Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thrifty Summer Fun for the Kids

If you have young kids, summer time can often means hot weather and bored kids. Many people can’t afford to go to amusement parks, water parks or send the kids to camp. These are some ideas to get your kids out of the house for free or almost free.

Story Time


Beat the heat and get inside with a fun and educational story time. Barnes and Noble is one bookstore that has free story time. Programs may vary by location. However, at my location, several stories are read, questions are asked and kids are provided with crayons and coloring sheets. Go to the stores and events tab to see if your store has a story time. For older kids, there is also a program where kids read eight books and get a free book. Simply download a “passport” and turn it in to a local Barnes and Noble when your child is finished with the books.


Borders is another store that has free story time. At my Borders, the story time is geared towards toddlers. There is a fun story, various activities and fun little surprises. Check the store locator to find a store near you and see the type of story time that is offered.


If you don’t have a Borders or Barnes and Noble, check out your local library or bookstore. I’m sure you will find that most libraries offer a program.


Inflatable Pool


If you are lucky enough to have a pool, that is great. However, if you don’t an inflatable pool is a wonderful option. My daughter loves our inflatable pool. We have one big enough to sit in and splash around a little. Try the Intex Swim Center Round Pool. It costs just under $25.00 and provides fun for the entire summer. If you want something more exciting, consider the Intex Waterfall Shade Play Center. It has a mini waterfall and inflatable slide. This one costs $34.99. Both can be found at target.com.


Vacation Bible School


Vacation Bible School is a great way to bring your child closer to God while letting them have fun with other kids. A lot of them have themes like “Journey Through Egypt” or “God Squad.” Most of these are free or may have a small cost. Even though these are free, it is always nice to donate money, resources or time to help out the church effort. Here is a list of VBSs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Southern California, Rapid City, South Dakota, Missouri, Indiana and New York. If you don’t see a list in your area, call your local church to see if they are having a Vacation Bible School.


Museums


Take advantage of the many free museums and museums that offer free days. Again, it’s a good way to get out of the heat and learn something as well. Go to freemuseums.org for a list of free museums in some major US cities.


Sources:


MetroFamily’s Awesome 2010 Vacation Bible School List Metrofamilymagazine.com


Area churches’ vacation Bible school listing Rapid City Journal


Local churches host Vacation Bible School, a summer favorite The Green Summit Dispatch


Los Angeles Vacation Bible School Events


Events.nbclosangeles.com


Vacation Bible Schools The Indiana Gazette


Vacation Bible Schools thecitizennews.com


Triangle Moms 2 Moms


Plenty of churches offering Vacation Bible School programs silive.com


freemuseums.org


Vacation Bible School – 2010 fredericksburgparent.net


borders.com


barnesandnoble


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