As a single parent summer activities can be a bit tricky for our family. Big vacations are not an option for us at this time, however, I have to find a way to keep my little one active during the summer break. I can tell you this, I do not want him sitting in the house all day playing video games or on his iPad. I want him to be outside, playing in the sun and enjoying himself. That’s what summer is for, right? Here are some fun tips on How to Keep your Kids Active over the Summer on a Budget.
One thing I have to do for my family is stay within my budget. Exceeding my budget is just not an option. I’m the only source of income for my son and me, so penny-pinching is my middle name. Being on a tight budget can make summer activities a bit on the tricky side. I needed to come up with a list of How to Keep your kids active over the Summer on a budget. It’s not as hard as one may think. Just keep it simple.
How to Keep your Kids Active over the Summer on a Budget
Take a trip to the Beach
Heading to the beach is always a great way to get out of the house. It’s a way to keep your little ones active and to spend some much-needed quality time together. The kids can run around, play in the sand, and go swimming. You can lay and relax, take in some sun and even catch up on some reading while you watch your little build a sand castle. I know some beaches cost to get on but a lot ar free and free is perfect for this mama’s budget. For me, the only thing I have to pay for is parking which is totally within my budget. To make a beach trip even more budget friendly you can pack a cooler. There is no reason to have to spend money on boardwalk food or fast food. Keep it fun and healthy. Pack some sandwiches, fruits, snacks, water and some juice. This gives them choices and keeps you on your budget.
Go for a Bike Ride
Bike riding is a great way to get some fresh air and be active. Kids don’t need to know this, but bike riding is a great form of exercise. It uses all kinds of muscles in your body and that’s what our little ones need over the summer. You can ride your bike around your neighborhood or to a park where your little one can be even more active and play. Plus, if you ride with them, it helps keep you active. Can’t get better than that. If you plan to take a long bike ride, which is what I like to do, you can pack some snack and drinks. Jaiden loves Fruit Shoot. I love them because I don’t have to carry them as he plays. I don’t like pouch drinks. They make activities, like bike riding very difficult, sometimes when you put the straw in juice goes everywhere. And of course, if it’s a little, little one, they squeeze too hard and again, the juice goes everywhere! No good! With an activity such a bike riding, Jaiden can grab a Fruit Shoot on the go. I don’t have to worry about me being the juice babysitter as Fruit Shoot has a resealable cap!
Have a Water Fight
Summer is hot and one thing my son loves is playing in the water. I mean, can you blame him? It was one thing I loved as a child. Having a water fight is a great way to get your little ones outside. They get to run around, chase each other and get wet. It keeps them active and outside, where they belong. It is always a great way to create some fun memories. Those times your little one will remember. The best part about just having a plain old water fight, it’s not going to cost you much. Your water bill may go up a few bucks, but the kids can use pots, buckets, empty bottles, whatever the can get their hands on that won’t be too heavy and can hold water. It’s just down right run!
While these are just a few ways to keep your kids active over the summer break, there are so many other ways to keep your kids active over the summer on a budget. Don’t forget to check what you have going on locally. Most areas have a ton of activities that you can find for cheap or even free. One of the biggest ways I can save money on activities is by packing our lunch. Often, when you go out you end up purchasing food rather than packing. By bringing a cooler with you on any activity you can save a ton of money.
Even if you are at home, you can still pack a lunch for the little ones. Let them help pack their own cooler with sandwiches, fruit shoots, and snacks. They can sit outside and play and have themselves a little picnic. With Fruit Shoot, they can easily put their drinks back in the cooler and go back to playing thanks to the resealable cap.