As a stay at home mom, summer camp is not a necessity for me. Each summer I'm faced with entertaining my two girls, now six and nine. I start planning early to have plenty of activities. The primary goal is to have a fun summer. The secondary goal is to have a frugal summer! It is definitely a bonus to have some learning experiences along the way.
Make a list! The girls and I wrote our activity ideas on color coded paper so we could chose an appropriate activity for the day. We placed the ideas in a bowl. If it is a rainy day, we would chose yellow, an inside activity. On a nice day, green for an outside activity.
Find coupons or free activities to do in your community.
* City and State parks
* Library - summer reading programs
* Free bowling days
* Free or discount days at museums, aquariums and zoos
* Free or inexpensive movie days
* Visit a pet or outdoor store
For more summer boredom buster ideas: http://familyfun.go.com/summer/
Have a few theme weeks. Chose an activity, books and outing to go along with your themes. For example, this week could be air & space. Take a trip to the space museum. Use free printable worksheets and books from the library to compliment your theme.
Enjoy your summer without breaking the bank!