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Inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this summer

Posted on: May 29, 2018

The school year is just wrapping up and it seems the complaining, fighting and TV watching has already begun.


We all know the key to a successful summer break is proper entertainment, and parents have to stick together. Battling seasonal boredom shouldn’t cost a fortune, so we’ve put together a list of free (or almost free!) ideas to entertain the whole family this summer.


Backyard Camping– Even if you don’t spend the entire night outside, constructing a tent and sitting under the stars is a great way to entertain your children without spending a dime. If you live somewhere that bonfires are allowed, light those logs or you can opt out of the campfire and still enjoy campfire treats by cooking hot dogs and smores inside. Serve on paper plates with plastic utensils for the full effect. Feeling brave? Skip the backyard and find a free or low-cost campground to spend the weekend. Find one without cell reception or WIFI and let your kids really get the idea of “roughing it”.

Hit up the Farmers’ Market- Your local market is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Treat your family to locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh artisan foods, homemade gifts, décor and other arts and crafts. It’s also a fantastic way to get your kids interested in healthy food as they are more likely to try something new if they helped pick it out.

Get Creative with Art Projects- The sky is the limit when it comes to entertaining art projects. Pinterest is full of ideas that will entertain kids (and adults) of all ages. Recycle a terra cotta flower pot by painting it. Then, go pick out flowers to go in them and get to planting!

Have a Photo Scavenger Hunt- Make a list of items that you can find outside like “something blue” or “four different animals”. Whoever captures a picture of the most items on the list wins.

toddler playing in sprinkler

Water is Your Best Friend- It’s Texas and it’s summer, so no doubt it will be hot. Keep everyone cooled off by playing with water. Whether running through a sprinkler, having a water balloon fight, playing with water guns, or hanging out poolside, water is one way to beat the heat while keeping everyone entertained. Plus, it’s a super easy cleanup!

Watch a Movie Outside- Whether in your own backyard or at the local park, grabbing a sleeping bag or camp chair and watching a movie on a projector is a great way to entertain the whole family for a couple of evening hours. Many parks offer “Movies in the Park” during the summer or host your own for the neighborhood!

Make a Boredom Jar- Even with all these ideas, it’s still inevitable that at some point your kids will mutter the dreaded “I’m booooored”. For those moments, be prepared with a Boredom Jar. Have pieces of paper or popsicle sticks with an activity written on it. Have your child draw one anytime a declaration of boredom is made. Need some ideas? We love this list of activities!