Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Free Summer Activities to do with the Kids


With Memorial Day just around the corner, I've got summer on my mind.  Here in Colorado, we try to make the most of our summer because the best summer weather usually happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Here's what's on our bucket list for this summer...all kid-friendly ideas.

Cruise the Farmer's Market.  Farmer's markets not only have great produce, but also prepared foods and sometimes entertainment.  Our farmer's market is frequented by lots of other families, so we often see lots of other kids and we also see alot of pets -- lots of people bring their dogs.  Great fun for kids!

Attend a cultural event.  I like to seek out different cultures for the food, but you can use these events as learning experiences to introduce your kids to the world without leaving your town.

Watch a parade.  Cultural events sometimes have parades.  Fourth of July is a great holiday to find a local parade.

Grow something.  You can plant a garden or do something simple: herbs or a few flowers in a pot.  Kids love watching things grow from a seed into a plant.

Pack a basket and go on a picnic.  If your kids are old enough, have them help choose what goes in the basket.  Pack a few fun activities (a frisbee or boomerang, etc.) and go enjoy a beautiful park in your town or city.

Spend a day at the zoo.  Check your local zoo's website and find a free day or a day with special activities.  We like to pack a lunch (to save money and to make sure we have healthy choices to eat) and save our money for a souvenir (or two).

Visit the botanic gardens.  Go on a free day -- most museums, zoos, and similar institutions usually feature a free entrance day at least once a month.

Tour a farm.  I'm really excited about doing this.  In Colorado we have many farms near us so I'm hoping to find one that allows tours so that I can introduce my son to where his food comes from.

Try an easy hike.  Once our son turned three (last summer) we asked him to hike on his own.  Prior to that we had always carried him in a backpack or put him in a jogger stroller. There were times where my husband would carry him (on the shoulders) but for the most part, he is a pretty good walker!  We keep our hikes to an hour or less.

Go camping.  Although we have an infant, we're going to try and go to a family friendly campground this summer.  Here's one I'm looking at, there may be a similar type of campground in your neck of the woods: Jellystone Park/Campground.

What are your family-friendly ideas for the summer?  Any tips on how to juggle a 4 year old and an infant when going on summer outings?

12 comments:

  1. I love all the ideas. I would like to go hiking with my daughter, but she is still too little. Next year :)

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    1. Hiking with kids is so much fun! And when they can walk on their own, it's fun to send them on little scavenger hunts during the hike. We collect leaves, bugs, whatever suits us that day.

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  2. All great ideas :)
    You know when I used to baby sit years ago I had passes to the Children's Museum and a local park. We went a lot of because kids don't seem to mind repetitiveness at all. Not free, but very $$ effective :)

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    1. Annual passes are definitely the way to go when you're taking the kids out regularly! We have passes to our local zoo and science museum.

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  3. I love your ideas, Marnie! I know we are looking forward to our local Farmer's Market starting up again. It's such a great way to teach my son about locally grown foods and get him to try new things! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. I agree - seeing the fruits and veggies BEFORE they end up in our food is always a great experience for kids.

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  4. These are some fun ideas ... thanks for sharing! ~Sarah (visiting from Radical Femininity)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy some of these great ideas.

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  5. Really great ideas! We love camping and going to the farmer's market. Good times.
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

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    1. My fingers are crossed for some fun camping this summer... Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

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  6. Some cities have summer "free days" at museums, etc. We totally avail ourselves of those!

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    1. Good point! Our museums have free days, too, and those are definitely a great way to save money!

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