One of the very first lessons that I learned as a mom, was that in order for me to stay sane, my kids needed to stay busy. Here are 10 ideas for free family friendly activities that you can try out this summer!
1. Check out your local library's calendar of events: You may be able to find story times, arts and crafts times, magic shows, educational activities, children’s theater productions, etc.
2. Take your kids to a local museum during their free admission day. Most museums offer free admission one day a month.
3. Check out your city’s webpage to learn about movies under the stars in your area. Many communities offer family friendly movies after sunset during the summer. This is a great experience! You can pack some snacks, bring a blanket and a pillow or two, and have some free family fun!
4. Call your local firehouse and set up a tour for the kids and their friends. Firemen are usually very friendly, and love to teach kids about fire safety. It helps save kids lives when kids aren’t afraid of them. I have gone with mommy groups, school groups, and I have even had firemen ask us inside to look at their helmets and trucks as we’ve passed by. Calling first is the best way to go about setting up a visit, though.
5. Find a free concert in the park.
6. Look into free street festivals where you can roam the area and look at the art from local artists. With a little bit of money, you can buy some tickets for the carnival rides, games, and enjoy some of the street food, too.
7. Look for a local swim hole or park with water features. In our area, there is a park with a wading pool that is knee deep. All of the local kids go there for a cool dip in the summer. If you aren’t comfortable with that, look for a splash pad, where the risk of drowning is slim to none.
8. Go for a nature walk. You can create a scavenger style list to keep it interesting for older kids, or you can simply go for the pure joy of being outdoors. Be safe. Don’t wear ear buds and always be aware of your surroundings. Also, be sure to take plenty of water.
9. Try out Geocaching. It’s a really cool treasure hunt of sorts. You use your GPS (most smartphones have them now) to direct you to a location that you can find on: http://www.geocaching.com. Then, you look for the cache and see what’s inside of it. There are some that are easy and some that are more difficult. You can choose the level that is right for you.
10. Check out Home Depot’s calendar of events. They offer free kids workshops the first Saturday of every month. Check out their YouTube video to see if this is something that your kids would enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekp5LsEaElU&feature=youtu.be.