If your house is anything like mine the kids are bored halfway through the first week of summer vacation. That means it’s up to you as the parent to find things to keep them busy this summer. Now that may sound great and easy but things can be expensive! Here are a few things you can do with a family of four for $20 or less.
#1 Go on a picnic: Most of us have things already in our house to take on a picnic such as peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches, chips, soda (water bottles are even better!) so the cost for food is very minimal. Grab up a ball and a few baseball gloves and head off to the park. If it’s a local park they should also have swing sets and jungle gyms for added fun. Going to the park for a picnic if it’s a local community park should be free to get into so no cost there.
#2 Go to the beach: Instead of heading to a pool where it cost anywhere from $5-$8 a person to get in, head to the beach where you pay per car to get in. Paying per car at the beach usually only cost around $5-$10 which for a family of 4 is about half what you would spend at a pool. For sand toys you can take some of those plastic cups you had with your fast food meal last week or some old butter dishes. Sand toys do not have to be expensive especially when you have all this stuff just sitting around your house collecting dust. Use what you have and don’t buy what you don’t need.
#3 Go for a bike ride: Most families have bikes sitting in the garage or shed. Use them! Isn’t that what you bought them for? Riding bikes to the local ice cream shop and stop for an ice cream cone. Not only is this something to do but you also get exercise that everyone can use.
#4 Go fishing: My kids love to fish! I know this may sound gross to some mom’s out there but what’s a little fish slime when you can have hours of fun with the kids? Now the first time around this activity may cost a bit more than $20 just because you have to purchase the fishing rods. But once you have those you can spend time hunting for worms, which is free or purchase them at a fish and tackle store or even some gas stations carry them for around $5 a container. Make sure to check your local laws on the age at which a person must have a fishing license. If you as the parent are not fishing you might not need one.
#5 Chalk: This one is great! Chalk was an all time favorite of mine when I was a kid. You can purchase chalk for around $3 a bucket and have hours of fun with it. You can also make chalk at home. Finding the recipe online is so easy. Then when the night is over pull out the water hose spray off the sidewalk and it will be ready for you the next day.
#6 Pull out the hose: Kids and grown ups alike love to get wet during the hot summer months. Pull out the hose and get out there and get wet. Spray each other, fill up balloons to toss around and have a fun time doing it. You can’t beat the fun you can have spraying or being sprayed. Not to mention you wont really even notice the small amount it adds to your water bill each month. You can do this a couple times a week for a total of $20 a month.
I’m sure there are many other things you can do this summer with your kids for under $20 you just have to look around. I hope this list has given you a great place to start with ideas! Have a happy and safe summer!