Blue Bell creamery – We have a Blue Bell plant in our area that allows tours. The cost is minimal and it’s a great experience.
Pumpkin Patch – I’m sure most of you have one of these in your area. We have one particular pumpkin patch that we prefer to visit.
Nature Center – Sometimes local parks or state parks have facilities or a visitor’s center you can tour and even paths you can explore. Take along a cloud identifier or animal tracks finder or animal habitat identifier to enhance your visit!
Wild Animal Park – We’re lucky enough to have a wild animal park near us. Ours is a little pricey, so it’s not something we frequent. But, a great learning experience for Science!!
Bakeries – We have a baking/cake decorating store that offers children’s classes in the summer for a fee. But, once a month they also offer a cake/cookie decorating class for kids ages 2 and up. We’ve been a couple times and my kids have thoroughly enjoyed it! But, if you don’t have a bakery in your area you can do this on your own and have a GREAT day with the kiddos!!
Krispy Kreme – if you have one in your area, they offerFREE tours!!! Just call ahead and schedule your group! Plus…you get aFREE donut out of the deal! Can’t beat that!
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM – We have a local tree farm here. Although we’ve never visited it, I plan to add that into our homeschooling plans this year! We’ll just add it into our Christmas curriculum!
Local Fire station – Our local fire stations welcome kids anytime! It is helpful to call ahead for a tour though. And don’t forget…make some cookies, candy or something special to tell them how much you appreciate their hard work in keeping your family safe!!
Local Zoo – We have a year-round pass to our local zoo for a nominal fee. The Zoo is a great place to have fun while learning!! Read more here about activities I use to help us learn while visiting the zoo!! Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
Museums – We have several local museums. Be sure to check their websites for special exhibits & youth activities. Ours usually offers aFREE day twice a year w/ children’s activities. Don’t forget to check out area children’s museums that might be just a short drive!!
Some other fun andFREEactivities that our family is going to try this summer include:
DIY Backyard Water Park – set up your sprinkler (or two), a slip-n-slide (or a long sheet of plastic), a small kiddie pool, water guns, water balloons or just use whatever you have! Be creative and have fun!!!
Backyard Camping – Or indoor, living room camping if your kids won’t sleep outside or the weather’s not cooperating! Make a night of it with the kids. Let them help Dad set up the tent(s), roast marshmallows, make S’mores (be sure to check for local fire bans or warnings), roll out the sleeping bags, tell stories by flashlight, sing songs, play games around the “fire”…the options are endless here!!! Have your older kids help “plan” the camping trip. And most important – HAVEFUN!!!!
Scavenger Hunt – I remember doing these as a youngster myself. Oh what fun we had!! There are several different variations you can do for this. First though, you need to decide if you want a traditional pick-up-the-item as you go hunt or a video/picture hunt. Second, you need a list!! You can make your own or find some very creative and fun ones online. There are some great video/picture scavenger hunt lists online. Third, set a time frame for you to report back to “base”. Fourth…GO!!!! This is a wonderfulFREE option for family fun! Invite some friends along and make it a competition for added fun!
Splash Pads – These have become quite popular over the last few years. Most of our local parks (and even some neighborhood parks) have these wonderfully fun splash pads!!! They’re free and fun!! Pack a lunch and you’ve got it made!
Picnics – A family picnic is never a bad idea!! Plan ahead and have your kids help make the sandwiches and pack the lunches. Then, get out early so the kids can play before the heat of the day sets in! Have your picnic lunch, load up and come home to your nice, cool house to rest for the afternoon!!!!
Those are some of my ideas…what are yours? What are some fun, inexpensive ways your family likes to spend time together? Share them in the comments or leave a link to your own post about your favorite homeschool/family activities!!
P.S. I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to The Hubster for posting things this weekend and yesterday for me! Yes, I had to “fix” a couple things, but he helped keep my blog updated for my regular readers!! And, just in case you didn’t know…I’ve been laid up in the hospital since Friday night. I finally made it home to my sweet family tonight. My Crohn’s got the better of me this time and now I’m on a serious regiment of medication to get me through this set-back. Praise be to God for His healing hand that has been on me during this time (and from the beginning)!! Thank you all for your prayers and support! I am truly blessed!!
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