11 Easy Ways to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer — For Cheap!

July 16, 2019

Summer is in full swing and, for parents, it can feel like a particularly long season. Keeping your kids entertained until it’s back-to-school time is practically a full-time job—one that can get expensive if you’re constantly shelling out money or activities. Here are 10 ways you can avoid hearing, “I’m bored!” without breaking the bank.

Visit the library. When the library’s sweet AC greets you, you’ll know you’re in a great place to have fun with your little ones. Whether you’re just exploring the children’s books or sitting down for a special storytime, your local library will keep everyone happy and content.

Run in the sprinkler. Head to a local park with a sprayground or set up your own kid-sized sprinkler on the grass and let your youngsters run off some of that extra summer break energy in the sunshine!

See the sun rise. Do your little ones love the great outdoors? Then they might love the idea of getting up early to watch the sun rise, or staying up a little past their bedtime to check out the stars.

Perfect a summer recipe. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with some new treats and get your kids involved! Look up a fun recipe for popsicles, ice cream, or fresh lemonade and gather in the kitchen to make it together. Then let everyone taste-test the result! Here’s a link to cute kid-friendly recipes to get you started: Play with Your Food: Fun Recipes for Kids.

Pick your own fruits and veggies. Another great way to get outside this summer is to pick some blueberries, strawberries, or anything else that’s in-season in your area. Go to localharvest.org to find a pick-your-own farm nearby. Bake a pie or cobbler with the fruits and berries you bring home!

Tune into a nature webcam. Maybe your brood is susceptible to sunburn and bug bites, so you’re not thrilled with the idea of spending hours outdoors. In this case, you can still do some exploring without actually leaving the comfort of your home. Tune into one of these nature webcams and see what bears, stingrays, or birds are up to.

Become a Junior Webranger.  Now, back to the in-real-life outdoors—your local national park is ready and waiting for your little one to take the Junior Ranger oath. Most parks have programs that include fun, educational nature activities, after which kiddos take the Junior Ranger oath with a real park ranger.

Go camping in your living room or backyard. You can go camping this summer even if you don’t have a tent. Create a fort out of blankets and pillows in the living room, make a few s’mores in the microwave, and tell a ghost story or two around a faux fire made of yellow and orange tissue paper.

Make a summer memory board. Do you have lots of fond memories from summers gone by? Relive your favorites when you make a summer memory board. Print out photos and make a collage to commemorate summers spent as a family. As an added bonus, it might remind you of a few ways to stay busy, as you have in summers past!

Give back. When all else fails, spending your summer volunteering is always a worthy endeavor. Teach your children about the importance of giving back by volunteering at a local animal shelter, sorting out old toys and clothes to donate, or finding another way to improve your community.

Check out the Lincoln Military Housing website. You don’t have to venture far from home to find fun-filled summer activities for your family. Pop over to the Lincoln Military Housing website to find fun events happening right in your community!

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