Summertime is an idle time for your children. No homework or project to finish. No waking up early and coming home late in the afternoon. Your children have basically all the time in the world. They can choose and decide how to while away their time. As you go to the office early in the morning, your children are either left with their nanny or in the neighbor's house. You are lucky if your own parents can take care of your child.
However, without your close supervision your children could relish their freedom in its entirety. They could sit like couch potatoes for ages in front of the TV sacrificing their physical health. If there is a computer and Internet connection in your house, they could spend most of their time glued to online games and the like.
Surely you want your children to able to spend summer productively yet enjoy at the same time. The most common option is to send your children to summer camps. Another is traveling which can broaden your child's perspective. Out of town trips can also be an alternative. But if your budget priorities do not include these expenses, there are still other affordable ways to provide summer entertainment for your kids.
Invest on Kites. Kites are very affordable. You and your children can even make one on your own. Play with your children at least twice a week. This way they would not tire on it easily and look forward to it next time. This activity could improve your child's dexterity and balance. Kites are played outdoors so you and your child can play under the heat of the sun, which, by the way helps your body produce much needed Vitamin D.
Schedule a weekly activity. The whole summer could last for approximately 2 long months. This means that you have 8 weekends to fill. Each weekend could include activities like going to theme parks, zoo and ocean parks, museums and historical sites within your vicinity. Assign your children to prepare a list of suggestions where they want to spend each weekend. This way, you will be sure that your children will look forward to each weekend because it was their idea.
Enroll in summer classes. Summer classes cost significantly lower than summer camps. Individuals and private organizations provide summer classes on basic and advanced swimming, performing arts, dance, and basketball among others. Check out if there are summer offerings in your local community. These classes normally last to a minimum of 2 weeks up to more than a month. Discuss with your children what they want to learn out of the options available. This way, you are sure that your money will actually serve its purpose.
Do biking in the parks. Biking is one of the most favorite sports of children. If you have bikes at home, now is the best time to use them. Cruise around parks and playgrounds, eat ice cream and just let your kids enjoy. Most probably, there will also be other kids with their families. They could get dirty while running around but that is really the idea. Just make sure that you have extra shirts, towels and jugs of water with you.
Children could enjoy almost anything around them. You do not necessarily have to spend too much just to entertain your children. They have very little concept of costs. To borrow a familiar testimony, "the best things in life are free."