As we get ready to start up our new homeschool year, soccer, scouts and Bible Study I can’t help but yearn for the carefree times of summer. Staying up later and playing on the porch is one of our favorite activities in the summer. We used to catch lightning bugs but I hate seeing the kids put those little things in jars and they die. That is why summer is so great! Our schedule gets complicated through the school year, and I think I want more white space to have some nights where nothing is planned.
There are so many places to go and the things to do that cost little or no money in the summer. I love summer because of all the free summer activities for kids. It really helps a frugal moms budget and the kids enjoy the activities. To me our budget gets stretched because indoor playlands cost money. Winter brings us to the YMCA more, or playland at McDonalds.
Just last night we went to our State Fair and because of the free tickets available in the newspaper we saved money. My husband and I were lucky to meet some nice people next to us who handed us a few extra tickets on top of the one we had and our two youngest children were free! People can be so kind and generous. There was no charge into the fair….more money now for FOOD! Actually I love the lemonade shake ups. No where makes them like the State Fair.
Grab your camera and enjoy the final days of warmth (hopefully), sunshine and late nights. If you have already started school try to squeeze in 30 minutes of just family time riding bikes. Summer is the best time for free activities for kids and they are usually advertised on a website or in the local paper. Do what I do and Google it.
3. If there is a swimming pool open go for an hour, the kids will be really tired for bed. Trust me.
4. Make up a new game. It is kind of like tag but our kids love to play “Chicken and Fox”. Someone is the fox and everybody else is the chickens. You get the picture, but they love it.
5. Go bowling. There is a website Kids Bowl Free and sign up. They have freebies that they send by email each week until Labor Day. Bowling is great for an after school treat that doesn’t take a long time.
Try some of these ideas or look for new ones on your own. Labor Day is almost here! Please follow me on Facebook because I post a lot of different tips and resources for families to read.