Believe me…after coming out of a pretty decent but cold winter of being couped up in the house with a set of 18 month old boy/girl twins (Jaxson & Jayla), I have literally been researching for months for super fun but inexpensive activities I can entertain my little ones with as the summer approaches! (Yes, I’m the dorky new mom who prides herself in researching online, by phone, and even driving by establishments to see what they have to offer the kiddos as well as my husband and I! Hell…we have to have fun too right?) LOL!
With that said, the greatest thing about the summer is that there are a plethora of activities for all ages that many times are free entry and free to enjoy! (at least it’s free “ENTRY”…and of course if you don’t count the snow-cones you buy for the kiddos by the pool, etc.)
So here is a list of things I plan to do this coming summer with my little ones! This list will also include activities that are suitable for your family when it is unbearably hot outside and it’s too hot to even go to the pool.
P.S. Please feel free to add some additional ideas you may have for fun summer activities in the comment section below! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
1. ATTEND A STORY-TIME AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY: This type of activity is not only typically free but it allows you to get out of the house with the kiddos for a bit and stay out of the heat for a bit. (For those of you who follow me on my Youtube Vlog Channel http://www.Youtube.com/TheSocialiteLifeTV, you know I am always reading to kiddos at home so getting them out of the house is key for me since the weather is finally nice!)
2. OUTDOOR PLAY-TIME AT HOME: This is probably going to be one of the activities that is the easiest to do since you’ll more than likely do this from the comfort of your home. (In the backyard of course!) Grab yourself a cheap (but sturdy) baby pool, fill it up with water, throw in a couple of fun toys for the kids and have a BALL! You can even turn on the sprinklers and it’s a guaranteed good time! Throw a couple hot dogs and burgers on the grill and you have a fun family bbq! Here is a super cheap baby pool that has some great reviews if you’re looking for one: https://amzn.to/2kAbhYL
3. POOL TIME!: I know going to pool seems like the most OBVIOUS choice EVER as a summer activity but omg trust me…you won’t always want to deal with not only wrangling up the kiddos in the 100 + degree weather but also lugging all of the items you bring with you to make for a successfully fun day at the pool… items like the diaper bag(s), beach bag(s), flotation devices for each child and even some for the adults, toys, towels (if your pool doesn’t offer them), clothes for later, etc! Trust me, I plan in ADVANCE when I plan to spend the day at the pool. (i.e. Setting aside outfits for myself and the kids, packing everything for the diaper and pool bags, etc, are all done THE NIGHT BEFORE a day out at the pool for me!)
4. GO TO THE ZOO OR A PETTING FARM: Naturally, reserve this particular activity when it’s a bit cooler outside but this is yet another activity where this is not only fun for the kids to discover animals but it’s also a great chance for me to apply what I’ve been teaching the kiddos when we read before bedtime. (They’ll finally get to physically SEE the lion that makes the ROAR sound they love to imitate when we read at night!) 🙂
5. PLAY WITH SIDEWALK CHALK: Again, naturally this would be ideal for a cooler day outside, but for under $10, you can get your hands on a box of side-walk chalk and go to town in your driveway with the kids drawing fun things! Might I suggest this set of sidewalk chalk: https://amzn.to/2LJ3iVA
6. PLAY WITH ORBEEZ WATER BALLS: I for whatever reason want to try these weird looking balls. LOL! They are great for sensory development but also just super fun to play with! Just be aware that the kids will need to be supervised the entire time you use these colorful balls of fun. You can fill your bath tub with water, throw them in and play with these squishy colorful balls or to avoid making a mess inside, take them outside and fill up your baby pool with them! Here are the balls I’m talking about: https://amzn.to/2L7TCCX
7. GO TO A LOCAL GYMBOREE OR KIDS GYM: The only issue I’ve found with them is that the open gym-times are few and far between depending on what location you are looking to go to and if you want a membership, there are on the pricey side so just be aware of this. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how this particular activity pans out.
Those were just a few of the activities I plan on taking part in with the twins this summer! Let me know if you have any suggestions down below in the comments! I’d love to hear about them!
CHEERS TO A SUPER FUN-FILLED SUMMER!
LOVE YA’LL! XOXO