5 Inexpensive Ways to Cure Your Kids’ Summer Boredom
I can’t help but think of the lyrics to the popular 1970s rock classic “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper when I start to envision my kids’ upcoming summer vacation. The lyrics bring to mind the idea of bells ringing and papers flying through the air that the time is finally here for summer fun!
This idea of summer fun, however, is quickly replaced by the fear of the unknown and hearing those two dreaded words: “I’m bored.” Those few months are wonderful, and I LOVE them. But, my kids have been known to get the summertime blues. And, by blues, I mean the seriously bored blues.
So, today, I thought I would share my top five favorite ways to cure summer boredom and make your stay-at-home summer vacation one the kids will remember for years and years to come.
1. State Parks & Local Parks
Our family is lucky to live in an area of the country where we have mountains and beaches within an hour drive. We love taking advantage of day trips to experience these amazing displays of nature.
Though, on days we can’t (or don’t want to) venture far from home, we love exploring local parks. Many parks offer free admission or a small fee for parking. So, pack a picnic, and you’ll easily spend countless hours exploring nature trails, fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, and more!
We recently rented kayaks at a local park near our house. For less than $10, we spent two hours taking in the beautiful lake and its surroundings. This gave us the opportunity to talk to our kids about how important it is to take care of the world we live in and the animals that live here too.
2. Local Libraries
The gap between school ending and a new year starting in the fall is pretty big—especially as it relates to education and your child’s developmental progress! That said, here’s a fun fact: educators recommend 20 minutes of nightly reading for the average elementary-aged student.
For that reason, many libraries all over the country have created fun, energetic, and incentivized summer reading programs. These programs encourage kids and their parents to visit the library during the summer break to continue a healthy reading process.
Let’s face it. All too soon (and for some of you, I’m sure this has already happened!), our kids will know more about technology, phones, tablets, and computers than we do. While I still have the opportunity, I want my kids to know and cherish the importance of a good book. Something they can hold in their hands and turn the crisp pages as they take in each and every word.
Last summer, our local library even hosted fantastic programs including a reptile show, children’s theater performance, robotics exhibits, and more! Therefore, your public library is a great place to not only cure the boredom (and retreat to on gloomy days!), but also fill your kids with knowledge to last a lifetime.
3. Photo Scavenger Hunt
How about we think outside the box for a second? It’s the middle of summer, and you just can’t take another crowded day at the neighborhood or local pool. What about surprising your kids with a scavenger hunt around town or your own neighborhood?
Create a list of items they must take a picture of, and let them check things off as they complete each task. A simple list of summer-themed ideas for a photo scavenger hunt include pictures of a fire hydrant, flip flops, pool noodle, something frozen, and more.
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Tripbound Tip: This photo scavenger hunt also doubles as a great way to give your kids some experience in taking photos. Who knows, maybe the next time you want a picture with your significant other on vacation they won’t chop your head off in the snapshot.
4. Bike Riding
Want to plan ahead for when you have one of those long summer days? You know the one. When the kids are over every activity you’ve offered? Here’s an idea the whole family will love: a bike ride! Who doesn’t love a good bike ride?
Not only is it fast, fun, and exciting, but it’s also a great way to relieve stress and squeeze in some exercise. Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?! Big kids and little kids will love a summer adventure down a bike path on a hopefully coolish summer evening. You can also keep the kids engaged by playing a game of nature eye-spy.
Tripbound Tip: If your kids are tiny, I highly recommend a balance bike. It’s a perfect way for toddlers to learn the skills of riding a big kid bike (no training wheels needed), and be able to keep up with their older siblings and parents.
5. Spontaneous Backyard Games
Did someone say water balloons? One of my favorite memories from last summer is when I was standing at the cash register at Target, and, on a whim, decided to throw in a couple of bags of water balloons.
It was a hot, hot day in July, and we were over the crowds at our neighborhood pool. So, while the kids were out back, my husband and I filled buckets upon buckets of water balloons. And, when they weren’t looking, we starting throwing balloons from the back deck. They giggled with excitement, and the war was on!
This simple, inexpensive activity quickly cured their boredom, and, for a moment, they thought they had the coolest parents in the world. Talk about a #parentingwin! Now, go out and grab a bag of water balloons. I promise your kids will LOVE it.
If I’m being completely honest with you, as parents, we all love to travel and wish we could do just that during all ten weeks of our kids’ summer vacation. The reality is, who can seriously afford that? Not this frugal mama!
Thus, finding new and creative ways to keep my kids entertained (and myself sane) during the summer is essential for summer survival. Don’t be afraid to get your hair wet, throw a water balloon, and have some fun. Your kids will think you’re awesome.
And, while Pinterest is full of ideas and suggestions for fun summer activities, remember, if all else fails, your BFFs at Tripbound are here to help you cure their boredom with an amazing summer getaway at a fantastic price. Give us a call today at 1-888-816-5214—your perfect vacation match awaits!
Have a favorite tip or activity to cure your kids’ summer boredom that we missed sharing today? Drop it in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!