The temperature is pushing three digit numbers, the excitement of staying up/sleeping in late has worn off, and the kids are all out of options on Netflix. You want to get them out of the house, but at what cost? They’re gonna burn their little bottoms at the park and the mall is a dangerous place for your bank account. The following may seem like a no brainer to some, but for those looking for a few solutions to throw into your summer rotation, here are our family’s top ten activities to fight boredom:
- Apple Camp – Children ages 8-12 can participate in a FREE three day, ninety minute workshop at your nearest participating Apple retail store. Choose from a variety of topics from coding to music compilation for your child to master through the use of the latest Apple technology. While early sign up is encouraged, do know that Apple holds these type of classes year round.. you just don’t get a cool t-shirt the rest of the time.
- Bowling – Two FREE games per DAY (yes, you heard that right) for any child age 15 and under for the entire summer. While shoe rental is not included, if you’re bowling daily, you might as well invest in shoes for your kids; I suggest checking your local thrift stores or Goodwill, along with a thorough cleaning.
- Roller Skating – Similar to the bowling program mentioned above, sign any child age 12 and under up and receive a pass for one FREE skate session a week. Skate rentals are extra (price depending on location) and there is an opportunity to add older children for a discounted rate.
- Summer Reading – This might not be the most exciting activity for your child to do, but prizes may entice them? Our local library hosts a Summer program where kids log their reading and earn FREE books. If you have a local Barnes & Noble book store, download their reading log and your child can pick a FREE book from their list once finished.
- Craft Camp – Kids as young as 3 yrs old can participate in a variety of low cost camps at your local Michael’s or JoAnn’s. Classes include the ever popular slime making, bird feeders, and even sewing tutorials for your older children. Parents must remain in store for some age groups and activities, but from my experience, each store has great WiFi and I’m able to get a lot of work done while my kids play.
- Discount Movies – AMC, CineMark, and Regal theaters all offer $1 movies during the summer. While I’m sure these previously released features are available on RedBox, my kids enjoy the experience, and I enjoy the price and air conditioning. Check your local theater for participation details, days, and times.
- Local Food Experts – Our family LOVES ice cream and frozen yogurt, so every year we look up new dessert places in our area and plan to visit one every Friday. It’s a nice treat that we all look forward to enjoying together as a family.
- Indoor Play – With hand sanitizer and baby wipes in hand, I gather my troops and head off to an indoor playground. McDonalds, Chik-Fil-A, and IKEA are the usuals in our rotation, IKEA being my favorite because of its drop off daycare feature. If you sign up for IKEA’s family program, you get an additional thirty minutes of play time plus a FREE cup of coffee to enjoy while you stroll the store kid free.
- Water Activities – You don’t need to pay big bucks at a water park or own a pool for your kids to get a little wet and wild. Head to your nearest dollar discount store for balloons, water guns, and buckets for some cheap fun. Our house rule? Keep it outside and play nice, cause once someone cries you’re all coming in for chores! Needless to say, they stay out for quite awhile.
- Vacation Bible School – Probably the most affordable summer camp out there, various local churches put on kid classes for 1-2 weeks at a time and often offer sibling discounts. My children love the friends they make, lessons they learn, and activities they do every year!
Summer really is my favorite time of the year.. I’m a Leo baby, what can I say? There’s so much more I that I love to do with my kids, but they’re not frugal so we’ll save that for another list! Have some unique ways that you keep your child entertained during their summer break? Follow me on Instagram and tag me in your activities, I’d love to see!