kids-on-family-beach-vacation-2-1205771-mThere really isn’t any reason to spend a ton of money on a big vacation this summer when there are so many fun things to do locally.

Go on a Nature Hike (howdoesshedoit.com)

A walk in nature can give you and your kids a small dose of wilderness to rejuvenate your spirit. A nature hike can be a fun and educational alternative to sitting in front of the TV or playing video games! Here are a few things you can bring along on your nature hike:

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic field guide
  • Water bottles
  • Bug spray

Plant a Garden

Planting a garden can be a rewarding family activity, especially when you have family members helping out. Not only do you get to spend quality time together but you are also teaching your kids (without them knowing it’s a learning experience). Plus, you get fresh veggies in the end so everyone wins.
Here are a few tips to get started:
Use soil with compost in it rather than harsh chemicals so your kids can safely pick and eat the vegetables later!
Give each child their own special area in the garden but don’t make it too big or it may seem overwhelming.
To help kids keep thinking it’s fun, don’t weed it by yourself. Get them to help you (with proper gardening equipment of course).
Let them help you choose the “crops”. This will give them a sense of pride when they start seeing the veggies pop out of the ground.
Let them plant their own seeds, with a bit of help from you.
Why should you have all the fun of gardening when you have perfectly good helpers who are more than willing to lend a hand?

Geocaching

Now that it is more or less summer (we hope), there is a world of fun ideas that you can do as a family. One such idea is geocaching. Geocaching is a great way to spend time with the kids young and old.

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is really just a present day treasure hunt that uses a GPS; some people can even get it on their smart phones. The “treasures” are containers of different sizes that may be camouflaged to blend into the surroundings better. For all we know, we could be passing a hidden treasure everyday! Inside the cache is a logbook to sign. The bigger the cache box, the bigger the prize. These can be anything from bouncy balls to McDonalds or dollarstore prizes. It’s a fun way to spend time together while figuring out clues.

Window Shopping

When you have a family, it’s not always easy to keep everyone entertained. One solution is to go to the local mall (or even a mall that isn’t local, for variety).
At the mall, there is so much to look at. For example, my daughter loves browsing at stores like Ardene’s and Claire’s. I am not really into that type of store myself and you may be thinking “Why do you go window shopping then?”. My answer to you is one word: SAMPLES! Yes you heard me correctly, samples. She enjoys using the samples and trying out different products. She has a lot of fun, leaves the store happy and I am not out of pocket buying her a bunch of “stuff” she doesn’t really need.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.