Summer Activities For The Kids That Won't Break The Bank

by Marcy on July 12, 2008 · 0 comments

Note: the following post is a guest post courtsy of Kyle, at Rather be Shopping. Thanks Kyle!

I live in northern California which is currently on fire! Thank you to all the firefighters that are doing a great job given some horrible working conditions. The smoke during the day has been so bad that we strongly limit how much time our kids spend outdoors. This has forced my wife and I to find some common, and not-so-common, ways to keep the kids active indoors. I wanted to share a few of the ones that have really been hits in our home in case you live somewhere that is either very smoky right now, or horribly hot and humid. Hope these provide a little inspiration.

~ Local Library – Yesterday my wife took ours kids to the local library for a free story and craft project. They had a blast! They read a story about bee’s and then they each made their very own wax candle that they were very proud of. Tonight I plan on lighting the candles at the dinner table. Check out your local library for similar free, air conditioned, programs!

~ Make Your Own Playdough – During the past couple weeks, the kids and I have become quite good at making our own playdough. It is something fun that we can do together at the kitchen table. Then they have a great time playing with it once it is done! A win-win situation as far as I am concerned.

~ Good Ol’ Hide and Seek – An old favorite at our house! Closets have become dungeons and beds have become spy hangouts as we romp through the house playing hide and seek. Now I just have to teach my 3 year daughter that she can’t laugh and squeal when she is hiding, it is a dead give away!

Please add your family’s frugal and fun indoor activities to my list. Looking forward to your comments.

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