Things To Do When The Kids Are Out Of School

Kevin Gardner

When the summer hits, parents can often become frustrated finding things to do with their kids. Summer camps, theme parks, and water parks are great, but can get expensive quickly. Parent's are often overthinking what to do for summertime entertainment, but it doesn't have to be too complicated. Most children want to have fun and be with their families. One-on-one time is crucial and helps kids stay off the cell phone or computer and fortify relationships with their parents. There are countless ideas to incorporate this summer including those in your own home or backyard. Here is a list of some of the most inexpensive and fun-filled activities you can do with your kids this summer.

1. Have A Picnic In The Park

A simple picnic in the park is an excellent way to spend quality time with your kids. All you need are some sandwiches, a blanket, and a Frisbee and you're ready to go. Most people also find bargains during the summer for camping in the national or state parks. There are towns and cities around the country that offer free concerts or movies in the park.

2. Play Traditional Outdoor Games

Softball, freeze tag, kickball, and dodgeball are some of the traditional outdoor games to play at the park or your backyard. This is an excellent idea for those kids who love to stay glued to gadgets. Set a rule that they must participate in at least one traditional outdoor game for at least an hour.

3. Play Indoor Games

Depending on where you live, there will likely be times when the sun is too scorching hot to venture outside. Introduce your children to new board games, card games, or the classics. Traditional indoor games are not a thing of the past. Trivia and board game nights have become famous around the world in many bars. Your kids might enjoy Yahtzee, Candyland, Trouble, or Go Fish to name a few.

4. Go Swimming

Let's face it, kids love swimming pools. Your community pool or fitness center probably has a reasonable summer pass that would make a good investment. Alternatively, consider putting in a pool of your own for the ultimate convenience. Then you can swim at anytime without the crowds. Pools have many benefits and can be surprisingly affordable thanks to pool financing options. If you don't have a local pool or it's not in your budget, have kids play water gun tag, run through the sprinklers, or wade in an inexpensive kiddie pool.

5. Go To The Movies

You can find certain theater chains that will play free movies or offer discounted rates for kids on weekday mornings during the summer. Movie theaters are air-conditioned and now have special amenities including 3D screens, reclining seats, and restaurants. Going to the movies makes for an affordable and fun family day or night out.

6. Let The Kids Help You Cook And Bake

Letting your kids help you cook is not only fun for them, but it will sharpen their math skills. It's also a meaningful way to get them to eat healthy meals they liked preparing. Cooking together is a bonding time for parent and child and will help expand their palates.

7. Start A New Craft Project

If you're a parent that likes to scrapbook, sew, or even collect coins, share your crafty skills with your kids. If it appears the child has expressed an interest in the hobby, research different projects you can do together.

8. Explore Your Local Library

Libraries are so much more than just borrowing free books. Nowadays you can download music and check out movies. Also, libraries have weekly story times, and activities for kids and teens throughout the summer. Libraries that have summer reading programs allow children to earn prizes and free books.

9. Go Bowling

During the summer, bowling lanes offer free bowling for kids. Typically, families can expect two free games daily. Across the country, bowling alley's offer the Kids Bowl Free program or the AMF free summer kids bowling program.

10. Visit Your Local Free Attractions

Less popular museums or attractions that are a little unique or quirky can still be fun. They're likely to have things your kids have never seen before. Check with your local visitors bureaus for information on free attractions or special deals in the summer.