It’s summer! The kids are out of school, which means that they have lots of free time. Many parents are already trying to find things to do this summer that are both cost effective and fun. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make great family memories this summer. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a variety of activities with your children while building new and lasting memories. Here are some exciting ideas to cure your children’s summer boredom.
Practice an Act of Kindness
If you don’t have any set plans for the day, have your children think of a few acts of kindness that they would be interested in. If they aren’t sure, make some suggestions to them and let them choose. By allowing them to decide, they will be more excited about carrying out the good deed. You could buy food for someone behind you at the drive-thru, give flowers to someone at a nursing home, put quarters in the parking meters of random cars, etc. These are some great opportunities to get some one-on-one time with your children while teaching them the importance of generosity.
Drive-In Movie Night
Convert the backseat of your car into a comfy drive-in movie night. You can watch a movie on the screens built into your car, or you can set up a laptop in the car instead. Don’t forget to pack your pillows, blankets and snacks with you to keep cozy. You can avoid the rush of going to the movie theatre and create the experience right in your own home. Your children will love the impromptu family movie night!
Have a Tech-Free Day
This one may be tough, but putting a spin on the tech-free day will get your children to love it a little more. Plan a day when your children will not use their cell phones, laptops or watch television for the whole day. You can make an itinerary in advance to keep your children entertained and excited to spend the day with you. For example, plan a scavenger hunt at the mall and reward them with a prize. Or visit the town pool and play marco polo!
Learning through Cooking
Pick a day each week to create new recipes with your children. You can teach your children about an old family recipe or created themed meals based on your kids’ interests. Cooking is great because you can get your children involved in each step of the process. They can learn how to follow directions, measure the amounts of ingredients and practice future life skills. Together, you and your children can make delicious meals and great memories.
Parents, remember the things that brought you joy during your childhood? The summer is a great time to create fun memories for your own children too. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive new gadget in order for your kids to have a great time. Instead, your family can bond over simple and enjoyable summer activities.