Summer holidays – six weeks without school. An exciting prospect for kids, a frightful one for parents, who wonder how they are going to keep the kids from going stir crazy (or spending all their time in front of a screen), without breaking the budget.
It seems to me that a lot of kids activities now involve money.
“But mum! All my other friends are going to Dream World!”
When I was a kid, summer holidays meant long days riding bikes and playing with friends in the yard.
It meant lying on your back in the shade and spotting shapes in the clouds.
It meant running around under the sprinkler, Icy Poles and backyard cricket.
We spent a lot of time outside.
We didn’t have a computer. If the television was on, mum was watching Bold and the Beautiful whilst doing the ironing.
There weren’t activity centres or theme parks. There wasn’t even a movie theatre in our town until I was well into high school, and that was a single, small theatre under one of the pubs.
There wasn’t a lot of money to go round, so all our summer activities were free, or close to it.
If you’re my generation or older, your childhood was probably the same.
I have to be honest, it goes against my instincts to provide activities for kids, I think that the most creative endeavours come from a little boredom.
But sometimes we all need a little nudge in the right direction; an occasional invitation to play or a change of scenery to get the creative juices flowing again.
So I’ve created a summer bucket list of frugal kid’s activities. Something to refer to when the kids (or you) are going a little a little crazy. It’s in PDF format, so you can print it out and stick it on the fridge as a ready reference when you’re looking for some screen free, frugal activity ideas for the kids these holidays.
What are your favourite frugal summer holiday activities?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.