So it's official: August is upon us, and Labor Day is still five weeks away. So how are you holding up? And how about your kids? Are they bored to tears? (It's bound to happen at some point.)
And if you've already exhausted the sprinkler option, made 16 batches of homemade ice pops, and re-strung every beaded necklace your kids own, you're probably asking "What else can we do that doesn't cost money?" (Especially if you've recently re-allocated any "disposable income" you might have spent on day trips to cover more pressing expenses this summer.)
So here we are with lots of time and little money. Fortunately, we've got plenty of options left! Last month, I invited bloggers to write on the theme of "Cheap Fun" for families, and submit their posts to the August "All About Parenting Blog Carnival." Here's what they had to say:
Cheap Fun at Home:
Amanda Rock, our Guide to Preschoolers, suggests cooking with your kids as a way to have cheap fun, any day of the week. She even included a few of her favorite recipes for us to try!
Katherine Lee, our Guide to Child Parenting, suggests renting some of your favorite childhood movies to enjoy with your kids. (I'm sure my kids would get a huge kick out of seeing Saturday the Fourteenth, which I probably watched 100 times in my tween years!)
And when you're really in a pinch, try "Fun 9-1-1," a list of cheap, fun, and engaging activities from Terri, our Guide to Special Needs Children.
And when "cheap" fun isn't cheap enough, try these no-cost ideas from Susan Adcox, our Guide to Grandparents.
Cheap Fun Day Trips/Outings:
Laureen Miles Brunelli, our Guide to Work-at-Home Moms, encourages readers to think outside the playground when coming up with inexpensive ideas for having fun with the kids.
And here's an outside-the-box idea: Jennifer O'Donnell, our Guide to Parenting Tweens, suggests a mock "kidnapping" as a way to get your tween to come along for a surprise family adventure.
Denise Witmer, our Guide to Parenting Teens, reminds us that teens need down time, too, and a great way to enjoy some cheap fun is to relax outdoors together.
Cheap Fun on the Road:
How about you? Share your best cheap, fun activities in the "Readers Respond" feature Cheap Fun for Parents and Kids.
Katherine Lewis, our Guide to Working Moms, has several suggestions for how to have cheap fun while attending a family reunion.
Jennifer Mueller presents 12 Free Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids, posted at Puddle Jumping in DC, where she explores some of the lesser-known, but cheap, activities for families to enjoy on a trip to Washington, D.C.
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