Summer holidays are nearly here! We have one more week of school before the girls are on holiday for the next few months. I’ve put together a list of inexpensive summer fun activities that will let us spend time together making memories without spending too much money.
Visit a local water park or create one in your back yard using sprinklers, a pool, water balloons and squirt guns.
Play Kickball Croquet
Set up pool noodles in your yard to make arches. Kick a ball through the arches. See how to play kickball croquet here.
Make A Band
Ask the children to practice playing their instruments and then put on a show for you. For older children, see if they can work as a team and write a song together. If you feel adventurous, try making your own instruments.
Visit A Fire Station
Many fire stations host an open day for children to come and see the fire engines and meet the firefighters.
Make Sponge Bombs
Use household sponges to make sponge bombs to keep you cool this summer.
Head out to a local “U-pick” farm to pick fresh berries. Wear appropriate clothing and choose a time of day to go when it’s not too hot. Make ice cream, muffins, cobblers or jam with your delicious fruit. Freeze any extras for turning into smoothies later in the year.
Go For A Nature Walk
Take your children out to explore and discover interesting things. It’s a great way to get your children active, take them somewhere new and teach them about their environment.
Such fun on a sunny day! Grab a large blanket, friends and your favorite finger foods and enjoy an afternoon at your nearby beach or park.
Make a lemonade stand
For younger children, provide a table by your home and make the lemonade for them. For older children, discuss with them areas where they could sell, how much lemonade to make and prices to charge. Can they work with their friends and divide the work and profits between them? This is a great way to expose children to finance, helps them develop their communication skills and builds self-confidence.
Visit a local river or creek and teach your children how to skip rocks. A great way to spend an afternoon.
Make Homemade Ice cream
Ask your children to help you make ice cream in a baggie. Find the instructions here.
Visit A Parade
Check your local city or town’s website for a list of local parades. If you cannot find a local parade to visit, create your own. Decorate bikes or strollers with streamers and flowers and take a walk around your neighbourhood with friends and neighbours.
Play Balloon Tennis
Tape craft sticks or paint stirrers onto the back of paper plates. Use these as rackets to hit a balloon.
Host a treasure hunt for your children. For younger children, hide gold coins and ask them to find them all. Provide a picture map for them (photos of the rooms or areas you have hidden the coins) and give them a prize when they return all the coins to you. For older children, print off written clues and send them to the yard or a local park. Use the clues to guide the children to where you want the treasure hunt to end. Maybe it could lead back to your home where there is a pinata or treasure chest waiting for them.
Visit The Library
Check out books and movies, join in with story time or see if you can join the summer reading program and win prizes.
Choose a dark, clear night and look for stars and planets. Check out some books from the library on astronomy to help you. Take a blanket to wrap up warm and a telescope if you have one.
Create Your Own Holiday Day
Choose a day and declare that your own holiday. It could be Ice Cream Sunday, Annual Funny Hair Day, Opposite Day or Random Act of Kindness Day. Have fun!
Act Out A Story
Either use a favourite bedtime story or ask the children to invent a story. Let them use their creative skills to make costumes.
Visit Your Local Recreation Centre
See if they have any free or inexpensive classes you can attend. Fun ideas are swimming, rock climbing, playing badminton or play time for toddlers.
Register your child in the Kids Bowl Free program and they can have two free games of bowling daily.
Summer fun doesn’t have to be expensive.
How are you creating fun memories on a frugal budget?