Summer is here and you may have kids who are already bored and looking for things to do. While many families like to take a summer vacation, with the increase in gas prices and inflation leading to many other necessities costing much more than normal, a long family vacation may not be possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap things you can do that will make the kids happy and provide some summer fun.
Explore your hometown
Even if you’ve lived in the same area for many years, there may be things you haven’t yet discovered. One of the best ways to find undiscovered gems in your area is to do a quick search on a travel site. You may find attractions and activities that you weren’t aware of. Plus, you can save a lot on gas by not traveling far.
Free outdoor fun
During the summer, many organizations hold festivals and free outdoor events, and a most of these are family friendly. Look into local concerts, food festivals or summer camps. Consider packing a picnic to take with you to a local park or lake. Hiking or biking on local trails is not only a great workout but also free in most places.
Check your library’s summer calendar. Many hold camps and other events for children throughout the summer. Some parks suspend admission fees during the summer months, and they may have some programs for kids to enjoy. Farmer’s markets are fun for all ages. You can check out local produce and let the kids pick up some fresh peaches or berries. Pay special attention around to the time leading up to summer holidays as many towns and organizations may hold themed events for special occasions and even for back-to-school.
With the higher cost of gas, many families are choosing to forgo a summer vacation. There are plenty of other ways to spend your time, and many summer activities are cheap or free. Check into local activities in your area and try to find new places to explore so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on gas or a lot of time traveling to your destination.