Summer break is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to spend some time in the beautiful weather with my sweet family! Flip flops. Maxi skirts. Sunshine for days.
While we would love to spend our break on multiple beach vacations – or even doing things in town like going to amusement parks, the movies, bowling, even mini-golf – unfortunately, we are on a very strict budget right now.
BUT just because our wallet is low on funds, doesn’t mean our break has to be low on fun. Quite possibly the corniest sentence I’ve ever typed, but just go with it! Here are a few ideas to have some good ol’ family fun without breaking the bank.
- Plan a day at the park. Pack a picnic. Swing on the swings, bring balls, ride bikes, or take a walk on one of the nature trails. Collect some sticks and rocks and bring them home to make sun prints. Lay them on black (or any other dark color) construction paper and place them in the sun for a few hours to make a cool piece of artwork.
- Find a DIY recipe online for goop or play-doh.
- Bake cookies and deliver some to neighbors and friends.
- Schedule a playdate with some friends. Meet at someone’s house to play. Or meet up on the off hours (10am or 2 pm) at a fast food place with a nice play area for the kiddos to run off some energy. No clean-up required.
- Build a fort and let the kiddos sleep in it one night.
- Make an inexpensive “goodie bucket” with stickers, colorful notebooks for doodling, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles.
- Wash the family car. Give your kids the hose and a bucket of soapy water, and make a “car wash” in your driveway. The kids will most likely get wetter than the hood of your car, but they’ll have a blast doing it. And hopefully, get some grime off of your vehicle while they’re at it.
- Run through the sprinklers. Turn on the hose and let them run wild in their bathing suits!
- Have a Random Acts of Kindness Week. Every day pick a new random act to bless others – write letters to family members telling them how much you love them, make cards for a local nursing home, deliver goodies to the fire department closest to your house, bake a pie or cook dinner for an elderly neighbor, pay the toll for the car behind you in the toll lane. You can be really creative and still find ideas that are inexpensive. Just a couple of dollars invested can reap untold blessings to others!
- Last, but certainly not least, have a family movie night. This is seriously one of my family’s favorite traditions! We try to pick a family movie the kids haven’t seen yet (Disney Classics are our go-to!) and make it a point to go all out. Sometimes, the girls make simple decorations. Always, we have a themed dinner or dessert to go along with our movie. It is the only time I let the kids eat in the living room. So much fun! For Dumbo, we had circus themed food – corn dogs, popcorn, cotton candy. For Jungle Book, it was dessert – monkey bread and banana smoothies. You get the idea.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to make meaningful memories with your family! A little bit of creativity goes a long way.
What fun things are YOU planning to do on your Summer Break? Do you have any tips for how to get your kids out of the house without breaking the bank?