Summer brings tons of fun family opportunities our way. Many are totally free, some cost a few extra dollars, and every now and then it’s okay for a little splurge. Here are some of our family’s ideas of a special treat:
- Mini golf: I always want to say “Putt-Putt” because it just makes sense in my head, but I’m quickly reminded by my husband that “Putt-Putt” is a brand name. Anyway, there’s a place near our house with a mini golf course, driving range, and batting cages that’s a great place to take the family for an evening out of the house.
- Baseball game: If your city has a minor league team, get your gloves ready to catch some fly balls and enjoy an evening at the ballpark. Never mind the fact that minor league teams often have ridiculous names (Flying Squirrels?! *sigh*). If it’s in your budget and you’re near a major league park, more power to ya! To save a few dollars, eat dinner before going or tailgate once you’re there. Then, spring for some ice cream during the game as a refreshing and cooling treat!
- - Hang out on the water: You might have to do a little research, but you can probably find a place to enjoy some water activities! There’s a lake about 35 minutes from our house that is peaceful and beautiful. You can purchase lessons and/or rent kayaks or sailboats for a fun afternoon. If you have a group of people, you can rent a pontoon boat for a few hours. It has the potential to be very inexpensive and they provide the captain! I’m really excited to do this once our kids are older! No, I’m not wishing my time away!
- Aquariums or zoos: Always armed with a coupon, I love places with neat animals. And so do my kids! We have a decent sized zoo within an hour’s drive and when I’m feeling particularly generous, I also love the Baltimore Aquarium. It’s only a few hours from us, and it’s worth every penny of its hefty admission cost. Find those coupons, I tell you!
- Theatre: Check out some of your local theatres for kids’ programs during the summer. Musicals, plays, puppet shows, etc. can be a good place to relax and stay indoors. There’s a Christian theatre group in our area that is out of this world. It’s comprised of children and youth who are incredible. I’ve never seen such talent (and my standards are very high) and they put on quality musicals throughout the year.
Add to the list! What’s near you that might be a splurge, but you’re willing to go for it?
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