5 Free Summer Programs for Kids

Summer vacation is the time for kids to really enjoy themselves and learn new things. If you want your kids to spend time with other kids while you are busy at work, there are many summer camps to keep them occupied. But if you are on a budget, you may be looking for free activities for the kids to participate in.

Here are 5 free summer programs for your kids:

1. Hiking in the park

 A day's hike in the countryside is not only fun, it is also healthy and educational. Take them to the nearest nature park with hiking trails. If your kids are not averse to walking, they will simply love it. Plan in advance and take a packed lunch and a lot of water. It would be a good idea to give each kid a backpack to carry the things they will need on the way. Make it a whole day event so that you can walk in leisure and enjoy every minute of it.

2. Bike riding

Going for a bike ride on a bike trail can be very enjoyable and is a great way for the whole family to exercise. If you don't have bikes, you can rent them. Consider going for a bike ride outside of your local area. Search for bike trails in a new city and enjoy a day bike riding. Don’t forget to pack a lunch, so you don’t have to cut your bike ride short to get something to eat.

3.     A visit to the city library

A visit to the local library doesn't cost anything at all. Guide your kids to the section containing the books you want them to read, but let them choose their own books. Encourage them to browse as many books as they can and check out the books they like, so they can read at home.

4.     A day at the beach

Who doesn’t like the beach? Make it a family day at the beach. Bring some games, pack a lunch and head to the beach. Invite some friends and family to make it even more fun! Some great beach games are volleyball, beach golf, Frisbee; you can also bring some kites to fly. If you’re kids are really young, you can also have a treasure hunt.

5.     A bird-watching trip

Bird-watching can be fun and it costs nothing. Your kids will get to see many birds in their natural habitat and learn about them. Bring a camera, binoculars and a backpack to carry everything. Parks are great for bird watching.

What are some activities you are doing with your kids this summer?

By Shondell Varcianna

July 11, 2014