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    teddysbutterflybluepit
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    hi i am a sahm of five kids our budget is so tight it screams sometimes

    i am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids for free

    or really cheap.the ages are 4,8,12,14,16.. i dont drive a car so ideas

    on things to do around the house or neighborhhod.or if anyone nows some

    good websites that give good craft ideas or fun stuff for the kids and

    me so we dont go bonkers during summer break.








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    marie selders
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    Don't have kids of my own, but...When I was a kid we went to a public swimming area at a nearby lake several times a month. It was only a couple of bucks for a carload. Mom packed a lunch and we would spend the better part of a day there.Do you have a community swimming pool nearby? Check out your local library, they may have summer reading programs or other learning activities. Or, justgoing tochoose books and getting out of the heat and into air conditioning. Picnicing at the local park, frisbee, playgrounds, etc. Out in the country we had a creek nearby and we'd go down there and catch crawdads and play in the water. We also took walks in the woods. We camped out in the yard and cooked on a campfire. Check local paper to see if there are any free activities such as parades, festivals, county
    fairs. Also, many museums, botanical gardensand zoos have free days. If there are any in your locality just call and ask. Family bike rides. I'm sure you'll get tons more suggestions on this group.

    teddysbutterflybluepit <teddysbutterflybluepit@yahoo.com> wrote: hi i am a sahm of five kids our budget is so tight it screams sometimes
    i am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my
    kids for free
    or really cheap.the ages are 4,8,12,14,16.. i dont drive a car so ideas
    on things to do around the house or neighborhhod.or if anyone nows some
    good websites that give good craft ideas or fun stuff for the kids and
    me so we dont go bonkers during summer break.




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  3. #3
    stephanie b
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    Both Loews and Marcus theaters have free summer movies in the mornings (check with your local movie theater).. I agree with checking out your library for summer fun (and DVD/video rentals). Biking and having a picnic in a park. Outdoor fun with squirt guns and water balloons (from the Dollar Store). For girls, mini makeovers and manicures. Check out your local fabric store for fun crafts for a $1 or 2 each. You local church may have some fun plans this summer. And don't forget to check with your kids teachers before school is out they may also have some great ideas. I also suggest doing somethingfor someone else, take your kids to volunteer somewhere or clean up the neighborhood. Yeah I know it is not fun, but it teaches them alot and makes you (and them and others) feel good! Stephanie

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    Sarah Long
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    There is a great book that you can get at the library or its really not that expensive called Family Fun Boredum Busters. Its published by the same company that does the Family Fun magazine. It has some absolutely FABULOUS stuff that appeals to kids (and some adults!) of all ages. It even has ideas for times when the weather won't cooperate.

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    herberkids3
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    I feel for you! I'm a SAHM and we're moving to a town over an hour away

    next weekend. I expect my kids will be at home a LOT more this summer

    than previous summers. They are 11, 8, and 5.



    One thing we're doing is buying a membership to the zoo down there,

    because with it, I get free family membership entrence to that zoo,

    plus over 100 other zoo's & aquariums in the US for 1 full year. That

    means when we travel, or when we go to my home town (not where we live

    now), we can go to other zoo's for free.



    How about organizing a yard sale? Each child picks some of their own

    things to sell, and with the proceeds, you can plan a day trip

    somewhere that might cost a bit more than you'd normally want to spend.

    Or, the money each child earns can be their own spending cash.



    A lemonade stand might be fun for the younger kids. You could have them

    make up flyers a day or two before hand, and pass them out to the

    neighbors before setting up. If you think it would be easier, you could

    buy cans of lemonade when it is on sale, and sell it by the can. When

    we have yard sales, we always sell cans of soda & lemonade. I never buy

    it unless it's on sale dirt cheap, and refuse to spend more than $1.99

    for a 12 pack. Then, the kids charge $.50 a can, and even after

    Michigan's deposit ($.10 per can of carbonated beverages- soda,

    basically, but not lemonade), we still wind up making a decent amount.



