideas for a low-cost summer for you and your little ones.
1. Free zoo and museum days – tons of free days available in the summer! Get prepared for crowds, but it’s free – yay! You can even pack some PB&J sandwiches and juice boxes:) Create a scavenger hunt using clip art to keep the kiddos interested! Madelyn loves to cross off the animals as she sees them.
2. Family game night! Pull out some board games or make up your own! Any games will do! Invite some friends or family over and turn it into a finger food pot luck! The more the merrier!
3. Picnic in the park- or even in your backyard! Throw down a blanket, pack a lunch, bring coloring books, reading books, or puzzle books and work/read them together. Lay back and look at the clouds and just be with each other!
4. A blow up mattress + blanket fort + Christmas twinkle lights = family movie night fun! Turn your living room into a magical movie palace! Have the kids help decorate and have a movie marathon – you could even have a sleepover in the tent!
5. Nature walk through the park or even the neighborhood. Madelyn and I love to take nature walks almost every day. We love to make nature bracelets – an idea from her first year preschool teacher. Just put a strip of packing tape around your wrist and stick leaves, flowers, rocks, or anything interesting that you come across to the tape and by the end of the walk, you have a beautiful nature bracelet! Cover the top with tape when you get home to make it last longer:)
6. Library time! Find your local library online to find storytime days and other special – FREE- events that are happening in the library near you! And, go to the library’s kid’s section and just find a comfy chair or bean bag and just read to each other. We have spent hours just doing that. Then, check out your favorites to read again at home!
7. Playgrounds are free! Find one within walking distance of an ice cream shop. For a special treat:)
8. Go online to find local summer festivals in your area. We go to art festivals, food festivals, 4th of july events, dragon boat festival, renaissance fair, the Greek festival, and carnivals in the summer. Many of them will let you bring in your own food, water and snacks. They all have free entertainment and fun! All of them also encourage new traditions and open us up to new things – always worth it!
9. There’s fun to be had right outside your door! Madelyn loves to be outside and summer is the perfect time for us to enjoy the sunshine together. We love to draw with sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles and play Frisbee. Just go to your local Dollar Store and you can find so many cheap and fun things to play with outside.
10. Backyard camping! Don’t have time or energy to go camping? Put up a tent in the backyard! Serve up camp foods like hot dogs and s’mores that you can cook over a grill or fire pit. pull out sleeping bags and your tent. Bring flashlights and tell scary stories. All the campy fun with a lot less work! The best part – indoor plumbing at your disposal:)
So, get out there and have some family fun this summer – no excuses!