Hello, hello, friends. Happy Summer! Are you losing your mind yet home with your children? Haha. If so, this post is for you! <3
Today I have put together a few of our go-to summer activities for you. And bonus, they’re pretty budget friendly if not just FREE! I hope these help you cure your summertime boredom.
Go to the movies.
Regal is offering $1 movies. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days.
We saw The Lego Batman movie last week and this week we totally plan to catch a showing of Teen Titans Go! To the movies. We’ve seen these movies already, but do the kids care?! Heck, no! We stop by our local Dollar Tree beforehand to stock up on candy, we carry in our own water bottles (and no one has ever asked us to take it out, or said we couldn’t have them).
If you don’t have a Regal near you, try your local theater. LOTS of other theaters offer $1 movies. Sometimes they even have kiddie boxes for like $5 that include popcorn, candy (or gummies or something. The kids once had Oreos in one of their boxes) and a drink. So if you’re feeling guilty about sneaking in candy, you could always go this route.
Seriously, park hop. Take a day, pack some snacks and lunches and spend the day hopping from park to park. If you live in an area where park hopping isn’t possible (only one park in my tiny town, Amber), picnic it. You don’t have to move from the first (and only) park. Pack food, drinks, chargers. I highly recommend investing in a portable solar charger. I have one in my Amazon store that is GOOD if you’re looking for one.
(Amber’s Amazon finds linked here). Invol
I pack a book for myself, snacks, and any other form of entertainment that we’re feeling for the day. The kids carry water bottles with them and their own backpacks full of whatever odd & end things they want to play with while there. (also linked on our
One of my favorite things to do, and easiest things to be a quick “mom win” kind of thing … let them buy stuff!! Kiddos love to spend money and purchase things and pick out for themselves all the fun goodies. Let them. I take mine to ourlocal Dollar Tree (Take them to Target’s Dollar Spot, or Dollar General, or anywhere really and give them $1, $2, $3 or so. I’ve given them anywhere from ONE dollar to FOUR dollars. Even if my 3 kids spend $4 each, I’ve spent a whoppin $12 for days of entertainment that they themselves chose. So fun! So easy.
Seriously, get outside. Hiking, baseball, and splash pads are on our outside day lists as well. We love a good game of baseball or basketball.
summer treat deals
Find local summer treat deals. For example, Wendy’s is celebrating with $0.50 frosty’s currently. I spent less than $2 treating my three kids to ice cream the other day. You can’t beat that!
Let me know what you come across so I can add them here 🙂
Whether it’s a tub of water with cups in your backyard or a local pool, find them water.
I picked up an $8 sprinkler from Walmart not long ago. We also have access to a base (We go to USAFA) and usually they open pools up for swimming summer hours.
For those that can not access an on base pool, check out local swimming holes, rivers, creeks, lakes, local YMCAs, a friends house, etc etc.
But seriously, even if it’s a tub of water and cups in your own backyard, they’ll entertain themselves.
Get a library card. Seriously, libraries are still around if you didn’t know. I half jokingly say that because I just watched a movie where the character did not realize that libraries are still around. Haha.
But, we walk to our library probably weekly and while there the kids will get at least 3 books and sometimes a movie and/or a video game too.
be a tourist
Check out your town’s neat spots, check out your state’s neat spots. This summer we plan to not only check out more hiking trails and spots but also plan to take day trips up to Aspen and Monarch Mountain. We plan to travel to New Mexico (day trip distance) to hike a volcano. Be a tourist, check out the local fun places.
Overall, you only get like 18 summers with your babies, make them count. Not everyday has to be an adventure. Somedayswe sit home reading and playing board games and video games and that is OK too.
Happy summer, friends.