>Summer is almost upon us and if you are anything like me, you are looking for fun, creative, and inexpensive things to do with your children. I am no expert, but here are a few ideas for enjoying the warm days ahead.
- Check out your local Parks & Rec Department for free or nearly free programs for your children. Our town offers Open Art and Open Gym once per week at $1.00 per session, Picnic with Professionals once per week at a local park for free (police officers, fire fighters, SPCA reps), all sorts of sports programs for an average cost of $3.00 per week, art programs, nature programs, preschool cooking, gymnastics, and so much more!
- If you have museums nearby, visit their websites to learn about children’s programs over the summer. We have 5 different museums in town here and each one is offering some type of summer fun day for preschoolers. Most are free!
- One of my favorites is visiting a farmer’s market – the sites, smells, and tastes are always a hit with little ones. This season is wonderful for picking your own fresh fruit. We have strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry fields nearby and will be visiting them all soon.
- Spend some time on Google looking for a mom’s bulletin board in your local area. This one for Raleigh was started last year and is a great resource.
- Libraries!!! Oh my goodness – did you know that libraries have so much more than books now?
One thing I am going to be working on this summer is taking a step back from what I think should get done every day. I could very easily spend most days puttering around the house, cleaning, organizing, and cooking. Well … that’s not possible with an active almost 4 year old at home all summer. I am going to constantly remind myself that meals must be easy, baking will be kept to a minimum, and that the house cleaning can wait. After all – if we’re out and about every day, the house shouldn’t get dirty anyway!
Most of all – ENJOY your time with your children this summer!