Thursday, June 7, 2012
Free Things to Do With Kids
Sign up for summer library programs. Most libraries offer summer reading programs for kids. We frequent 2 libraries and each of them offer a reading program. The kids get a stamp, sticker or prize for so many minutes of reading.
Visit parks. There are SO many parks and the kids love finding new ones.
Picnics either outside in our own yard or drive to a park.
Instead of going out to a movie, stay home and rent your own. You can rent a movie, buy some popcorn and maybe even a special drink all for less than the cost of 1 movie ticket.
Play in the water. Set up a sprinkler, wash the cars, have a squirt gun fight. Fill buckets of water and give the kids paintbrushes to paint the sidewalk.
Go on a nature walk.
Attend free outdoor concert or movies. Most cities have websites that you can see what is available. Here are a few if you are local. City of Ankeny. Des Moines area.
Go to the beach.
Make forts. We do them inside all the time when it rains but how about outside? Set up a tent for the day.
Do some baking. Have your child pick the recipe and help with the baking. We have a cookie book that the kids like to pick from.
Go for a bike ride.
Attend Farmer's Markets.
Teach and play board games.
What free activities do you do with your kids to keep them busy?