Whether it’s during the summer or after school, keeping your children occupied takes a truly creative mind! This season, AbbyBank is excited to share some of our favorite and affordable activities for all of your little ones to enjoy!
- Take advantage of your local library and their summer and after-school programs. Even if it’s only an hour a day, this simple strategy can keep your child learning while they play, saving you some green along the way. To bring that fun home, register your child for a library card, and show them how to check out books and take them back. Most libraries offer a summer reading program with the chance to win prizes for finishing a set amount of books. You can visit the Department of Public Instructions website for a list of libraries near you!
- Setup camp in your backyard, tent and all. Ease your little ones into the wilderness by creating a camp in your own backyard. You can complete the evening with a s’more roast, campfire stories, and stargazing to make the most of the nighttime.
- Bike around town, and enjoy a pit stop at the park. Set a route for a bike ride, and see if you can end at a park close to your home. This will allow your kids to explore the town, and burn some extra energy before winding down for the night.
- Head out for a swim at your local state park and enjoy the cool water or beach. Every state has some unique local parks, many with their own watering hole! Instead of paying the fee to visit your local pool, consider making a day trip to enjoy the warm sand and cool waters of your nearby rivers or lakes. For extra savings, pack a lunch and cooler to make the most of your day without having to spend anything on admission or food.
- Create a fun scavenger hunt around your home or neighborhood. A scavenger hunt can be as simple or as complex as you make it. For some of the younger kids, it may be beneficial to keep it around your home. However, if you have pre-teens to keep occupied, creating a neighborhood or town-wide scavenger hunt could be the perfect afternoon activity. Set up the scavenger hunt ahead of time to help plan your route.
- Have a picnic at the park. Do this fun-filled activity for lunch, dinner, or both! Pack a bag or cooler with some great bites to eat, and find a table, or lay down a blanket at your nearby park. The kids can run and play for a bit, and then enjoy a meal. If you want to really make this activity sweet, pack some of these individual cherry pies for dessert!
- Volunteer for local organizations and give back to your community. Keeping busy isn’t always about entertaining your children or yourself. Sometimes, it can be about something greater, like helping others. Organizations such as The Salvation Army, your local Food Bank, and the county Humane Society, are always looking for helping hands to assist in their day-to-day activities. Find the best fit for your child and have them volunteer one or two days a week.
We love getting children involved in personal finance at an early age. If you’re searching for more affordable activities for your little one to enjoy, consider some of these fun-filled games to help them understand the basics of personal finance! Everything from mobile apps to hands-on activities can help them grow their own financial education.