Summer Staycation: Backyard Camping

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Here’s a fun staycation idea my family has done for years. Have a camp out in your own back yard! Premeditated Leftovers has some ideas to get you started.

Summer Staycation: Rainbow Wind Socks

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I just love finding projects that can be done using items I have around the house. You can check out the windsock tutorial over at My Little Three & Me to see how she did it.

Summer Staycation: DIY Sidewalk Chalk

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With just three ingredients you can make your own sidewalk chalk. Head over to Pinky Princess Girl for details.

Summer Staycation: Water Shooter Painting

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Get an inexpensive water shooter from the dollar store and make a huge mess have some fun! Visit Fantastic Fun & Learning to hear her story.

Summer Staycation: Frozen Smoothies

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Are you ready to have fun with the kids this summer? Each weekday, I’ll bring you a new, affordable and easy idea for making memories as a family. Today you can visit Handmade Kids Art for the recipe for making your own frozen smoothies.

Scroll through HERE (past this post) for more staycation ideas.

Momspiration Monday

It’s time to start thinking OUTDOOR activities with the kiddos! Head over to Modern Parents Messy Kids to get an easy recipe for Body Paint.

Secrets of a Super Mommy has some ideas for inspiring kiddos to garden & cook with their very own herb garden.

Check out my tutorial for making your own Water Table and/or Sand Table for under $20!

Sidewalk Paint is another thrifty fun activity! Get the recipe from Whimsy Love.

Reinforce color recognition with a Nature Color Hunt. Visit No Time for Flash Cards to get the details.

Regal Theatres $1 Summer Movie Program

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Regal Theatres are bringing back the popular Summer Movie Express program this year, and that means cheap entertainment for the kiddos (and mom, too!) Visit participating locations on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings to get $1 admission to see movies like: Kung Fu Panda 2, Despicable Me 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Croods, Epic, Free Bird and more. Get the complete lineup, along with a list of participating theatres HERE.

Round-Up of Free & Cheap Summer Fun

Here are some ideas to fill your calendar with frugal staycation activities this summer. Check them out!

Local Activities:

  • Your local library reading club. Information should now be available regarding dates and activities at your nearest branch.
  • Contact your local Parks & Recreation department, Community Center, Visitors Center or the local newspaper website for a list of free activities. Don’t forget to check with any nature centers, sports centers, lakes or community parks.
  • Check out the programs available from local churches. Even if you’re not a regular attender, you can still take advantage of craft camps, sports camps or Vacation Bible Schools they offer. Usually these are free or very affordable.
  • Free factory tours in your area.
  • Free crafts for kids every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning.
  • Kids workshops available some Saturdays at Lowes or Home Depot.
  • Free fishing weekends. Google “free fishing weekends” and the name of your state to find dates in your area.
  • Chuck E. Cheese rewards good behavior with free tokens.
  • Check Groupon and Living Social every day for discounts on restaurants, theme parks and local attractions.

Reading Clubs:
Note: Some of these links are not updated for Summer 2013 yet. Keep checking back!

Camping:

  • Free Campgrounds – find out where you can camp for free (or cheap!).
  • Harvest Hosts – farmers and wineries offer RVers free overnight stays.

Other Stuff:

Scroll through my Summer Staycation series to find more easy and cheap activity ideas. This series will be returning on June 3th with one new activity per day, all summer long!