With summer here and kids out of school, it is time to spend some quality time with the family and keep the kids, and you, healthy and active. If you didn't send your kids off to camp during the summer, they will likely want to do other things, many of which can cost more money than you have available.
It is a must to get outside and have fun during the summer. Many activities can cost a lot, but with some planning and a few good ideas, you can keep your family busy, active, and entertained all summer. Below are some activities for you and your kids to spend some quality time together without taking a hammer to the piggy bank.
- Fee Free National Park Days - Take your family to a national park in your state. Every year, National Parks offer Free Entrance Days. Get a list of participating National Parks at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm. Free Entrance dates for 2010 are listed below:
- April 17-25, 2010
(National Park Week)
- June 5-6, 2010
- August 14-15, 2010
- September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
- November 11, 2010
- Day Hike - Take the family on a day hike on local trails. The biggest expense with a day hike is usually parking, and that might even be free where you live. Day hikes are also great exercise and can reduce stress.
- Pool Passes - Invest in a pool or parks pass instead, and make good use of great outdoor weather. Many community pools and local park systems offer low-cost, or free activities and events for the whole family.
- Library Activities - Local libraries are a great resource if you need to find activities for your kids. Check the library's website or stop by and ask a librarian about activities for the summer. Not only will you get your kids away from the TV and video games, but they might read more!
- Backyard Wading Pool - Depending on the age of your children, purchase a wading pool for your backyard to provide days of fun throughout the summer for the kids, all without leaving the house.
- Save on Food - Eat before you leave or pack a lunch for summer daytime activities. If you go to heavily visited areas, food could cost even more than normal, turning your money saving summer activity into an unexpected budget-busting expense.