The school year is over already? For the children it is all about fun and excitement and moving on to the next grade. Yet for working moms, it is about what to do with the kiddos for the next few months. Most employers do not offer a summer vacation and even if they did, most working moms could not afford to take that vacation anyhow. Just the same many can not afford a summer camp or to send the kids off for their own vacations. Some day cares become a little more expensive in the summer and some do not offer activities that will keep their minds growing during this downtime from school. If you just wanted a babysitter to sit with them and make sure they do not get into any trouble, you could hire the neighborhood teenager to come over everyday or just send them to grandmas. How about a few activities that are low cost or even free?
Try visiting your local library. Not only will your children be able to keep those learning juices flowing and tap into their creative side but you will save hundreds. It’s usually free to get a library card and you can get one for each person in the entire family. The younger kids will enjoy having the responsibility of having their own. Just as well, during the summer many libraries offer more story times, where the younger children will enjoy being read to and reading competitions for the older kids, where if they read a certain amount of books or hours, they will win free books.
The library is not only good for enjoying a good book but your children could sign up for some volunteer hours. Restocking books, cleaning, filing, the opportunities are endless. For younger children it would be a great experience and the older children could get some volunteer hours logged and go towards community service for high school or college. The library is not the only place to volunteer. Research local charities and organizations such as the YMCA, food bank, homeless shelter, nursing homes, retirement communities, and animal shelters. The children would have a great time as well as learn a sense of selflessness and morals.
When the kids are at home in the evenings, weekends, or your days off, have them engage in helping you in the garden. The smaller kids could plant and water the flowers, while the older children could pull weeds, rake, or mow the lawn. Not only would it be less stress on you but it is also fun. As well imagine what treasures you could find in your own garden. Have your children look up what types of rocks or leaves they discover while in the yard. Teach them about which flowers, fruits, and vegetables are in season and take them to the local farmers market to help pick them out.
Many local movie theaters host summer fun activities for children as well. The tickets are discounted and they can usually see multiple movies in one sitting. Many theaters offer specials for the entire summer if purchased in advance. Just as well bowling alleys offer the same sort of promotions for the summer. Group bowling activities are fun for all ages.
Whatever activities you choose to partake in for the summer, you do not have to break the bank. Call the organizations ahead and ask for their summer promotions. Many are not advertised but they have particular schedules that will usually fit your summer lifestyle.