Today is the last day of school for 4 & 6 year old. We are fortunate enough to live in a town that offers a really inexpensive summer day camp– $90 per kid for 3 hours per day, for 7 weeks. It’s a great program that utilizes high school and college students. They play games, do art projects, and generally have fun. Without this program, I’d probably hear the “I’m bored!” cries much more than I do.
Our public library also offers amazing children’s programming. We participate in the summer reading program every year and the kids love it. This year, however, our son has become a bit more reluctant to read so we’ve added a financial incentive for him to read more. Starting tomorrow, each kid can earn $.01 per minute spent reading. $1 for 100 minutes. We are hoping to visit Disney in the fall when we visit family, so this will be not only great incentive, but limit their travel spending to what they earn between now and Labor Day weekend.
Some other cost effective ways we found to have fun this year: we asked the kids grandparents for a membership to the local children’s museum– this also gives us discounts to museums across the country.
Because that proved to be such a great value, we joined the local botanical garden for the year- which, again, gives free admission or discounts to other museums nationwide. In effect, we have a number of outings already “paid” for via these memberships! We pack up picnics and head out for the day! Great family fun at very little cost.
We are also a tent-camping family. We haven’t scheduled a trip yet; it may be last minute, but the kids are already planning to hike, fish, and be thing-finders.
What are the ways you and your family experience summer for little to no cost?