Where to Find Frugal Summer Activities for Kids
Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 at 7:00 am
It won’t be long before your kids are out of school for the summer. What will they do all day once school is over? Parents can find safe, affordable, activities for kids in their local area. You child can be watched over while you are at work and have a fun summer at the same time.
Frugal Summer Activities for Kids
Boys and Girls Club of America
Does your neighborhood have a Boys and Girls Club? Find out if it will be offering a summer program. The summer programs offer a safe place for children to interact, learn, get some exercise, try new things, and be watched over by attentive adults. Fees for their summer programs are typically low and affordable.
Many Boys and Girls Club summer programs involve field trips to local parks, pools, museums, and more. They typically open around 7:00 in the morning and close around 6:00 in the evening. (Check with your local one for more specific details.) This is a great option for parents who have to work during “school hours” in the summer when their kids are no longer in school.
YMCA offers summer camp opportunities for kids. Check with your local Y to see exactly what they will be offering this summer. You may learn they are offering an overnight camp that runs from a few days to a few weeks in outdoor areas. Kids are led by trained and experienced leaders who will teach them new skills and activities.
Or, your local Y might have a day camp for kids. The difference between the two camps is that this one is for kids who would prefer to return to their family every afternoon. Again, there will be new experiences, skill building, and the opportunity to make friends at the day camp.
Your local library might have a summer book club for kids and teens to participate in. Some libraries will be organizing family movie nights on the weekends. Or, they could be holding a series of fun arts and crafts classes for kids. Check with your local library to find out what is available.
Park District Programs
Many Park Districts will offer a discount on admission to public pools if a family buys a group pass. They might also offer athletic programs for kids to participate in during the summer. If your local park district includes a gym, there is potential that they will have some fun exercise programs for kids this summer. Typically, there is a fee for park district programs and a requirement that you must register your child for each one he or she wants to do.