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Jun 22

Summer Activities for the Whole Family

There are many great summer activities for the whole family

There are many great summer activities for the whole family

There are many activities the entire family can get out and enjoy during the summer.  Some are free, while some are on the expensive side.  The key to a great summer is to mix in a few of these bigger, more expensive activities along with a number of low cost or free activities that everyone has fun doing.

-Go to the zoo.  Kids love the zoo, and there’s something magical about it for parents, too.  Many zoos upgrade or add new animal exhibits over the years, so the zoo might even have something new and different for you.  Cost: medium, although food and souvenirs may drive the cost up.

-Head out to a local park and playground.  Besides the swings and other playground equipment, many parks have small ponds that are home to ducks or geese.  You can bring along some old bread crumbs and feed them, which many kids love.  Some playgrounds also have what are called spraygrounds, areas that have fun sprinklers and other water toys.  Cost: free!

-Start a family garden.  You can teach kids about gardening, vegetables, and flowers by having them help you in your backyard garden.  Kids like digging in the dirt and picking ripe vegetables, and they’ll learn along the way.  Cost: low.  You’ll need to buy seeds and maybe some bug spray.

-Plan a family vacation.  This doesn’t have to be a huge trip, although it can be if you have the funds.  A weekend trip to the beach or to a theme park can be just as fun as a week-long trip to Disney World or another major location.  This type of trip does require scheduling time off and reservations.  Cost: medium to very high, depending on where you go and how long your vacation lasts.

-Go for a walk or ride your bikes.  If each family member has a bicycle, go for a ride.  If you don’t have bikes, go for a walk around the neighborhood.  This is also a good way of exercising and walking your dogs, if you have any.  Cost: free for walking, low if you need to perform any bike maintenance.

These are just a few great summer activities that are fun for the whole family!

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