Warm Weather Inexpensive Activities
Summer is approaching quickly in the south, if we even had winter at all. My kids have only eight weeks left to go with school – they get out May 21 (yes, a full week before Memorial Day!) – so I’m starting the search of “things to do for the summer.”
Museums generally offer memberships, if you are lucky enough to live near one. Local community pools are another big hit in some areas, because swimming always wears kids out, and what’s better than a pool on a hot summer day?
Working from home allows me quite a few perks; and probably the largest perk is the ability to design a work schedule that fits with various school breaks.
Of course, I can’t take the entire ten weeks off, which means I have to find inexpensive things for us to do that won’t break the bank during the hottest and most humid days of the year. I’m constantly seeking ways to keep the girls entertained.
Here are a few of my top picks. Please comment and let me know yours, so I can increase my list!
Library. This is always a favorite; we go every week to check out books and play the computer and read together. In the summer we go more than once or twice a week: for story time, arts and crafts, movies, and other activities.
Memberships. I purchase memberships to a few fun places, figuring the money I spend is worth the amount of entertainment we’ll get. The zoo is a big one for us. It’s a bit of a drive, but an entire day of fun. I take a lunch, so we don’t have to pay the exuberant food costs, but we buy an ice cream or lemonade while there. My relatives and friends living in LA and Orlando have passes to Disney. They go weekly and figure the cost more than pays for itself throughout the year. Museums generally offer memberships, if you are lucky enough to live near one. Local community pools are another big hit in some areas, because swimming always wears kids out, and what’s better than a pool on a hot summer day?