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Ideas for summer at home fun. Tight budget.

Hi all. We are on a extremly tight budget this year and are a one car family. The hubs of course, uses the car daily for work. My kids are already complaining about how boring the summer will be. Any ideas on how to have free/ almost free at home fun this summer? My girls are 9 and 10.

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MamaSunshyne

Asked by MamaSunshyne at 4:59 AM on Jun. 6, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • play hopscotch with the kiddos
    board games
    bake with the kids
    card games
    plant a garden if you have the space
    try making homemade kites
    arts and crafts
    gwen20

    Answer by gwen20 at 5:02 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • The kids are picking up your thoughts and attitude. Hiking, Craft projects, Fun with you. Teach them to cook, sew, etc. It helps to have organized time. Hikes are great. Volunteering together.
    tootoobusy

    Answer by tootoobusy at 5:02 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • simple crafts, sprinler in the back yard, bake together, spa days
    elasmimi

    Answer by elasmimi at 5:54 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • have a little water park party in your back yard. set up a sprinkler, toss water baloons, squirt guns, home made slip & slide. While they are playing be sure to take a ton of pictures so that you can plan a scrapbooking day so they will always have a memory of that day to show their friends. Make some home made popcicles (juice & dixie cups & toothpicks). Teach them how to make Sun Tea & scones & have a summer tea party. hve a back yard campout (my 12 year old has been adking for one since bfore school got out), no tent? sleep under the stars, have smores & a little campfire. Check out Familyfun.com, it's a disney website with a ton of fun crafts & ideas. Aso, most theaters have free movies during the summer - plan to get up early & drive the hubby to work & take the car - make it a girls day out - a treat for getting their chores done!
    shareleann

    Answer by shareleann at 6:05 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  •  http://familyfun.go.com/  has awesome ideas! check the site out!

    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 6:09 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • We have a family movie/picnic night. We eat on the living room floor while we watch a movie. DS, 5, loves to take the hose to the slide and make a water slide, or we will play with an umbrella and the hose trying to get each other wet.
    MedicMommy

    Answer by MedicMommy at 6:34 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • Check with you local library for free events (puppet shows story times music events)
    Check with you local book stores for free events ( story and craft times)
    Check with you local Parks an recs for free events (Movies in the field, fishing days)
    AMF bowling has a summer program for kids to bowl 2 free games a day all summer you only rent shes.
    Check with you local theaters for $1 or free movies on certain days (usually a weekday morning)
    Plus everything mentioned by PP
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:52 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • Check out this website for help getting started. Our entire summer was planned by this and the library! lol.  LINK

    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:53 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • The public libraries in my state have free/reduced admission passes to all kinds of museums, zoos, and other activities. Check your local libraries website to see if they do too!
    MegMurry

    Answer by MegMurry at 8:04 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

  • Buy a small pool they will fit in. Take walks and find places they would like to see.
    MommaSiete

    Answer by MommaSiete at 8:19 AM on Jun. 6, 2011

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