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Summertime Sanity-Savers (On the Cheap)
writes, "Here are just a few of the many summertime activities you can do for mere pennies (if not free):"
It's summer. This means there's no homework, projects, or monotonous trips back and forth to school for the next three months. Yes, THREE WHOLE MONTHS! For most of us moms, our initial reaction to news like this comes in the form of a huge sigh of relief. I mean, we need a break from school just as much as our kids do, right? But just as quickly as that sigh of relief hits us, so does the reality that we must somehow keep our kids from driving us crazy this summer. We need activities. We need a whole lotta fun, and we need something that will keep boredom at bay and money in our wallets. Hey, it's a lot of pressure when you think about it but, luckily, help has arrived (or at least I think it has).

1.) Picnic in the Park: Head on down to my fave spot, Heritage Park in downtown Eagle, and enjoy what this great little place has to offer. My kids and I usually go once a week, with a picnic basket in hand, and bathing suits on bodies (their bodies...not mine). Enjoy the water feature, the fresh air, and remember to bring a few extra bucks for some super yummy snow cones too. My kids always have a blast and it makes them really, really tired to boot. Score!

2.) Love on the Library: The Eagle Library has an awesome summer reading program for every member of the family that you won't want to pass up. Not to mention the fact that they have some fabulous prizes they're giving away (which may just help motivate your kiddos to keep up on their reading this summer). Go once a week and set up designated reading times at home. Free and fun!

3.) Movie Nights: Summertime is the perfect time to catch up on movies that you were just too busy to see during the year. Even better, now they're only $1.50 to rent at Redbox. Have a family movie night, complete with popcorn, candy, and maybe even some root beer floats too. Yum!

4.) Dollar Store Dash: Head out to the Dollar store and have your kiddos pick 5 items that they can construct a craft with. Bring home all your goodies and let your kiddos imagination go to work. Cheap entertainment and pretty fun as well.

5.) Chores in Disguise: Now, I am not a fan of chores and unfortunately, my kids aren't either. But that doesn't change the fact that things need to get done around my house (and I don't want to be the only one doing them). In order to avoid the moans and groans associated with chores, make sure to get creative by disguising housework as fun. For instance, hook them up with super soakers and hoses and let them wash your car. Hide small trinkets/toys in their rooms (under the huge piles of clothes), and have your kids locate them by picking up around their rooms. See? They can be productive and have fun at the same time.

6.) Excellent Exercise: Whether it's swimming, riding bikes, running, skating, or golf...you name it and there are a ton of activities you can do with your kiddos in order to help foster a healthy environment and get them active. Hey, kids love being outdoors but especially love hanging outdoors with their parents even more. So, get out there and have fun...and maybe burn a few hundred calories in the process!

Want more ideas? Check out Pinterest or read your favorite parenting website/magazine for more tips and info on how to not only survive the summer, but have some major fun in the process (for cheap I might add).

Jenny Sulpizio
Author, Mother of Three


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