    Last summer, we took the kids to a semi-local amusement park for the

    day. We had planned it a month or two ahead of time, because I got the

    tickets half off through our radio station. Anyway, we didn't have much

    for spending money, and we were having a yard sale the weekend before

    we went (we went on a Monday). I let the kids be in charge of selling

    the cans of soda & lemonade, and they got to split the money for

    spending money. They each ended up with around $10-12 from their

    soda/lemonade sales.



    Ok, moving on..



    You could plan a weekly thing with the kids, like a walk to a local

    park every friday, with a picnic for lunch. It gives the younger kids a

    chance to get out and play, and it's cheap to do. Find, buy, or borrow

    a cooler with wheels to drag behind, or stick it in a wagon. Bring

    sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a frisbee, etc.



    Dig out the old board games that you have, or ask on freecycle for

    some. If they are missing parts, don't sweat it! In fact, with games

    that have missing peices, you and the kids could make your own family

    game. Make the rules, use construction paper to draw a new board over

    top of the old one, use pieces and game cards from assorted games.



    Plant a garden. Have each kid spend $5 on seeds or plants, and let them

    grow their own section, water it, etc. Plant some edible things to help

    with the food budget- watermelon, tomatoes, corn, peppers, etc.



    Start or join a group for moms in the area, and plan play groups, craft

    nights, outings to the local parks & beaches, etc. You could car pool

    with another family or two and be able to get out while meeting other

    moms.



    The kids would have a chance to socialize, too.



    Have a family movie day once a month. When you can get a ride, go to

    the video store. Each kid gets to pick out a cheap rental (I recommend

    Family Video- kids flicks are free, old releases are $.50 for 7 nights,

    etc- dirt cheap), and the next day, make popcorn up and have fun

    watching movies all day. This is especially great for rainy day

    activities.



    Speaking of rain... Take a rain walk. As long as it's not thundering

    and lightning out, rain has never hurt anyone. Well, ok, maybe not

    never, but assuming everyone is healthy, hearty, and hail, it shouldn't

    hurt anyone. Dig out some water shoes, or sandles that can get wet, put

    everyone in old clothing, dig out an umbrella or two, and take a walk

    in the rain. It can be refreshing! Sing rain songs.



    Have a campout in the back yard. If you have a tent or camper, use it.

    If not, borrow from a relative or friend. Pack a cooler with stuff like

    hot dogs, soda, juice boxes, and chocolate bars. Bring along

    marshmallows, and graham crackers. If you can't have a camp fire

    because of city regulations, then use a grill to "roast" marshmallows

    and hot dogs for dinner & a snack. Spend the night under the stars.

    Don't go inside expect to go to the bathroom.



    Draw and decorate self portraits. Go to the dollar store, buy 8 x 10

    frames, and construction paper. If you can, add in stuff like glitter,

    glue, sequins, spangles, feathers, etc. Have each of the kids draw a

    self portrait, then decorate it with the fun stuff. Frame them, and

    hang them up. Think caricatures.



    Have a treasure hunt. It can be a nature one- find a 4 leaf clover,

    find a white dandelion, find a round rock, etc. Or, you could hide

    things from around the house, or notes with directions to a new spot.

    The prize could be something simple- homemade cookies, or it could be

    something from the dollar store, or a quarter, etc.



    Build a tent in the living room on a rainy day. Use sheets, and chairs,

    and flash lights to "camp" out under there.



    Make "homemade" squirt "guns". Use old spray bottles (clean them really

    well first!), or squeeze top bottles (like old dish soap bottles). Have

    a water gun fight. Add in some water balloons for a really fun

    afternoon on a REALLY hot day. Dollar stores have water balloons you

    can pick up cheaply.



    Host slumber parties. Pick 1 child per week to have a slumber party

    with 2-3 friends. Make sure each child gets the chance to do it through

    out the summer.



