need ideas for summer activities

Karen - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have 5 children, who will need to be kept active with out spending alot of money.. any ideas will help

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Sarah - posted on 05/18/2010

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go to kidsbowlfree.com your kids can bowl 2 times a day all summer long for FREE!! you just pay for shoe rentals this program runs in all 50 states too!

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Sandra - posted on 08/06/2012

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How about a gardening project (even if you have little space, this can work) - get some old tyres from a garage and paint them in bright colors, fill them with soil and plant anything you like in them! Saves money on food too... ;-)

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Sometimes zoos hold open house days that are free to the comunity. I think ours does on in July or August all you pay is $5 for parking.

On the pool subject, the public pools in the area often hold dollar swims in the summer. So that would be $6 for all of you. The swim time is often shorter than a regular swim and during an odd time of day. Our local pool did it at 1pm between lessons and it was only an hour.

Marcia - posted on 05/03/2011

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Thank you Sarah Frane for that did not no of any free bowling all summer and I am a mother of 6 always looking for free or close to free things to do. There are free projects every 1st saturday of the month at Homedepot, where the kids gets to do there own building for ages up to 12

Bethanie - posted on 05/27/2010

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We have a local art studio that has cheap art classes for 1-6 years old. Only $5 each time we go and he can paint and make a mess (that I don't have to clean up!) for two hours straight. Also, check into science camps, summer day camps, swim lessons, etc. We have a several community pools that offer seasonal passes for larger families or pretty low costs to pay for each visit (ex: my son is free and it only cost me $3.75) I'll be signing my son up for swim lessons (I only have one kid, so this might be spendy for 5, but some offer discounts for signing up more kids), a tiny tots gym class and the art class I mentioned. We really enjoy going to our local farmer's market and just walking around. Sometimes they have a petting zoo there, too. Check into a local calendar of events for your area and you might be surprised at the amount of free or low cost activities there are for kids and adults. Maybe even some summer sports you could sign them up for?

Julie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I don't know what you have in your area, but maybe a local bike trail. We have one and go for walks or ride bikes. The kids love it! I'm sure you already do this, but community parks and playgrounds. My son doesn't usually ask to go outside, but if I take him to a playground, he will run and play for 2 hours straight! How about a pool in the yard. You can get one for about $100 and that will give them something to do; also a sprinkler and water slide. Play with kids outside. When you are involved, they love it, are more likely to play. Play soccer or catch or tag. On a rainy day, visit your library. That's not really active, but it is something fun to do. Our children's department is one of our favorite places to visit.

Jurnee - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have 4 kids, and we always looked for free summer activities. Many zoos and museums offer free days, also many theaters show a free or $1 movie( I always brought my own treats). Check out your local lobrary, they usuallly have summer programs. When the kids were younger we also did lots of arts and crafts, indoor and outdoors. Dont know hte ages of your children, but mine always enjoy fishing or crabbing, even just going to the docks to look at the boats.

Cheri - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have 6 kids, when they were smaller we made stepping stones. A bag of cement, water and whatever to decorate. We made foot prints, used pretty rocks, shells and marbles, I poured the cement into, plastic pot liners, or made molds in a pile of sand, cheep useful and fun.

Carolyn - posted on 05/13/2010

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At our library they run a fantastic summer program. I think it costs $5 for the summer (for craft materials) and then you sign up for different activites for different age groups. It's always cool inside and then we have new books every week to keep him interested. Saved me last summer.

Rebecca - posted on 05/12/2010

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Yes the splash pad is the water out of the ground and what not. I like them better then pools becuase 1.you aren't swimming in child's pee and 2. it just seems safer to me. My kids wont be able to drown lol. the pudding paint i actually got from jon and kate plus 8 lol

Karen - posted on 05/12/2010

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thanks Rebecca, sounds like you have alot of fun. Is the splash pad a public park or something? cause we do have those where the water shoots up from the ground. I totally forgot about those thanks. Pudding painting sounds like we should be eating instead.. Yummy..

Rebecca - posted on 05/12/2010

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Is there a local science center for kids? In my area there is a place called Science East and kids can go and learn a bunch of things and spend pretty much the whole day there. Is there a splash pad close by or a kiddie pool? We spend MANY hot days at our splash pad up the street and my son LOVES it. Do a picnic in your yard. Pudding painting.

Have a happy summer:)

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