We all know that you don’t have to spend money to have fun but sometimes we need a quick reminder of the fun things we can do for free so here’s the first of my Summer Holiday reminders of what you can do that won’t cost you a penny….
Go on a nature hunt – print out one of the Summer checklists from the Nature Detective website and go for a walk together. There’s all sorts of checklists ranging from bugs to plants or even a simple colours one for younger children and you’ll have a great time finding everything on your lists. Slap on some sun tan lotion, pack a little picnic and a bottle of water and off you go
Visit a local museum – We’ve got quite a few museums near to us and lots of them have Summer Holiday activities going on at the moment. The entry to the museums around here is free and they usually just charge a small amount (50p – £1) for the activities to cover the cost of materials although we made our very own pot of snot recently for no charge at all and we even got to take the gloopy green snot home with us. Whoo Hoo!
Make a boat and see if it floats – Build some boats out of whatever materials we can find around the house and then find somewhere local to sail them – we go to the local park with ours and have lots of fun seeing whose can go the furthest down the river and whose will sink first!
Go to the park – Often we spend lots of money on taking children on expensive days out and we (by we, I mainly mean me) are in danger of forgetting the fun you can have just by going to the local park. As much fun as children can have on a rollercoaster or a water ride, they can have much more with a football and a baseball bat. One of my favourite Summer memories from last year was a spur of the moment family game of rounders at the park – we keep a football, a baseball bat and ball and a frisbee (along with other Summer Bag fun things) in the boot of our car so we’re always ready to go!
Bake Cupcakes and decorate them – This is one of our favourite things to do, mainly because we get all the fun of making the cakes and then we get to eat them afterwards too.