Once school is out, you’ll probably hear your kids utter these words: “I’m bored.” Rather than let them turn on the TV or play video games, try any of these 50 free or cheap ways to entertain them. With the list, hopefully you won’t have to listen to your kids say they have nothing to do during the summer ever again.
Plant a garden. My kids love planting seeds in the spring and watching them grow through the summer.
Have a water balloon fight. Let the kids toss water balloons at each other or you. My youngest daughter loves the chance to soak her dad.
Go bowling. The Kids Bowl Free program allows kids to play two free games a day at participating bowling centers.
Watch birds. My friend and her two sons take their binoculars and a book of their state’s native birds to the backyard and try to identify as many birds as possible.
Create a water park in the backyard. Turn on the sprinkler, fill the baby pool, get out the Slip ‘N Slide and let the kids have fun cooling off on a hot day.
Take a bubble bath outside. If the kids are tiring of the inflatable pool, make it fun again by filling it with bubbles — and tossing small toys in for them to find under all the foam.
Visit the public library. Public libraries often offer free summer reading programs that include workshops, movies, children’s theater, puppet shows and more. Or just check out how-to books so you and your kids can learn something new together.