Summer is usually a fun season for all…especially the kids who get to enjoy some much needed time out of school. Â During this time, you may want to do a variety of things to assure your children have an enjoyable summer. Â And guess what…..you don’t have to spend an outrageous amount of money doing so. Â In fact, you can come up with your own activities that can be enjoyed by your kids and their friends right in your backyard! Â And since you can do these activities right at your home they can be as budget-friendly as you’d like to make them. Â So if you’re ready to put on your creative hat and host some memorable summer activities for the kids then read on!
Camping in the backyard: This works great if you have a deck or patio but can also work on plain grass. Â Got a tent? Â Set one up in the backyard to create your own mini-camp for the kids to enjoy. Â You can even throw in a fire pit where they can roast camp faves such as hot dogs and marshmallows (with adult supervision, of course). Â Good times!
Splash Party: If your kids are anything like mines then I’m sure you get questioned numerous times about going swimming to a local pool or water park. Â While this is fun for kids and even adults it can also really add up in costs especially when you consider not only admission but also food/snack prices. Â On top of that, you’ll likely have to deal with crowds and that’s definitely not always fun. Â So how about creating a water park in your backyard? Â All you really need is small variety of water toys for the kids. Â You can find kid-friendly pools and water toys for very reasonable prices at stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, and even Family Dollar. Â Throw in a few small water toys such as water guns and water balloons and it’s sure to be a great time for all! Â You can even create a menu of food from which the kids can order. Â The parents can be the waiters/waitresses…just don’t expect much if any tips 🙂
Kid Cookout: Move a birthday or other party outdoors or throw some meat and veggies on the grill and make it a cookout for the kids to enjoy. Â Create one for the kids featuring their faves such as burgers and hot dogs along with a variety of snacks and fruity summer drinks. Â Set up fun activities to keep the kiddos entertained during the cookout. Â Six Sisters Stuff blog has a great list of outdoor activities you can do with kids, which you can find here.
Movie Night Outdoors: Get a few chairs, blankets, and a projector screen and let the kids watch a movie outside. Â Create a kid-friendly menu with movie theater faves such as popcorn, nachos, hot dogs, and candies. Â Of course, you’ll need to have the proper equipment such as the projector and screen, which you can find at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. Â But once you have it then you’re good to go. Â You sure will save a lot of money with this option because we all know that going to the movies these days is not cheap AT ALL!
Plant a Garden: Get the kids together to plant a neighborhood garden. Â They can take pride in contributing their efforts once the flowers start to bloom. Â Or they can plant a food garden. Â Planting a food garden can be a fun activity that introduces them to urban farming and help them to understand how they can play a role in the sustainability of their food supply. Â Treat them to a nice, hearty meal afterwards to show them appreciation for all their hard work. Â This is a great fun, educational activity!
You really don’t have to break the bank to assure that your kids have a fun, memorable summer. Â All it takes is some creativity and others who may be willing to help you if needed. Â Enjoy!