August is here and summer break is almost over. To some moms this is great news, because it means the kids will soon be off to school and no longer complaining about how bored they are.
To other moms (like me), it’s somewhat sad news. Back to school means back to hectic schedules, more restrictions (for both mom and child), and…lots of traffic.
At the beginning of summer many make loose plans for a family getaway. And sometimes those plans fall through, due to finances, last minute emergency projects at work or other reasons.
If you have not been able to go on that trip with your children as you had thought you would, or if you want ideas for last minute summer memories, no need to fret. There is still hope on salvaging what’s left of the summer, while providing them with lifetime memories on a budget. Here are 5 fun ideas to give your child a fun summer to remember:
Staycation in town – are there some reasonably-priced hotels in town with pools (indoors or outdoors)? Sometimes just getting out of the house for a couple of nights can be rejuvenating, even if you stay in town. Throw in free continental breakfast, a matinee movie and swimming in the hotel pool, and you’ve got memories they will not soon forget. I did that with my kids a few summers ago and we had a blast. We stayed at a hotel, swam in the indoor pool and built teddy bears the next day, before heading home.
Staycation at home – take a couple of days off from work and find fun things to do in town. Movies, dinner at child-themed and child-friendly restaurants, trip to the zoo, the children’s museum come to mind. Some places have discounted rates on weekdays because those are usually their slow days. Additionally, some restaurants have days when kids eat free or at a deep discount.
Vacation Bible School – this is a great option because it is a free opportunity for your child to meet other friends outside of your church circle. There are some VBS which go all day. If planned well, you might be able to do more than one week at different locations close to your work or home. There are still some which hold this late in the summer, but you have to look for them.
Post-Summer Break Getaway – several years ago, I took my sons to Disney Land shortly after school had begun. We went at the end of August/beginning of September. I found great deals on flights, hotels and because most people were in school (we went on a Friday), there were no long lines. Score!
Summer Day Camps – many churches have summer camp for children up to age 12. You may pay by the week, but you can also pay by the day, at a slightly higher rate. They provide food, fun activities and new friends for your child each day. You drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the evening, usually around 6 pm.
Having fun without breaking the bank is always a win. Creating wonderful memories is a double win. Here’s to an enjoyable last couple of weeks as you round out summer break! What creative ways have you found to give your children fun summer memories on a budget?