    Make a pinata- then stuff it with some treats, hang it, and let them

    destroy it!



    Hunt for butterflies. At night, hunt for lightening bugs.



    Find a local pool you can go to, or see if anyone in the neighborhood

    has one that you might be able to go to once in a while.



    Hope some of these idea's help!



















    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "teddysbutterflybluepit"

    <teddysbutterflybluepit@...> wrote:

    >

    > hi i am a sahm of five kids our budget is so tight it screams

    sometimes

    > i am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids for

    free

    > or really cheap.the ages are 4,8,12,14,16.. i dont drive a car so

    ideas

    > on things to do around the house or neighborhhod.or if anyone nows

    some

    > good websites that give good craft ideas or fun stuff for the kids

    and

    > me so we dont go bonkers during summer break.

    >










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    elizabeth guay
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids



    you might want to check your local orchard - some of them have fun

    things to do that are pretty inexpensive. Even if you have a to pay a

    little bit to go strawberry picking or something - you can use what you

    pick to your advantage to have fun with the kids at home making

    strawberry jam or pies or something.

    Liz










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    Tracy Dee Rios
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    We are twice weekly regulars at the library over the summer. They have

    free children's programs and free teen programs. They have videos,

    music cds, magazines, and books. What a treasure and it's all free

    Tracy Rios sends....

    http://www.angoras.net

    tracy@angoras.net








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    carrie4kids
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    Default I am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids

    Hi! I'm a sahm of 4 and I understand how crazy the house gets when

    bordom sets in. You also have quite an age range (I do too - 7, 7,

    14, 15) which can makes it harder to please all of your children.

    For my younger two (they are identical twin girls) they love when

    activities are planned out. I make a big deal about something simple

    like playing with playdoo, movie time, outside water time, bubble

    bath, etc. During the summer I incorporate activities that we don't

    usually do during the school year. This makes it all "special". I

    also try to keep the day moving, but not completely scheduled. For

    example, 9:00 - 10:00 would be craft time, 11:00 - 12:00 would be

    dress up time, etc. I give them options as to what craft they wold

    like, painting, coloring, playdoo, etc. Rotating an active activity

    (water play outside) with a passive activity (movie) works well

    also. However, if they are really caught up in what they are

    currently doing, I don't stop them just to stay on a schedule. The

    same is true if they get board with their activity. Some activities

    I don't change, like reading. They have a set time for that.



    For both age groups, don't forget that they don't have to play all

    day. We use the summer to work on life skills. There just isn't

    enough time during the school year for this. My children learn to

    set the table, load the dishwasher, fold clothes, bake a cake, etc.

    This is all done in fun, especially for the younger children.



    We also work on "school", but I wouldn't call it that. Some

    suggestions would be: writing daily in a journal, writing to

    family/friends, working on their handwriting, spelling words that

    they struggle with (homophones), etc. My older two will be reviewing

    Spanish all summer.



    Children actually like to learn, especially if it's done in fun.

    Their minds are sponges so don't overlook the precious summer time to

    teach them what is important to you.



    Sorry this was so long - I didn't expect to go on and on. There's

    just so much that I do with my children, it's hard to convey the

    important stuff without getting to lengthy.



    Hope this helps.



    Carrie (mother of 4)

    www.mylittlecandlebiz.com











    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "teddysbutterflybluepit"

    <teddysbutterflybluepit@...> wrote:

    >

    > hi i am a sahm of five kids our budget is so tight it screams

    sometimes

    > i am looking for ideas on what to do this summer with my kids for

    free

    > or really cheap.the ages are 4,8,12,14,16.. i dont drive a car so

    ideas

    > on things to do around the house or neighborhhod.or if anyone nows

    some

    > good websites that give good craft ideas or fun stuff for the kids

    and

    > me so we dont go bonkers during summer break.

    >










 

 
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