Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cheap Thrills

Summertime is officially here. Lots of fun. Accompanied with lots of, "I'm bored", "There is nothing to do" and "He/She is bothering me". The solution, keep them busy! Sometimes easier said than done, especially when you don't want to spend a lot of money. However there are many great things to do that don't cost much (or are completely free) that don't necessarily require that you GO somewhere. Some oldies but goodies we enjoy are:

Painting $1 models from the craft store. Note that the paint DOES wash off of surfaces easily, but still have the kids wear playclothes!

Who doesn't love a good game of dress up?

Have fun eating a messy lunch, in this case, spaghetti.

Find a local petting zoo and feed the animals, $0.25 a handful!

By far our best investment all summer long is our $15 wading pool.

Eat your meals "alfresco" (thanks Fancy Nancy!)

Tire them out at the park! Have fun finding new parks in the area that you normally don't frequent.

We had a blast just hanging out at Bass Pro Shop a few weeks back. We rode ATV's and boats, and the place was a Taxidermist's paradise!

You can never go wrong with Kool-Aid playdough.
This is just a sample of things we like to do during the summertime that doesn't bust the bank. What do you like to do with the kids? I'm always up for new ideas, please join in and share your ideas!


  1. Yard work...sprinklers...swimming lessons because I don't swim...carpet picnics when it is hot out...cooking...library...crafts...long walks...worm hunts...last year we made a bug hotel...find a monarch caterpillar bring it home and put it in a container (with a lid) feed it fresh milkweed daily and watch in through all its stages and let the butterfly free...if you have a good place outside polywogs are great (find a pond and scoop up some) my sister does them in a stock tank - something eats mine (you can feed them fish food)...

  2. Oh and I forgot to mention I love the picture with you in it...


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