By Sadaf Afshan

 

‘Mom, I’m bored!’ You must have been  hearing these words ever since self isolation due to the Covid 19 pandemic began. If you are running out of ideas on how to entertain your kids, there’s no need to fret. Here are some fun and simple ways to entertain them during the summer without breaking the bank.

Library Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libraries are now open after a long closure. Kids can rent movies and enjoy story telling sessions or workshops. During the summer the libraries may organize events such as magic shows, puppet shows, movie screenings etc. which are either free or have a very nominal entry fee. Check your local library schedule to see if they are offering such events.  Make sure to buy tickets well in advance as they sell out very quickly.

Waterfront

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake shores and beaches are the perfect summer escape where you can go alone or with a group of friends to unwind and relax. It’s a good idea to inquire about family-friendly spots before hitting the beach. Play beach volleyball, toss around a Frisbee or build sand castles. You can have a BBQ or bring a picnic lunch. Just keep an eye on the kids and make sure that everyone wears sunscreen.

Arts and Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing, painting, scrap booking, jewelry making…..the options are endless when it comes to kid-friendly arts and crafts. Head over to your nearest dollar store to buy inexpensive craft supplies and keep them busy for hours. If you are not the crafty types, watch some YouTube videos for inspiration and you might find yourself developing a hobby along with the kids.

 

Kitchen Fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Involve kids in the kitchen to make some fun treats as well as healthy recipes. Bake and decorate simple cupcakes or cookies. If it’s too hot to turn on the oven, whip up some frozen treats or healthy salads. Cooking and baking help to harness imagination, empowerment and creativity in kids. Picky eaters are more likely to try new dishes if they are involved in making them.

 

Nature Hikes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation areas and trails encourage kids to explore rocks, bugs, birds and plants. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and carry a small backpack with drinks and snacks. Make sure not to choose difficult or long trails for young children. You don’t want to end up carrying them on your shoulders while coming back!

 

Gardening

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gardening is a great summer activity for kids of all ages. It helps them to connect with nature and learn useful skills that will last a lifetime. You can plant flowers or herbs with them as they grow very quickly.

 

Parks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore different parks in your city. You may be able to use the picnic shelters and tennis courts. Kids can ride their bikes or scooters, blow bubbles and fly kites.

 

Remember, spending time with children is more important than spending money on them. Make this summer a time to bond, learn and explore together as a family. And most importantly, enjoy the summers!

 

About the author:

Sadaf Afshan writes a food blog My Culinary Adventures and owns an Islamic Clothing business Chosen Path Abayas.