Study: Parents spend billions on children’s summer activities

Survey says they'll spend nearly $1,000 on day trips

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – How much do you spend to keep your kids active out of school? 22News is working for you with the results of a new survey.

School is out, and according to an American Express survey, parents will spend about $70-billion dollars on their kids summer activities.

The survey found they’ll shell out nearly $1,000 per child on day trips to theme parks, educational or arts programs, or sending them to camp.

The summer won’t be all fun and games. 98% of parents say they’ll also be putting their kids to work doing chores.

One parent told 22News what he did to get his kids off the couch.

“Well my kids like sports so I had them running around a lot. When they were old enough, they worked. My philosophy was to keep my kids running around a gym or a field until they were 18 and that way they would stay out of trouble,” said Will Ryan of Florence.

“Right now I’ll start doing dance camp for a couple of weeks and I do that and then I give myself a break and go on vacation,” said Devin Bouthillette of Florence.

The survey found that while kids may stay busy, they may not be employed. Only 30% plan to get a summer job.

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