CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – It’s summertime, the kids are bored, and your wallet is counting down to the next pay day. But how can you have some fun, without having to break the bank? Dave Dellecese, from TheDorkyDaddy.com, shared some ideas!
Pack up a lunch, pack up the family and head to a nice quiet spot of your choice. It could be a park, it could be the beach, or it could just be that little pull-over near the creek that you pass all the time and think ‘boy, that’s got to be peaceful.’ Take in your surroundings and each other’s company over some sandwiches, cheese and crackers or leftovers!
Family game night
Break out the board games. Family game nights have sort of fallen out of style with smart phones and social media, but there was a time, believe it or not, when families gathered around the table and challenged each other to things like Monopoly, Scrabble or The Game of Life. It’s fun, it promotes critical thinking, and it’s a great way to bond with your family members. So dust off the games sitting in your closet (or borrow some from friends; you may find a new one you never thought to try before) and get to it. If there’s only two of you, make it checkers, chess or cards. This is great for a rainy night or just turning off the lights, lighting candles and pretending there’s a power outage on one of those hot summer nights.
We like to jokingly call them “Social Fridays” at our house, but it’s just about making time to have people over, have dinner, and remember why you liked being around these people in the first place. You’ll catch up in an in-person, non-Facebook way, laugh, share some stories. We always feel that by having the company over actually on Friday night, there’s something about it that makes the weekend seem to last a little longer, because by the time Saturday comes, you feel like you’ve already been doing a lot! Cook dinner, order in a pizza, or make it a pot luck!
A trip to the library
We live in an age where so much is at our fingertips with the press of a button, it’s easy to forget the feel of a book in our hands and the awe and wonder you used to get when you’d stumble across a really neat book on the library shelves. Expose your kids to the library whenever possible. It’s fun and free. And, on top of that, most libraries have summer programs for kids of various ages that range from storytimes, arts and crafts and tons of other things to stay busy and have fun.
Camp in the backyard
You don’t have to go deep into the woods to have a great camping expedition with the family or kids. Set up a tent in your backyard, bring some snacks, some blankets, and enjoy some time away from technology and in each other’s company. You might find yourselves discovering things about nature that you never knew you’d find right in your own backyard, literally. When night falls, kick back and watch the stars.
And, if all else fails, take a trip down memory lane and remember your childhood
What did you do for fun? Share some of those adventures with your kids the next time they say “I’m bored!” Digging for worms, catching lightning bugs, playing manhunt, making mud pies, creating sock puppets — there’s always something fun to do, and it doesn’t have to cost much!