11 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

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If you’re looking for ideas to keep your kids from getting bored this summer, we offer a few suggestions for easy and inexpensive ways for them to keep having fun — inside and outdoors.

  1. Adventure to the library
    Check out your local library’s calendar. Most public libraries have free activities for kids scheduled throughout the summer.
  2. Go on a scavenger hunt
    Missing some items around your house? Create a list and send your children looking. This will keep them busy for a little while, and it wouldn’t cost you a thing! (In fact, you’ll actually save money by finding lost items!)
  3. Take a nature walk
    If you have a local spot with a walking trail, head there! If not, find somewhere with trees, plants, rocks, flowers and insects to discover. Keep them engaged by having them look out for different types of nature discoveries.
  4. Schedule a movie day at home
    Going to the theater can get expensive. Let the kids set up pillows and blankets in front of the television and invite some friends over if the forecast is looking rainy. Pop some popcorn for a treat and let them settle in to watch a new adventure or old favorite.
  5. Have a game day
    Head to the backyard to play “Simon Says” or “Red Light, Green Light.” If it’s raining, move inside and play games like “Go Fish” or another board game you haven’t played in a while.
  6. Camp out at home
    Pitch a tent in the backyard or let the kids build a fort in the house. It’ll feel like an overnight getaway, but without the hassle — or expense — of leaving the house!
  7. Craft a summer bucket list
    Sit down with your kids and make a list of the things they want to do or accomplish this summer. Consider setting a budget for how much can be spent, or set up a system for them to earn money to put toward these activities. This makes learning about money and saving a little more fun!
  8. Look out for discount days at your local museum or zoo
    While an outing with the entire family could get pricey, most places have discount days throughout the summer. These days will help you get out of the house without breaking the bank.
  9. Go for a bike ride
    Whether the ride is a short trip around the neighborhood, or a little longer at the local park, biking is a great way to get out of the house and help everyone stay active. Don’t forget your helmets!
  10. Create an obstacle course
    From crawling under chairs in the living room to jumping over pool noodles in the yard, the kids will stay busy for hours creating new obstacles and trying to beat their fastest times.
  11. Get on Pinterest
    If you’re looking for ideas for a simple, cost effective craft to do with your kids, Pinterest is full of ideas. Whether its simple painting projects to activities that use things you likely have lying around your house, this website has countless suggestions.