Summer is a great time of year to spend time with your kids. But day camps and other activities can be expensive. Here are 5 FREE things you can do with your kids this summer. Free; as in you won’t have to spend a dime.
1. Scavenger Hunt. Make up a list of items, put on your walking shoes and set out on a scavenger hunt with your kids. You can look for a variety of items like pretty stones, seashells, flowers, leaves and pinecones. You can also do an A to Z scavenger hunt, where the kids have to find one item that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
If it’s a really hot day, grab your camera and go to an air-conditioned mall. You can do an indoor scavenger hunt there. The kids can take photos of the items on the scavenger hunt list (examples: a specific book, a toy, a red coat, a pair of high top sneakers). Make sure to supervise your kids if you do an indoor mall scavenger hunt.
2. Camp Out. Pitch a tent and have an outdoor campout with your kids. You can let the kids stay up late and tell ghost stories. If you have a fire pit, let them roast marshmallows and make S’mores before bed. If you don’t want to sleep outside, pull out some sleeping bags and have an indoor campout. Either way your kids will think it is special to camp out with you.
To make S’mores, put a roasted marshmallow and a square of chocolate between 2 graham crackers. For an indoor campout you can make indoor S’mores by microwaving a marshmallow on top of a graham cracker for about 10 seconds, then top it with a square of chocolate and another graham cracker.
3. Library Activities. Most local libraries offer a variety of free summertime activities, like summer story hours and crafts. Sign your child up for your library’s summer reading program (most offer prizes for completed reading logs). You can also see if your library offers any free summertime festivals for the kids. Check your local library’s website for information on their summertime activities.
4. Family Bike Ride. Kids love to ride bikes, but it’s extra special when mom or dad join them. Find a local bike trail and take a family bike ride. You can even pack a picnic lunch and stop along the way. This sounds like such a simple thing, but if it’s not something you usually do with your kids then they will love the idea of a family bike ride.
5. Regal Cinema free movies. The Regal Cinema chain offers their annual Free Family Film Festival starting in June. Free movies run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings beginning at 10:00 AM at select Regal theatres. This year, movies like “The Tale of Despereaux”, “King Fu Panda”, “Madagascar 2” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars” will be featured. For more information and to check the movies offered in your area:
Sources: Regal Entertainment Group