Low-cost indoor and outdoor activities for kid’s summer fun

Within all communities there are a great many opportunities for youngsters to be active throughout the summer at little or no expense. The ideas are simple, yet each offers an array of possibilities that will combine fun, education, socialization, and physical activity not to mention memories that will last a lifetime.

Indoor activities

Sometimes the weather dictates activities. For example, on a rainy day or an oppressively hot one, youngsters can enjoy many indoor activities. Museums are a wonderful place to visit and often there is no entry fee. Children can enjoy and learn about the history and various perspectives of art, science, and technology that exist in their community as well as across the world.

Shopping with children does not have to be challenging or expensive. The advent of local thrift stores offer incredible bargains on everything that a child would need to have fun throughout the summer. For example, there are puzzles, books, crayons, paper, coloring books, games, and sports equipment. Imagine the fun children will have choosing from an endless amount of inexpensive supplies that will keep them occupied all summer. Another activity that can go hand-in-hand with thrift store shopping is to empower children to take charge of their personal spaces and revitalize them through the process of reorganizing, sorting and discarding unwanted or unused items. All of this can be donated to the thrift store while shopping for new items.

Often children spend too much time in front of the television when they are not in school. However, monitoring and directing what they watch can turn the television into a great learning experience. For example, public television offers educational documentaries on dozens of topics such as history, culture, people and places. Have children watch shows then provide discussion time on the topics.

Outdoor activities

On those beautiful sunny days when the temperatures are below 75 degrees children should be outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer. For example, often the local Zoo will have a free admission day. Children and adults can visit at no cost on those days, and it goes without saying that all zoos offer great opportunities for children to learn about hundreds of animal species and aquatic life as well as horticulture.

Many communities have an outdoor concert series during the summer months. This is a great opportunity to have children experience many varieties of music. Beaches and parks offer playground equipment, hiking and biking trails as well as picnic areas.

Creating and maintaining a vegetable garden or a flowerbed is a wonderful and fun learning experience. Have children be responsible for their garden by pulling weeds, harvesting vegetables and cutting flowers to place in a vase.

Finally, another great resource, in addition to the above indoor and outdoor activities, is the local library. The library offers endless possibilities with an array of books, magazines, CDs, computers as well as story time, book discussion groups and exhibits. The greatest gift anyone can give to children is to introduce them, at an early age, to the library. The benefits will last a lifetime