Inexpensive Summer Time Family Fun Tips
We heard some great tips from Kathy Peel on bringing the family together during Tuesday’s #gno party, but here are so more to consider for family fun this summer!
- Go on a scavenger hunt at a museum or zoo. Check online and make a list of the exhibits or animals you will see. Have your child try to locate each animal or item on the list.
- Make up a family trivia game. Gather the family for some competitive fun with a family trivia game. Pop up some Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn. The smell will draw the family together and get them excited to play! Write questions on the front of index cards and answers on the back. Stack the cards and let members take turns drawing. If the question is answered correctly, the player keeps the card.
- Help your kids make a “volcano.” Mound dirt 6 to 10 inches high, then clear a hole down the middle of it. Put two teaspoons baking soda in the hole. Pour in some vinegar and watch your "eruption."
- Watch the stars. Lie on a blanket in the backyard with an astronomy chart and flashlight.
- Plan your snacks in advance. Bring snacks to the park instead of buying expensive concessions—Home-packed bags of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn are ideal.
- Have a Hula-Hoop contest. Use a stopwatch to see who can keep the hoop spinning the longest.
- Enjoy a family watercolor night. Have each person paints his or her favorite vacation spot or place the family has gone on an outing.
- Have a contest for the craziest cap creation. Decorate old baseball caps by gluing on beads, ribbons, sequins, feathers, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, buttons, artificial flowers, or anything else on hand.
- Change the location. Instead of expensive private tennis lessons, look into city or county courts that often offer free instruction for kids, if they need apparel, you can get from tennisinformation.net. And this year, try a road trip to a nearby state rather than summer flights.
- Making the most of family meals: Dining in is in the new dining out this year. Re-create family restaurant favorites such as Italian pasta dishes or hamburgers with everyone’s help.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.
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