We all want to give our kids the best summer vacation possible. However, it can be really expensive to go to the movies a few times a week or go to theme parks. Thankfully, there are some amazing summer activities you can do on a small budget. Whether it's building an obstacle course or hosting a neighborhood game night, there are so many fun things you can do that won't cost a fortune.
Build an Obstacle Course
Something you can do with your kids that is really, really fun is to build an obstacle course. It's a great way to get kids outdoors. You could have them ride through a bike course, hula hoop ten times, bounce a soccer ball off their knee five times, and then run around the backyard three times. You can make it a competition or just have each person try to beat their own time.
Take a Class
Another amazing summer activity you can do on a budget is to take a class. There are so many different classes you can take and some are free. For example, Lowe's often has free classes for kids as does many craft stores. You can also see what's available at local art studios and community colleges. Your local library will also likely have a full summer schedule of activities.
Go for a Nature Walk
Nature walks can be a lot of fun for small kids. You can take a nature walk in your backyard, on a hiking trail, or even at the local park. Take pictures along the way and then go home to research everything you found. This is not only fun, but educational.
You can also see if your local parks have additional activities like a sprayscape or even frisbee golf for some additional free fun.
Visit Your Local Ikea Smaland
Do you have an Ikea nearby? The Ikea Smaland is not only fun for kids, but gives parents up to 90 minutes to shop. Kids must be out of the diaper stage and have a height of 37 to 54 inches. This is a great indoor park that kids are going to love. Best of all though is that you get to do some shopping on your own.
Host a Neighborhood Game Night
If there are a lot of families in your neighborhood, invite everyone over for game night. Families could compete against each other or you could do moms and daughters against fathers and sons. You could play outdoor games like basketball, badminton, or volleyball or you could play board games. Either way, this can be such a fun event. Ask everyone to bring a snack or drinks and you've got a great party.
Look for Community Events
Last, but not least, look through your local paper for information on community events. Most towns have a lot of different events throughout the summer months. You can also contact the chamber of commerce to see what's happening this summer.
Summer fun doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are so many fun things you can do with your family that are inexpensive or free.