Trying to find things to do that do not cost a lot of money can be hard. We are a very active family in the summer and we enjoy doing things together. Finding activities on a budget can be challenging but here are some of the fun things we do.
1. Spend a day at the park, bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Parks are free and it is a great way to let you little ones run off some energy.
2. Take a nature walk and do a scavenger hunt while you are walking. Last fall we did a hunt right in our back yard and used the pine cones we found to make bird feeders with peanut butter and bird seed. Not only did the kids love it but they also enjoyed watching the birds eat their treats.
3. Watch for family nights at local businesses. Each year our town has family fun at the park, bring your family, lawn chair and a dish to pass. Enjoy a meal with other locals and free entertainment. Our local movie theater also passes out free tickets to afternoon shows of past movies they have had.
4. Get your kids involved in your garden if you have one. Although my kids are still very young they still had a great time helping to plant the seeds and pick the veggies when they were ready. It is a great learning opportunity also.
5. Join your local libraries summer reading program if they have one. Our library does this every summer, starting at age two. The kids have a goal amount of books they are supposed to read, at the end of the summer they get a reward for reaching their goals and the library hosts free events all summer long.
6. Have a build your own pizza night and rent a movie. It is way cheaper then going out for pizza and then going to the theater. Plus your kids will have a ton of fun building their own little pizzas. I use pita bread for personal sized pizzas.