Everything you do costs money. When you throw kids in the mix, the expense usually doubles. There are so many things you can do that do not cost an arm and a leg, especially during Minnesota summers. Kids do not know the difference if something costs money or is free. Kids just want to live in the moment and have fun. To them, the best things in life are free. Here are some of my favorite things that I consider inexpensive to free fun.
Lemonade stands cost very little money. All you have to purchase are the lemonade and paper cups. We set up our kid-sized picnic table at the end of the driveway. My kids get so excited when people stop for a glass of their lemonade. Although, when someone approaches the stand, they often forget to what to say, so I help coach them along. They love collecting money but do not really know what to do with it. I remember one time after the kids had a lemonade stand, I found $8.00 in the garbage. I asked Jacob why it was in the garbage and he said, “I didn’t need it anymore because I was done having the lemonade stand.” Next lesson is how to manage money. I wish I had money I didn’t need.
If you already have bikes and helmets, this is a great thing to do as a family! Jacob pedals on his tagalong behind Matt’s bike, and Isabelle is on a seat behind me on my bike. There are so many trails close by, which makes biking an easy and fun activity for us. The kids love looking for turtles, ducks, and deer on our rides. We usually stop at a park so they can play and burn off some energy. If you do not have bikes, there are so many affordable ways to get them. There are countless swap and shop sites on social media that have bikes for reasonable prices. You can always hit up a local garage sale too. I got Isabelle’s bike seat and Jacob’s tagalong used and for great prices. If biking is something you are interested in, you do not have to make a huge investment and go brand new.
Yes, a kiddy pool. You can get the classic standard plastic kiddy pool for under $10 at Walgreens. You can even get water toys and a fun sprinkler to go with for a few extra bucks. My favorite thing to do is fill up the little pool with toys and let the kids entertain each other while I sit and watch with a glass of wine. I love when the neighborhood kids join so the other moms and I can catch up.
What things you like to do that cost little to no money? I am always looking for new ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
*This post originally ran last summer, with summer break happening now, I thought I would run this post again.