With summer brings many great things, including spending quality time with your children. Although this is a great time to play and have fun, keeping children entertained for such a long period of time can prove difficult. Here are some great ways to keep your children entertained while keeping your budget in check. Today’s Tips are sponsored by MGA Entertainment, however, all thoughts expressed below are my own.
1) Plan Water Themed Playdates – Once a week I plan playdates so that my daughter has time with her friends. During the summer the other mom’s and I plan water-themed days, where we’ll have water balloon fights, go swimming or to our local splash pad. Recently, Little Tikes sent us Fun Zone Battle Splash Water Table and the kids love it and now they prefer to come to our house and play with the Fun Fun Zone Battle Splash Water Table™.
2) Picnic at the Park –Imonni love the outdoors, therefore, I am always taking her to the park. Often times we will meet up with her friends and have a picnic. So taking your kids to the park, regardless of age, can be fun for everybody. Have your children help prepare and make sandwiches, snacks, and other treats to take along with you. Aside from the general playground equipment, there are so many fun things to take to the park for your children to play with, such as: bubbles, a beach ball, sports balls (basketball, soccer, etc.), skates (if there is a cemented area to skate on), bikes, and/or whatever outdoor toys your children enjoy and are easily taken with you. The park is free entertainment and a great way to sneak some exercise into their day.
3) Arts & Crafts – I find Imonni making something at her desk every day. So I Stock up on kid-friendly arts and crafts supplies to inspire the creative genius hidden inside. I think all moms should have a craft box for their little ones filled with paints, play dough, markers, crayons, glue, paper, glitter, and scrapbooking supplies and that is just the beginning. Making some homemade craft supplies is a great way to get your children involved. They will love making their own art supplies.
4) Take Them to the Movies – My daughter and l love going to the movies, Regal Cinemas offers a Free Family Film Festival every summer at participating cinemas around the country. The movies begin at 10:00 am sharp on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so they are a great way to start your summer days. These movies are not brand new, and this is how they are able to afford to show them for free. Concessions are regular price but making sure that your children have eaten before the showing will save you from purchasing junk food at the concession stand.
5) Camping Indoors – My daughter loves building tents out of her bedsheets in our front room. I have found raising three kids that children love to camp, even if it is only building their own fort indoors. It can be a nice place to hideout, tell stories, and even sleep. Make this a fun experience by making s’mores, hotdogs, and other camping treats. A great book for kids regarding indoor and outdoor camping is Camp Out!. This guide is huge and has so much information and activities.
6) Let Your Kids Help Plan a Fun Schedule – If you’ve been reading my site for a while you know I love to plan. That’s rubbed off on my daughter and she likes to know what we are doing the night before. So we have created a fun schedule for her. Letting your kids help create a schedule of fun things to do can help get their creativity flowing, as well as increase the expectations of future activities. If your children are old enough, have them do the research themselves online to find fun things to make and do over the summer. If they aren’t quite there yet, have them select activities from ones that you have already pre-selected.
Summer is a great time to bond with your children and making summers fun for your children is easy. MGA Entertainment just launched a new webisode series, which is hosted by Trading Spaces star Brett Tutor *Project Play Big*, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of iconic childhood brand, Little Tikes.
In each webisode, Brett Tutor and Little Tikes surprise a deserving family from around the US with a play space makeover. The last episode spotlighted The Tavasolian Family from Agoura Hills, who lost their home and possessions in the California wildfires last year Click here to view the webisode (link here)