Summer has finally arrived and so has the perfect time to spend time quality time with your family. Children are out of school and keeping them occupied is a great way to keep the peace around the house. However, if you’re like many of us, money can be tight during the summer and vacations can be costly. Avoid breaking the bank by trying these fun, frugal family activities.
Camp in your Backyard
An all-time favorite summer activity for both adults and kids is camping. If a long drive is required in order to get somewhere to camp, why not pitch a tent in your backyard? This can be a very exciting experience for kids! All you need is a tent and some sleeping bags. If the town you live in permits, make a small camp fire, tell ghost stories, and cook up some s’mores.
Visit a Petting Zoo
Another frugal summertime activity is to visit a petting zoo. Unlike a regular zoo, you can get in for just a few dollars. Your kids will be able to feed the animals and see them close up. Petting zoos often have cows, pigs, rabbits, chickens, goats, and all your barnyard favorites. Some petting zoos even have exotic animals like camels!
A great way to beat the heat without spending a lot of money is by hitting the local public pool or beach. Many public pools and beaches are free and are a safe place to cool off. Lifeguards are normally on duty, giving you an extra set of eyes when your back is turned. Make a picnic lunch and enjoy hours of sunshine as your kids jump in and out of the water. Never forget to bring a bottle of sunscreen!
Attend a Baseball Game
If your family loves sports, you may want to attend a summer baseball game. Going to a major-league event is an unforgettable experience that your kids will never forget! This can get pricey. If you’re strapped for cash and want to have a little bit of extra funds for one more costly family outing, a small, same day loan can fund your trip. This is a great way to get funds quickly and pay it back slowly over time. If budget doesn’t permit, find a local team that is scheduled to play. Kids will love the excitement!
Visit a Museum
Art and history museums will teach your children about different cultures and the world. This is a great activity and a wonderful chance to learn, without spending very much money. Many towns have local museums that showcase the history of the area. Many museums offer discounted rates and some are completely free. Go to their website for more details concerning upcoming events and workshops for kids.
Get the family together to brainstorm and prepare a list of ideas before summer begins. That way, you won`t spend precious sunny days wondering what you should do. Depending on where you live, your list could include: visiting a local farm to pick fruit when it`s in season, going on a nature walk, going on a bicycle ride, star gazing in your backyard or a local park.
Summertime activities can be both fun and very frugal. Instead of watching the kids mope around the house this summer, why not get out of the house and enjoy one of these amazing activities? Your family will thank you!