Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.
What do you do in the summertime when all the kids are home? There are summer camps and vacations, certainly, but there are also a lot of budget-friendly options that will also bring your family closer together while creating lasting memories.
The trick is to have a plan. Begin by gathering the family together and brainstorming a list of all the fun things you’d like to do. Include field trips (think: staycation,) gardening, crafts, and more. We’ve got a few ideas for you to jump start your list.
* Summer reading programs (every library has one and some of the bookstores do as well, including Barnes and Noble)
* Kids Skate Free Select a rink near you when you sign up and they will send you weekly coupons to print out and redeem. (If you want to give a referrer’s email use h j p h i l l [at] y a h o o [dot] c o m and maybe I’ll win a door prize, but not pressure, seriously. I just want you all to have fun!)
* Kids Bowl Free (also check with your local bowling alley, if it’s not on the list it may have it’s own kid’s club bowling) Kids Bowl Free is like Kids Skate Free, you select a local alley and receive weekly coupons to redeem. My kids love bowling. (If you want to give a referrer’s email use h j p h i l l [at] y a h o o [dot] c o m and maybe I’ll win a door prize, but not pressure, seriously. I just want you all to have fun!)
* Atlas Obscura. We’ve made some really great finds across the country thanks to this ever-growing compendium, which we always consult before going anywhere new.
Please join us, friends, in making the summer of 2013 the Best Summer Yet.
What did I miss? Tell us in the comments what you love to do in the summer with your kids.