So many children look forward to summer vacation because it’s time away from school. When parents have full-time jobs, the kids can easily get bored because of the excessive amount of free time on their hands. Other than helping with chores and yard upkeep, kids need fun activities to partake in too. These simple ideas below don’t necessarily cost a lot of money. I hope they help you beat summer boredom with your kids, on a budget or not, this summer.
With cooler weather right around the corner, we need to get outdoors and enjoy our backyards with the family! The weather is still beautiful and we might as well soak up the sun while we still can. Plus, with the kids already back in school, a little quality time spent would be a good thing.
We all enjoy eating, right? Consider having your next meal outside. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, create a space for your family to enjoy it outdoors. If you have a barbeque grill, use it for weekday dinners or weekend lunches. Grilled food always taste good!
If you don’t own a grill, consider having a backyard picnic, or picnic in the park. These are a few of my favorite picnic foods: subs, coleslaw, salads, crackers, cheese, fruit, cookies, and pretzels. Pack a cooler full of drinks and a blanket and you’re good to go! If you’re not sure what to take along, try getting some picnic ideas off of pinterest.
Swimming is always at the top of my kid’s fun list. Our grandma has a pool in her backyard and that is always good family fun – barbeque and swimming! If you don’t have a pool, there are other fun activities, get creative! My husband and I go out and throw a football with our kids. We practice baseball too. We take walks while the kids ride their bikes or scooters along with us. Yesterday after our walk, the kids filled up water balloons and we had a water balloon fight. Guess who got wet? Yes, mama did! 🙂
Since fall is quickly approaching, now is probably a good time to pick up a cheap water sprinkler or water guns. If your family likes to play sports check out the volleyball nets and basketball hoops. Besides being fun, they offer great exercise! Do you remember playing kickball? Well, it is still fun! I was surprised to see how engaging kickball still is for the kids. I guess some things never change. 😉
If you are contemplating a summer campout, why not try it out first in the backyard? It will make life so much easier just in case you forget any must have supplies. If anything major comes up you can all go inside! Plus, the kids will simply love the adventure of sleeping outdoors!
There is so much to do in your own backyard. Go spend time with the family and make memories!! You won’t regret it. 🙂