There are many wonderful things to do when your kids are home for the summer. Many don’t cost anything to participate in or to visit. Here are some fun ideas to keep your kids busy and you sane until school starts up again.
Most areas have historical sites, parks and even petting zoos that are free or donation requested. To find out what attractions you and your little ones can go to check out the website: http://free-attractions.com/ . You can plan both small trips for in your local area as well as day trips to places farther away in your state or a neighboring state.
Sometimes you can go on a trip with no destination in mind. Take a long drive as a family. Point out animals and trees to your children as you drive past. Indulge in a family audio book or a favorite music CD. At the end of the drive have lunch or a small picnic. Let the kids fall asleep in the back seat on your way back home. Enjoy the silence.
Set up times to visit a retirement center. Help your neighbor with their yard or garden. Attend birthday parties and holiday BBQs. Throw some celebrations of your own. Bring the neighborhood together as well as get your kids out of the house.
Participate in summer reading programs at the library. Take the craft or art classes offered by the local home improvement or crafting store. Sometimes even art centers, parks and community centers offer a free class for parents and children.
Use the back yard, a national park or a KOA. Take advantage of the activities provided. Swim, canoe, identify plants, set up tents, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over an open flame. Sing camp songs late into the night and sleep in.
There are many free events to participate in. There are open air concerts and annual festivals. I know of one area that does a rubber duck race once a year. Check out your local newspaper to find out what events are happening in your area.
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