Summertime and the living’s easy, right? Sure, until the kids start bouncing around the living room screaming, “I’m bored! I’m Bored! I have NOTHING to do!” Yes, it happens as early as the 3rd day of summer vacation. But what can you do when your family insists that they’re bored and have nothing to do?
Luckily, I have a few ideas for fun family summer activities that you can do on any budget! Score another one for parenting friends for the win, right?
The Best Family Summer Activities are Ones You Do Together
I know that it can be hard to get the whole family on the same page, but I think these ideas might help. If not, they may inspire you to come up with your own family activities that suit your family’s personal tastes.
Family Summer Activites for ANY Budget
Have an outdoor scavenger hunt!
These clues lead to another clue and of course, the final clue leads to the TREASURE! What is the treasure? Totally up to you.
Maybe it’s a refreshing Popsicle snack, a dollar store toy, homemade cookies, etc.
Organize and Run a Yard or Garage Sale.
I know, I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Think of it as being more kid-centered. They will have fun “being in charge and earning money”, making beautiful signs on poster board and you’ll get them to get rid of some junk.
It’s a win-win. Not only that, it’s an educational opportunity and a financial responsibility opportunity.
Believe it or not, this is something you can do, even if you don’t have a dog. Seriously, call up your local humane society or animal rescue and ask if they need dog walkers. They’ll most likely say yes and your whole family will be off on a pack walk. You could even bring a few donations, like dog food, dog beds and dog toys.
Or, sign up to be a dog walker on apps like Rover. Then, go dog walking and get paid for it!
Not a Dog person?
Hang with the cats!
Cats get lonely too! You may not be able to walk them but you can pet them, comfort them and maybe you could read them Puss In Boots!
Donations for the cats would be graciously received as well at your local Humane Society. There is always a need for wet and dry cat food, cat beds, and cat toys. Plus, doing a good deed makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
And hey – if you want to sign up for Rover, you could earn money as a kitty sitter.
More Activity Ideas:
- Need some ideas for activities you can send your kids to do with minimal or no supervision? Depending on their age, of course! These best summer activities for kids who say they’re bored can be modified for all ages – and are uniquely interesting. Have fun!
- Want to get outside and enjoy some art? These fun outdoor art projects to do with your kids will have you all pretending you’re Picasso – or Van Gogh!
My Must-Have Family Resources:
- Need some ideas on how to stay calm while parenting even when your kids are crazy out-of-control? That’s why I love the Love and Logic books – they teach you how to be in control – so that your kids learn to make better choices, too.
- Want to make implementing Love and Logic even easier? Learn how to use Family Standards, better behaviors, and family government so that your kids learn how to govern themselves in Parenting: a House United – Changing Children’s Hearts and Behaviors by Teaching Self-Government.
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You’ll Also Love:
- Need something to help your kids better understand responsibility this summer? Check out these summer chores – they’re a great way to get your kids excited about learning to do chores (and maybe even earn some money!).
- Heading to Utah this summer? You’ll want to make sure you add in at least one of these 15 breathtaking things to do in Utah with your kids to your to-do list!