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Summer brings all sorts of joy for kids and adults alike. Finally, we all have a chance to spend more time together, get outside, soak in some good old Vitamin D, make our yards look beautiful, and run off some energy!
Summer Fun on a Budget
For some, summer means traveling and exploring places they have never been to. For others, summer means staying home and finding ways to stay entertained without spending a lot of money.
Make sure to add the money you save to your Navy Federal Credit Union savings account!
Here are a few ideas to help you have some summer fun, but on a budget:
Find New Parks
Chances are there are a lot of parks in your area. If not in your city, perhaps just a short distance away. Sit down with your family and create a bucket list of parks to visit! Pack a picnic lunch (and dinner!) and consider packing up bikes, Frisbees, or sports equipment for some extra excitement.
Don’t forget to check the parks’ hours of operation. They may be limiting hours, rules and occupancy for social distancing, so be sure to check before leaving your house.
Game or Puzzle Nights
If your family loves board games or puzzles, capitalize on it! Pick one night a week and trade-off
picking a new game or puzzle to do each week. It will keep your brains active, help kids learn
about winning and losing, and create some family bonding time.
If you haven’t played cooperative games, yet, look into some! Especially if you have kids (or
spouses) who are extremely competitive, cooperative games encourage everyone to work
together for a common goal.
Whether indoors or outdoors, set up a tent and camp overnight (or longer)! If only the kids are
really interested, set up a simple tent in their bedroom, break out the sleeping bags, and let them
enjoy the novelty of tent sleeping.
If you choose to go outdoors, make an entire evening of it and cook dinner over the fire (or on
the grill) and make s’mores. Still, feeling adventurous? Enjoy breakfast outside as well!
Let your kids choose everything you do on this day. No matter how crazy it sounds, as long as
it’s free (or inexpensive, depending on your budget) and reasonable, say yes! Donuts for
breakfast? Sure! Dessert first for dinner? Why not? Stay up to watch the sunset? Sounds fun! Let
your kids be creative and experience the things that have perhaps never been allowed before.
Take a day and decide what sorts of treats you can make for family, friends, or neighbors and go
to town! Have your kids help with all the baking, pack up the treats, maybe decorate a card, and
deliver the goodies to hopefully brighten someone’s day. Teaching your kids the joy of giving is
a great lesson at any time of the year.
No matter what you decide to do with your summer months, remember it’s okay for kids to get
bored. You don’t have to plan a fun time for every single minute of summer. It’s okay if your
kids have a little extra screen time, get a little sunburnt, or go to bed extra late.
Relax and know that you’re not ruining anyone’s lives by not planning an expensive getaway. Spend time together and enjoy the break from routine.