“I’m Bored!” Often a phrase that is like nails grating across a blackboard to a mom but you know money is tight and often you are living on less income while raising your children, so what is a mom to do?
I’ve compiled a list of things that are free or low-cost. Hopefully you will find something that you might want to do.
1. Creek stomping Grab an old pair of shoes, find a nearby creek and let your kids go.
2. Go on a hike. Fresh air, exercise and who knows what wildlife you may see.
3. Movie Night in area towns. Often local towns will offer free family movies. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open.
4. Mini-golfing. It teaches your child to take turns while having fun. Or better yet, make your own miniature golf course.
5. Biking. Find a bike trail and don’t forget those water bottles!
6. Find a farm to visit. Some communities with actually have farm tours.
10. Set up a screen or white sheet in your backyard and invite the neighbors for a movie night.
11. Volunteer to pull weeds in a public park or for an elderly person.
12. Go on a nature scavenger hunt. List provided in the link.
13. Bake cookies and deliver to neighbors.
14. Hold a block party.
15. Visit a veteran and sing patriotic songs. Ask them about when they served. Don’t forget to say “Thank you!”
16. Meet up with moms from your town for a picnic/breakfast/coffee.
17. Have a network of moms from your town on Facebook.
18. Visit a firehouse.
19. Hold a Bike Rodeo.
20. Go fishing.
21. Check out your local library activities.
22. Check out historical spots in your area. Take your kids on their own Trail Of History.
23. Meet some moms at a Chuck-E-Cheese or other Indoor Playground on a hot day. You get to socialize with moms in air conditioning while your kids get to burn off some energy. Pizza is just the icing on the cake.
24. Check out local fairs
25. Have a Tell-Me-A-Story time where everyone gets a chance to continue a story. Someone starts and everyone gets two minutes to continue the story. An hourglass timer would be a good visual reminder when to stop.
30. Visit an area zoo.
32. Make your own ice cream in a bag.
35. Have an excavation site in your backyard/sandbox. Hide tiny treasures and teach kids the proper way to excavate.
36. Pick up trash along a neighborhood street or park. Bring your own gloves!
37. Make musical instruments and have a parade in your backyard
38. Practice “Pay It Forward”. Go to a place with parking meters and add quarters.
40. Jump rope
42. Fly a kite
43. Float a boat
44. String popcorn and put out for animals Not just for Christmas anymore!
46. Have a car wash – for charity
47. Hold a movie marathon. Don’t forget the popcorn!
48. Memorize a Bible Passage/Verse as a family
49. Throw/kick a ball…. baseball, soccer, kickball
54. Go to a reusit shop and buy clothes for a fashion show
56. Play Simon Says
57. Play with shaving cream on a table
58. Use marshmallows and pretzels to create your own Tinker Toys
59. Go rollerblading or roller skating
60. Go on a butterfly safari
61. Plant a tree
62. Learn about bats and build a bat house
63. Learn about bees.
64. Visit a National Museum
65. Visit an aquarium.
66. Make posters on fire safety. Share ideas to practice fire safety
67. Make and take donuts to a police station or fire company.
68. Go to a nursing home and sing patriotic tunes or older songs through the hallways. Ask permission first!
69. Visit a nearby garden like Longwood Gardens or Hershey Gardens and learn the names of five new plants.
71. Fill 10 two-liter soda bottles with sand or small stones. Set them up like bowling pins. Use a ball to try to knock them down or put glow sticks in bottles for nighttime bowling.
72. Go to a school or park with a basketball net and play “HORSE“
73. If you live on a hill, create your own water slide
74. Invite your kids to a Wacky Tea Party.
75. Make cut-out sugar cookies in fun summer shapes
76. Hold a fake-Snake Hunt. Place several rubber snakes around your property and have the kids hunt for them.
77. Learn how to make soap
78. Offer to care for a mom’s children so she can get a day out. Your kids get playmates and maybe she will return the favor.
80. Create a mini car wash for your kids scooters and riding toys out of pool noodles, pvc pipes and sponges
83. Play Red Light-Green Light
86. Play Twister with a twist.
88. Start a nature journal
89. Learn how to make giant bubbles
90. Play Crab Soccer
91. Have them create scented sidewalk chalk and then turn them loose on your sidewalks
92. Create a lazer maze.
93. Phone photo scavenger hunt. Send them out with Camera Phones, ipods or cameras. A twist: They have to text you a photo of the latest item before you text them the next object to look for.
94. Make some candles
95. Play hop scotch. You can draw the squares with chalk.
96. Hold a army style boot camp
97. Start a rock collection
98. Create a fitness trail using chalk. I would put the activities further apart.
99. Have your kids play with some clean mud
100. Use chalk to create roads for matchbox cars/hot wheels