I dream about my summer vacation all year long and think about how nice it will be to not have to drag myself out of bed every morning. And then it gets here and I spend about a week at home working around the house and I’m over it. I do like to sleep in a little later each day, but I start getting cabin fever pretty quickly.
This year I decided I was going to nip the cabin fever in the bud before I started to question my sanity. I looked around to find some fun stuff to do without spending a ton of money and thought I’d share what I’ve found so far.
Monday I took Bennett to story hour at our local library. It was completely free and included a snack and drink. The kids listened to a story, got to see a real piece of construction equipment (which went with the book they read), and then broke into two teams to play a game. Here is a copy of the themes Munford Library will be following each week.
Before we left the library, Bennett picked out a book to take home for the week. He chose The Lorax by Dr. Seuss because he loves the movie. So, the next day, we read the book, watched the movie, and then pulled out the paint and sketch paper to make our own Truffula trees. He followed my lead and painted the whole thing by himself except the actual Lorax. He didn’t make it quite as far as I did, but he had a great time while we worked on them, so I think we’ll try to do some kind of activity with each book he checks out this summer.
Our local movie theater has teamed up with several sponsors to offer a free movie on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer. They are also offering a child’s drink and popcorn for $3, which is much more manageable than normal prices. We went this Wednesday and have already snagged tickets to next week’s show as well. Here is a copy of the schedule for the movies at Atoka’s Cineplanet 16.
A friend reminded me about kidsbowlfree.com. This program is offered across the country and offers registered kids two free games of bowling each day throughout the summer. Shoe rental is not included, but only costs $2. You can also get a family pass for up to 4 adults for about $25. This allows each of the adults to play up to two free games per day with the children. I think this is a steal!
Otherwise, I think our days will be filled with swimming with friends and play dates at the park.
Got any other summer sanity saving ideas? I’d love to hear them!