Just a few short weeks ago I could not wait for school to be out. I was completely over packing lunches every day, I couldn't bear to sit in the pick up line at school for one more minute, and I was done with the morning battles over getting dressed. I knew summer was going to be so much better.
Now, only a month later, I'm wondering what planet I was living on -- and how I'm going to make it through the next two months trying to work full time from home while three kids use me as their personal jungle gym.
Lucky for me, I'm not the first mom to run into this issue. Here are some of my favorite boredom busting ideas, and a few I've "borrowed" from some other moms.
- Journals - So far my kids have bug journals and bird journals. Each time they find a new bug they study it, then draw a picture of it in their journals. If your kids are a little older, you could have them look the bug up online and write down some facts about it too.
- Explorers - Pack a back pack with lunch, water and a pair of homemade binoculars (our aren't quite this fancy) and explore the great outdoors.
- Nature Center - Our local nature center has classes throughout the week for various age ranges, including a cool night time stargazer class.
- KidsBowlFree.com - Just like it sounds. Sign up and they send you weekly coupons for free bowling.
- Free Regal movies - Regal Theaters show free movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
- Minor (or Major) league sports - They often have great deals on "the cheap seats" or you can get family 4-packs for a steal! Our MLB team has $4 "rock pile" tickets for every game.
- See your city - Since we moved to the mountains my kids love going down to the big city. They love to ride the free shuttle bus that goes through downtown. We also walk around and see interesting buildings, stop at any parks we pass, and jump in every fountain.
- Water park - Check your local water and splash parks to see if they have discounts for residents of the county, or if they have discounted "twilight" hours in the evening.
- Reading - Most libraries do a summer reading program. After 8 hours of reading, our library gives each child tickets to the local amusement park. Barnes & Noble has their own summer reading program for kids in 1st grade and up. Upon completion of 8 books, your child can pick out a free book in their store.
- Museum - Target sponsors free days at a ton of museums and children's museums across the country. Check here for one near you!
- Free days - Google "free days" and your city name or check out your local Parents type magazine. They always have the best free events listed from street fairs to movies in the park.