Dress up your cupcakes with this set of free printable toppers from I Heart Naptime.
We’re mid-way through summer vacation, which means any day now my kids will be starting with the “I’m Bored” routine. If this is happening to you, here are a few fresh ideas from across the blogosphere.
- Water Gun Fun – The Taylor House
- Paper Plate Bean Bag Toss – Sugar Bee Crafts
- Painted Salt Sculptures – Fun at Home with Kids
- Water Bottle Comets – Meaningful Mama
- Firecracker Tag with Balloons – The Inspired Treehouse
- Sidewalk Chalk Game – Kids Activities Blog
- Leak-Proof Bag Experiment – Paging Fun Mums
- Glow Stick Lanterns – Lil Blue Boo
- Pool Noodle Luminaries – Create Craft Love
- Scented Colored Glue – The Crafted Sparrow
Motivate the kids to read this summer with a free printable Reading Chain from Eighteen25.
It’s not too late to plan the ultimate summer! Head over to Thirty Handmade Days to get a set of free printables to make your own Summer Binder for the kids. Comes complete with lists for quiet time ideas, recipes to try, outdoor activities, reading lists, worksheets and more!
As a native Michigander, I was not prepared for the sweltering heat of Texas summers. But thankfully, the kids and I have learned to get creative in our outdoor activities so we can still enjoy the sunshine without melting into a puddle. After all, who wants to stay inside all summer. In a camper. With five kids?
Thanks to the ideas from these inventive bloggers, we have found ways to have fun in the sun using ice!
- Ice Boats – Reading Confetti
- Frozen Castle – Warm Hot Chocolate
- Popsicle Paint – Lil Sugar
- Rainbow Ice Tower Excavation – Fun at Home with Kids
- Shaving Cream + Ice Paint – Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Smashing Ice Excavation – Glued to My Crafts
- Ice Sidewalk Chalk – Reading Confetti
- Ice Cube Watercolor Painting – She Knows
- Letter Cubes – Imagination Tree
I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time deciding how to change up my decor for summer. Here’s an idea that can be done in a snap, and on a budget. Grab an inexpensive frame from the thrift store, then head over to The Crafted Sparrow to get this free printable word art. Makes me want to go to the beach!
It doesn’t get much better than a tall glass of homemade lemonade on a hot summer day. Which is why I love this printable. And since it’s never easy to find seasonal wall decor for summer (unless you go with the typical 4th of July theme), I was happy to find it on Live Laugh Rowe. You can print it as an 8×10″, or make it as large as 16×20″.
Planning a summer barbecue? You can use the free printable invitations from Kori Clark. They’re editable, so you can type in the necessary information for your guests!
Here are some ideas to fill your calendar with frugal staycation activities this summer. Check them out!
- 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.
Note: Some of these links are not updated for Summer 2013 yet. Keep checking back!
- Barnes & Noble – Read any 8 books and submit the reading journal to get a free book.
- Pottery Barn – complete the reading list and get a free book.
- Scholastic Summer Reading Program – log reading time to earn digital rewards.
- Sylvan – earn prizes for reading success.
- Free Campgrounds – find out where you can camp for free (or cheap!).
- Harvest Hosts – farmers and wineries offer RVers free overnight stays.
- Apple Camp – kids 8-12 can take a class at Apple Retail Stores.
- Cinemark – 10 shows for $5 when tickets are purchased in advance. (2014 links not active yet)
- Regal Cinemas – $1 movies at 10am.
- Bank of America – free museum admission on select weekends.
- Find a U-Pick farm in your area.
- Visit a national park with free or cheap admission.
- Bowl for free at Bowling Alleys across the country.
- AMF Bowling Club gives you $20 off your next visit.
- Brunswick Bowling Alleys give kids free bowling every day June-August.
- Fun Stuff for Kids from Kids.gov.
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!
Planning a weekend getaway? Visit Take Off With Kids to get 25 tips for a smooth road trip.