Affordable Summer Fun

It is often too easy to spend lots of money during the summer, when the kids are out of school and you're looking for fun activities to do as a family. Amusement parks, laser tag, Chuck E. Cheese - these outings can really start to add up. So here to help you have fun without breaking the bank are some activity ideas from the parents of Parent Soup. They are all inexpensive, and best of all, they have all been tried and proven by other families!

"Go to the library. It's air-conditioned, free, and there is something for everyone."

"Try for a theme when checking books out from the library. Then come home and have lunch around the theme, followed by activities. Maybe a pirates theme with books on some of the folklore, then 'walk the plank' fish sticks for lunch and a treasure hunt to find gold coins."

"I can't seem to do much of anything without spending money but I can keep costs down on day trips by packing food, drinks, and snacks. It's bad enough to pay high prices to amusement and water parks, then they offer poor food choices for outrageous prices. Spend the extra time to pack a cooler and you'll save lots of money."

"We have a neighborhood pool. That generally keeps us occupied for at least part of every day."

"We have bike parades during the summer. I provide crepe paper and tape, the kids provide imagination and then we have a parade."

"Try making a bored jar -- prepare slips of paper with ideas on them. They should be a mixture of fun activities and chores. Things like: Read for twenty minutes, have a water balloon fight with some friends, run through the sprinkler, read to a younger child, plan a menu for or with mom, etc. If they choose from the Bored Jar, they must do what they choose!"


"Get a big appliance box and let the kids decorate it and play in it!"

"Go bowling, it is cheap and fun for all ages. We do candlepin because it is easier for our youngest to bowl with the smaller bowling balls. The older kids love the chance to compete with each other (and themselves by trying to get a better score than the last game) and the younger ones love the chance to do something that involves throwing and knocking things down. It is lots of fun for parents too!"

"Explore your hometown by becoming a 'tourist' and delving into your town's history and historic monuments."

"If you plan to spend your summer in your own backyard, try setting up sprinklers, wading pools, a long strip of plastic and a hose, plus a container of water balloons. Use your imagination and create your own water park!"

from the Parents of Parent Soup
Excerpt from the Copley News Service

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