Last summer I had a blast with my kids while they were on vacation.  My goal was to keep them as busy as possible so that I wouldn’t hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored”.  We did a ton of things together and created some pretty incredible memories.  It really was a great summer!

I’m not going to lie…going into it I was nervous.  What the heck was I going to do with 2 kids over the summer that would keep them entertained?  Would I lose my mind?  Would I go broke? Although I survived the Summer of 2013, Summer 2014 is almost here so I am back to planning our Summer Bucket List.

I thought I’d share Ways To Do More For Less This Summer

Ways To Do More For Less This Summer - TM2S

  • Take advantage of $1.00 movie theater deals


  • Check out the free bowling programs
  • Check Groupon for deals
  • Buy board games at Goodwill or a thrift store
  • Swap toys with another family
  • Be on the lookout for free Summer Concerts or Outdoor Movies in your city
  • Set up playdates and alternate homes so they get new experiences each time.
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Have them write a story that they add to everyday.  If they can’t write have them draw pictures of the various activities you do.
  • Have them create a talent show
  • Make paper planes, decorate them and try to fly them
  • Buy a kite from the Dollar Store and fly a kite
  • Create a treasure/scavenger hunt (you can get the supplies from the Dollar Tree)
  • Create new recipes together
  • Play sports, create tournaments.  You can even have them make up their own games.
  • Take them swimming
  • Go to the park
  • Beach
  • Picnic at the park or beach
  • Go to the library for free activities, books, movie and game rentals
  • Go bike riding
  • Go camping in your backyard
  • Go hiking
  • Plant vegetables and/or flowers

Any other Ways To Do More For Less This Summer that I may have missed?

What’s interesting is that despite all that we did, they sometimes had the nerve to say the words I longed not to hear.  Children! It’s never enough is it?