Planning for Lazy, No Spend Summer Days

Summer days can be long and hot, and keeping kids entertained can be a challenge. As a mom, you may feel pressure to plan and pay for lots of activities to keep your kids busy, but sometimes, a lazy, no spend summer day is just what you and your kids need.

Here are some tips for planning enjoyable, budget-friendly summer days:

  1. Set a theme for the day. Have a day where the theme is a beach day, a nature day or a cooking day. Pick a theme that fits your family’s interests and use it as a starting point for your planning.
  2. Take advantage of your local library. Libraries offer a wealth of free resources, including books, movies, and educational programs. Spend an afternoon browsing the shelves, and let your kids pick out books and movies to enjoy at home.
  3. Plan a backyard campout. Set up a tent in your backyard and let your kids enjoy a night of camping under the stars. You can cook dinner on a campfire or grill, make s’mores, and tell stories around the campfire.
  4. Have a water day. On a hot day, fill up some water balloons or turn on the sprinkler and let your kids run around in the backyard. You could even set up a slip and slide with some plastic sheeting and dish soap.
  5. Have a movie marathon. Pick a favorite movie series, and spend the day watching all of the movies in order. You can make some popcorn and snacks, and have a cozy day indoors.
  6. Plan a scavenger hunt. Create a list of items for your kids to find around your neighborhood or local park. You can make it a competition or just have fun exploring together.
  7. Make some homemade ice cream. All you need is some cream, sugar, and flavorings to make delicious ice cream at home. You can make it in a bag or a container, and your kids can help with the mixing.
  8. Visit a local park. Many parks have playgrounds, walking trails, and picnic areas that are free to use. You can pack a picnic lunch and spend the day enjoying the outdoors.
  9. Have a craft day. Gather some supplies like construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers, and let your kids get creative. You could make homemade cards, create a scrapbook, or paint some rocks to decorate your garden.
  10. Have a game day. Pull out some board games or card games, and spend the day playing together as a family. You can even make up your own games and rules.

With a little planning and creativity, you can have fun, no spend summer days with your kids. Remember to relax and enjoy the lazy days of summer.


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