One of my most read articles is one that I wrote in May of 2009 entitled Great Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained This Summer For Free. While the free movies and free bowling days are still great ways to keep your kids entertained this summer there are still plenty of other options for keeping your kids entertained this summer frugally. Here is a look at even more ways to keep your kids entertained this summer for free, many of which can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Hit the Library
While most public libraries not only summer reading programs that can allow kids to earn free admission to local activities, most public libraries will also offer free activities all summer long for kids. From everything from story hour, to craft activities, to movie showings, public libraries can be a great source for free family fun for the kids. Be sure to check your libraries website or give them a call to find out what activities they are offering this summer.
Kids love pajama parties, and pajama parties don’t have to be confined to night time, you can have an all-day pajama party. Invite the neighborhood kids to come over in their pajamas or stick to the kids in your own family, and enjoy all of your typical pajama party activities. Play games, watch movies, eat popcorn, and have a pillow fight.
Geocaching is basically a real life treasure hunt, and can be a great way to get kids outdoors this summer. With the help of a hand-held GPS unit your family can search for hidden caches around your city. You can find directions to local caches by visiting The Official Geocaching website.
Camp site rates can add up but camping in the backyard can be just as much fun as camping at a campground and a huge plus is that you have indoor plumbing right at your campsite! Set up tents in the backyard, make a bonfire in the fire pit, cook some hot dogs or marshmallows, tell ghost stories, and enjoy all of your favorite camping activities without having to leave your house or pay the campsite fees.
Take a Hike
Get the kids outdoors and enjoy some family time by visiting a local park for a hike. Most local and state parks have mapped hiking trails that range from easy to advanced. Chose a trail, pack a picnic lunch, and make a day of it.
Skip the expensive county fair or local festival and enjoy a carnival in your backyard. You don’t have to go overboard on carnival games, try tossing a tennis ball into a canning jar, set up a hopscotch board on the sidewalk with chalk, try some relay races, and you will end up with some happy kids.