School is out! What are the plans and who’s paying? LOL. Don’t worry Swaggerdad is always looking for the hook up. Check out these “FREE” activities you can do with your kids this summer. Let’s have some FREE fun!

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Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash

  1. Go On a Nature walk In a State Park

    Nature walks and hiking routes abound in state and national parks, catering to people of all ages and abilities. A walk in the woods allows you to take in the sights, sounds, and smells that nature has to offer.

    Do you require assistance in your search? Find a park or a forest near you with this helpful park locating tool from Discover the Forest.

2. Go To A Community Concert

Throughout the summer, several communities host open-air concerts. They’re usually held at a nearby park, so bring a picnic basket and a blanket and spread out with the whole family to listen to live music. To find out what’s available, simply Google “free concert” and the name of your city or metropolitan area.

3. Visit You Local Library

Keep them sharp, yeah school is over but they can always read. Check it out, a librarian or a community volunteer will read a story to any youngsters who happen to be present at most local libraries during “story hour.” It’s a fantastic method to introduce younger children to the wonders of literature. Since you’re already in the library, take advantage of the various services available there that aren’t limited to books. CDs, DVDs, audio books, and movie nights are all available at many libraries.

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Photo by Jamie Taylor on Unsplash

4. Have a Movie Marathon

The majority of households with children end up owning a DVD and Bluray library. Have a movie marathon on a particularly hot day. Allow each member of the family to select an appropriate film, then choose at random from that list. Keep an eye on them for as long as you want! On hotter days, we normally have a “little marathon,” conserving outdoor activities for the early morning or evening.

5.Make A Movie

Hey with all the technology we have, you could easily make a movie. Pull out your smart phones and let’s see who the next Spielberg is! Collaborate with the entire family on an idea, a storyboard, and the assembly of sets and props. Turn on the camera, capture some moments, then patch them together quickly and admire your work. You can create a music video, a comedy, or a tragic film… the possibilities are endless.

6.Visit A Museum

If you pay attention, many museums offer free family days or heavily discounted passes. A day spent at any type of museum can be a fantastic way to pass the time. Any exhibit that allows them to touch and play is always a hit.

7. Do Some Volunteer Work

Many community projects and organizations would welcome your family’s volunteer services. You may spend an afternoon in a retirement center running modest errands for residents, stocking shelves at a food pantry, or cleaning a soup kitchen. Volunteering may teach your family important lessons while also demonstrating the value of purposeful hard work. Check your local community center for more info.

Photo by @SwaggerDad

Photo by @SwaggerDad

8. Find unwanted things around your home and donate them to charity

Another philanthropic alternative is to just go through your closets and toy boxes and discover stuff that you no longer need or want that would be useful to another family, then give them to a charity like Goodwill.

This can often lead to discussions about what charity is, the importance of helping others, and how charities operate.

9. Write a Letter To Family and Friends

There are few things more pleasant than receiving a heartfelt handwritten message in the mail. Knowing this, we’ll occasionally sit down and send letters to relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. They may respond, but it’s more often than not just fun to show these individuals that we care and are thinking about them in a more tangible way than sending an email.

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Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash

10. Create a Comic Book

This is a fantastic activity for families who have some painting and storytelling abilities. Create a basic comic book plot, then assign some individuals to draw the visuals while others fill in the descriptions and art bubbles. In our family, my son is the one who enjoys drawing the most, thus he usually draws the majority of the pictures. I like coming up with the story’s basic foundations and some plot concepts.This summer we’ll create our first comic book.. Stay Tuned!!

By Danny “Moya” Reyes

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