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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Creative Summer Fun Ideas (Cheap too!)

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Summer is getting HOT! And at this point sometimes it's getting long and you're running out of ideas to keep the kids busy and have some fun as a family.  Here are some creative ways to help you keep the fun rolling!


You don't need a camper, just set up a tent in your backyard!  We did this for 4th of July.  We had so much fun! (although don't do it on the 4th, too many fireworks)  My daughter told me it was the best time she's ever had!  The nicest thing was there was no packing or unpacking!  We did most of our cooking over the campfire to keep with the experience, we did cheat on Sunday morning and make our pancakes inside, we were getting tired of waiting on the fire.

Fun Games that Recycle and Reuse

The Children's Busy Book, The Toddler's Busy Book, and The Preschooler's Busy Book have some GREAT ideas to get you started!  We played Jug Catch from The Children's Busy Book.  It was so much fun and FREE too!  We too empty milk jugs and cut off the bottom right at the end of the handle.  Next we took a ball we had laying around and tossed it back and forth in those jugs held upside down by the handles!  My son LOVED this game!


Find some water nearby.  We've got a park with a river to swim in and another location with a splashpad.  They are within 20 minutes each and so worth it for the kids!  Pack a lunch, meet some friends and be prepared to stay as long as the kids love it.  Around here that means we are gone for the day, so I guess I should add throw a meal in the crockpot before you leave to that list!

More Water

Set some buckets in the back yard and give each person a sour cream or cottage cheese bowl, then see who stays the driest!

Don't forget when you need to sprinkle the garden, set it up so the kids can run through half of it, while the other half is watering your garden!

Let's Hear From You

What are your favorite summer fun ideas that don't cost an arm and a leg?  I'm always searching for more!!!

Free and Creative Summer Fun Works for Me This post is linked to 30 Minute Blog Challenge, Thrifty Thursdays, and Frugal Fridays.

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Amy said...

We like to hike.
For local things we like to hit the Free concerts or Free kids shows our city puts on in the city park.

Thanks for hosting!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for the reminder about The Toddler Busy Book and Preschooler's busy book - I have them in our Library but forgot! :)

We also have free movies (outdoor) that various groups support - lots of fun, for free!


Amanda said...

I am hoping to camp out in the backyard once this summer too and we've been hitting up the local pool lots so far this summer. love that its free to use.

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Amy, Thanks for the reminder to check into free concerts! I know we had a jazz festival, but that was on our anniversary weekend and it was too HOT to be out!

Jessica, Those books are great resources!

Amanda, How lucky to have a free local pool! I don't think we have one around here:(

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