Every year about this time, I start to anticipate the arrival of Spring & Summer. There is just something about being outside enjoying time with your kids that makes this time of the year one of my favorites. I thought it would be fun to share with you a few fun and frugal ways to enjoy this time of the year.
Plan a Picnic – Head to your local park and spread out a blanket. The kids will enjoy running around and the best part is after lunch is finished, there’s no mess to clean up.
Take a Nature Walk – Grab a Sand Pail and take a walk around the neighborhood. Let the kids collect items they find and create a show-and-tell board when you get home.
Grab a Sprinkler – One of my son’s absolute favorite things to do during the summer months is to run around in the sprinkler. You can have hours of fun and stay cool all at the same time.
Hit the Drive-In – You typically pay for a drive-in movie per car, not per person, so this can be a great way to save a little money and have some great family time under the stars.
Geo-caching – If you have older kids, then you might look into Geo-caching. This is a fun, free activity (similar to a Scavenger Hunt). You can do this in most local areas.
Find a Beach – Most local beaches and lakes have public access areas where you can spend time swimming and relaxing. Plan to bring along your lunch and don’t forget the water!
Get Active – Bicycle Rides are a great way to spend time together and get in some exercise. You can also pick up a new sport as a family; try tennis or volleyball for fun family sports.
If you find yourself searching for activities on a rainy day, then make sure you check your local library’s schedule. You can often find an abundance of free activities and programs for kids during the summer months. Also, grabbing a book and curling up on the couch is one of my favorite ways to relax on a rainy day.
Regardless of the outdoor activity you choose, remember that it’s all about spending time together as a family. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy your time together. Spring and summer are great seasons to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.