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10 Cheap and Fun Summer Activities for Kids

10 Cheap and Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Summer is almost here, and we know what that means.

Summer vacation.

You could spend money to send your kid to summer camp, but you can also make Camp Mom the place to be this season with a few household staples.

Kids love getting their hands in everything, and thanks to warm weather and the resiliency of bathing suits/diapers/flip flops, the time has come to make the best kind of mess ... the kind that can be cleaned up with a garden hose.

There's no need to break the bank this summer on entertainment – the key is being prepared and planning ahead. We've put together ten fun activities for even the littlest camper. All these activities should be free as long as you have a few staples like food coloring, bread, kids' snacks, etc.

Head into summer with this arsenal, and school will be starting again before you can say mud pies.

Click on the first image to start the slide show (my daughter Tallulah is the beautiful model in these photos!).

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by on Jul. 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM
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by Bethany on Jul. 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM
There are a couple FB pages just here in Austin that constantly post free things to do, they're great!!

Quoting NicholasMama608:

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Explore Your City

Most fun for ages: 1-8

you take the time to read your local newspaper and check a few
websites, you might be surprised at all the fun activities your city has
to offer. Google "free Austin," or whatever your city name is, and see
what comes up. Local mom blogs are usually a great place to start as
well. Does your city have a weekly entertainment newspaper? Many times
those include free activities. A few ideas applicable to most cities
include checking your local large chain bookstore or library for free
story times and toy train tables. Many parks and museums have certain
days of the month that are free as well.

At the beginning of the
season, schedule outings once or twice per week and make it a family
event. Again, it is all about planning ahead and knowing when and where
these free events are.

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by Bethany on Jul. 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM
These are some really great ideas, can't wait to try them out! TFS!
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by on Jul. 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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by on Jul. 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

What a neat idea!!

Quoting NicholasMama608:

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Edible Crayons

Most fun for ages: 1-10

We dare you to try finding a child who doesn't like playing with ice, which is fantastic, because it's free.

If you have food coloring, beet juice or even Kool Aid to add to it, you can create "ice crayons," where the melting water creates festive streaks and drips of color. All you need to do is make regular ice with the coloring in cylindrical shaped molds, like these.

Too hot outside? Your crayons are also great in the bathtub or in a kiddie pool.

by on Jul. 17, 2012 at 1:52 AM
great ideas!
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