If you want to avoid boredom or keep the kids off the electronics 24/7 this Spring break (see above) or over the Summer months, check out some of these fun and frugal ideas to keep the kids entertained. While we do allow an hour a day on electronics during Spring Break and Summer, we are sure not to let them over do it!
Grab an annual zoo pass. Most zoos allow you to purchase an annual family pass at a great low rate. Many of these passes include FREE admission to zoo’s throughout the country or reduced rates to other zoo locations. If you have a family of 4+ the zoo passes are definitely going to save you in the long run. Our family pass was $89.95 for a full year. Individual admission is $14.95 per adult, $10.95 per child. For the six of us, we would have paid right around $74. For a year we paid only $16 more and we can come and go all year and visit zoos throughout the country! Zoos are so much fun for families and very educational as well!
Get wet! My kids spend hours playing in the water during the summer months. I turn on the hose and they have a blast. Sometimes we will fill up a baby pool, sometimes we will fill up water balloons, and every once in awhile I will let them play with finger paints outside, followed by water play to clean it all up!
Let kids be kids! Let them get dirty. Preferably do this BEFORE the outside water time. Kids love to explore. I used to despise when the kids got dirty. I’d constantly be wiping them down when they were outside. Then I had child #3 and all of that went out the window. Now, with 4 kids, I am much more accepting of all the dirt & grime that kids get into 🙂
Plan a library day. Once a week, head to the library to check out books for the week. Ask your librarian or check online for kids events at the library. The library is no longer just books. Our library has story time, hand puppet shows, music time, arts & crafts, and so much more. They offer event for all ages.
Go fishing! This can be a little bit of work if you have younger kids & toddlers. But if you’re up for it, grab your poles and head to a local river or lake. Bring an infrared monocular for bird watching for if you hear a cool bird call or your younger kids start to get bored. This is something I do when my husband has the day off too. I don’t like to have so many kiddos by water by myself!