Kids Summer Activities Part 2-Fun In Your Community


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Finding Kids Summer Activities to do outside of our homes doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Below are some ideas for finding Summer Fun in our local communities.

Kids Summer Activities In Your Community

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Local Small Businesses-Our neighboring city is home to the South Bend Chocolate Factory. For a small fee they offer tours of the factory, complete with samples of chocolate after.

  • Try calling a local business like a Dairy Queen or ice cream shop and ask about a tour or a field-trip type visit.
  • Some bowling alleys will give a behind the scenes tour on their less busy days.
  • Call your Firehouse. Most fire stations welcome a chance to have kids come see the fire trucks. It’s important to call ahead to find out the best day and time to come.
  • Don’t be afraid to call around to other local businesses. You may be surprised what they would offer for a small group of kids.

Kids Bowl Free-Check out a great Summer Bowling Program where kids bowl Free. Click here to read all about the program from Wizard Lisa.

Local Museums-Find local museums in your area by going to museumsusa.org. A lot of museums offer special programs for kids and discounts throughout the Summer.

Local Small Businesses-Our neighboring city is home to the South Bend Chocolate Factory. For a small fee they offer tours of the factory, complete with samples of chocolate after.

  • Try calling a local business like a Dairy Queen or ice cream shop and ask about a tour or a field-trip type visit.
  • Some bowling alleys will give a behind the scenes tour on their less busy days. See our behind the scenes bowling fun HERE!
  • Call your Firehouse. Most fire stations welcome a chance to have kids come see the fire trucks. It’s important to call ahead to find out the best day and time to come.
  • Don’t be afraid to call around to other local businesses. You may be surprised what they would offer for a small group of kids.

Local Hotels- We have a couple of local hotels here in Northern Indiana that offer a family pool pass for a fee. If you don’t have your own pool or a community pool, this may be an option for you.

Dollar Movies-If you are lucky enough to have a dollar movie theater in your area then take advantage of it. Call and ask if they have a Summer Movie Program. Even if they don’t, you and your kids can still have a great time for little out of pocket.

Of course the kids are likely going to want something from the concession stand. We all know the popcorn and candy aren’t the same $1 that the movie costs. Before you go make sure and eat lunch or a snack, then have a plan. Explain your plan to your kids before-hand. For example when my son was younger I would tell him that he could have either popcorn or candy, but not both. A lot of times we went for an ice cream cone after and skipped the concession stand all together.

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7-11 Day-I know what you’re thinking! “How is going to 7-11 a fun Summer activity?” Think and see through your child’s eyes for a moment. We don’t always have to think of something big and grand to have fun! Try a 7-11 Slurpee Day. Make a big deal of it and explain that everyone gets one Slurpee-flavor of their choice. Then head to a local park or back home to the back yard to enjoy them. To stretch this idea even further you can make it a 7-11 week and for example, go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to a different 7-11 each time. (if you have multiple ones within a few miles like we do here) Each 7-11 around here carries some different flavors, so we are always excited to see what new flavors we can try. If you don’t have a 7-11 try Burger King for Slurpees/Slushies too.

Library Programs- Check out your local libraries as most have a Summer Reading Program and offer tons of activities throughout the Summer. My local library even offers reading rewards throughout the Summer. Check out this article for more information about local libraries.

Michaels Arts & Crafts-Michaels offers low cost or free family crafts in their stores. Check your local stores for details.

Local Parks-Find your local parks department website for a list of events for the Summer. If they don’t have a website you can make a day to go to the office and inquire about Summer activities throughout the local parks. A lot of parks will offer FREE Summer concerts which are great for an evening out with the family. You usually even bring a cooler and make it a picnic while enjoying the music.

Some parks will also host a family movie night on a huge movie screen, free activity classes for kids, and festivals for the whole family. Get to know your local parks and all they have to offer for the Summer.

Beach-Grab the beach ball, sand toys, pack a cooler, and head to the beach for the day. Take lots of pictures, and build sandcastles. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

It’s All About Presentation
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I believe that how we present our Summer ideas to the kids makes a big difference on how they receive them. It may sound cheesy, but if you are super excited about going to get a Slurpee and going to the park, your kids will pick up on that excitement and most of the time will get excited too. If you don’t seem happy or excited then your kids will probably not be either.

For instance if you say, “Well we only have $10.00 to spend, so I guess we will just go and get Slurpees and go to the park since we can’t afford to do anything else”.Your kids probably will not get that excited and just wish you had more than $10.00 to spend. On the other hand you could say this, “Guess what? We are going to have fun day! First, we are going to pack lunches in the cooler. Then we are going to go visit a special store (or say 7-11 if they are older and probably think you’re nuts if you say special store.) and everyone is going to get a Slurpee!!!!” “After that we are going to take our Slurpees and lunches and head to the park to have a picnic and play at the park!!” If you are excited they will be too! Try it and see what happens! Things that seem small to us can be big and exciting ideas to our kids!

At the end of the day take a look around your community. Kids summer activities are right in your own community. Investigate parks, businesses, libraries, etc. and see how much fun you and your kids can have fun right in your own community. Let me know about the activities you find. I would love to hear about them!

Click here to read Kids Summer Activities Part One-The Summer Fun House


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