Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more. This is a guide to saving money on summer fun.
School is almost out! A great surprise gift idea for elementary-aged children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews is a 'Summer of Fun' surprise package. Try to think of all the things you loved as a child. Your grandchild, child or niece/nephew will probably have a little of you in them. I did this last summer and my granddaughter was absolutely delighted!
By Gooby from Straughn, IN
Really nice idea. Little gifts like the ones you've listed say "Somebody loves you" much louder than words.
Another fun item to include would be supplies for finger painting. Someone told me a long time ago that adding tempera paint to liquid starch would make finger paint. Anyone have another "recipe?" I'm thinking butcher paper is similar to the paper we used when I was a kid. Clay would also be fun.
Great idea, and it would also work for a Spring birthday. You could probably add sidewalk chalk to that list for playing hopscotch (remember that one?) And do they still sell hula hoops? Ah, the nostalgia...
thanks so much for posting this. My 4 1/2 yr old twin grands are coming for a visit for a week next month and this idea will make Grammy look great!
This weekend, we attended Celebrate Hillsboro, an annual summer event provided by the businesses and city of Hillsboro, Oregon. There was live music, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, biking and futsal events, food and craft vendors, as well as an extended Farmers Market. At noon, there an attempt to break the Guinness world record for most people yo-yoing at the same time (I think we did it!). Best of all, it was entirely free (except for the snowcones and snacks the kids "needed").
There are tons of free or cheap events throughout the summer month for all ages. We have an art walk on the first Tuesday of every month, weekly farmer's markets in different locations around the city, free kids programs at the local parks, outdoor movies on Thursday nights, and on and on. Later this summer, we are looking forward to going to the Washington County Fair. It is shaping up to be a fun and frugal summer!
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
I don't get out much, but I was able to attend a performance of "Annie Get your Gun" earlier this summer. They "passed the hat" and concessions were offered, but there was no admission fee. Free or nearly so is great!
Summer time is coming and gas prices are sky high. Here is advice from the ThriftyFun community to keep boredom at bay without spending much money. Do you have any tips for saving money on summer fun?
If you make gatorade pops for the summer and spring, it will be really good for when the kids come in from a day of activity. Ice cubes are nice too for cups of gatorade so that it won't be diluted down.
A great suggestion! Often adults can forget how thirsty children can get just from playing outdoors. I sometimes make a large thermos of Gatorade (in a gallon size insulated drink container) for trips that involve hiking and birding. We keep this in the car to thoroughly rehydrate after being out for a while. The night before, I make the Gatorade from powdered mix and freeze about half of it in sandwich size zipper bags. The next morning, just before leaving on the trip, I open the bags and drop the large hunks of frozen Gatorade into the thermos, which has also been chilling overnight in the fridge. The big pieces of Gatorade ice last a long time!
At the end of every school year, I have the kids make a "Summer Fun List." I make one too. At the end of the summer, we see what we accomplished.
Living on a tight budget is hard. We try to make it easier by finding cheap or free things to do with our boys. They are age 5 and 3. I have found all kinds of free museums and parks to explore.
We are very lucky, we live near the beach. The sad part is that almost NONE of our gorgeous beaches in New Jersey are free. So in order to get in some wonderful beach time, we have learned the tricks and tips that will get us the most " bang for our buck".
I know in Virginia, we have an awesome program called Hands On Greater Richmond. It is a volunteer database full of opportunities for kids and adults to give their time, learn something new, meet new people and to earn volunteer credit hours towards their graduation goals!