The summer can drag, and it can also get expensive! Everyday of the vacation us parents are faced with coming up with new adventures to keep our kids entertained and happy. We've got five great ways to enjoy some time out of the house together without it costing money!
1. Take a Hike!
Creative QT owners, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, love Making Time Together with their kids by heading to a local National Park and enjoying a hike. This is a great way to switch off devices and concentrate on the beautiful surroundings and people around you. You can even give your kids a checklist of nature hunt treasures to find on their travels.
2. Find a New Playground!
We spend hours at local playgrounds with our kids over the summer holidays. Instead of heading to the same places, why not pick a new one to test out. It freshens up the play challenges for your kids and is also a change of scene for parents too. Just take a look on your local Parks & Rec website, or even check out some schools nearby to find new playgrounds.
3. Relax & Read!
Have you got a library card? We cannot recommend this one enough. Simply head to your local library and let your kids relax with a book. Most libraries will also have a children's area with some toys, and if you're really lucky there might be a story time or fun arts & crafts class to join in with. These are always free!
4. Make a Splash!
One of our best discoveries last summer was a local splash pad at a nearby park. Kids LOVE splash pads! They encourage so much active play and sensory exploration. A little tip is to take a few water tools along as well, such as cups, funnels or buckets as this really adds some fun to their play.
5. Give Back to your Community!
This is a big goal for us this summer; we want to discover a local organization where we can volunteer some time and give back to the community. During the academic year, life is so busy that we struggle to find the time to focus on our community. The summer vacation is the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about generosity in action.
Have you got some more great ways to enjoy free activities over the long summer months? We'd love to hear them! Leave a comment or tag us on social media, @creativeqt.
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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