By Ihor Cap
It is summer time. School’s out and you, like many other families with children are wondering how to keep them busy without spending a lot of money. One of the first things to keep in mind as a parent is to get your children outdoors, especially in the summertime. No excuses. They need there vitamin D you know. They can stay indoors when it gets colder outside. They only have a couple of warm summer months ahead of them before school starts again, so make sure they get to spend much of it outdoors.
There are many things a family can do with their children outside. Check the web site for your locality to see what amenities are available in your area and operating hours. The city amenities I describe herein are free but they may have a small fee attached to it in your area depending on the services offered. They usually open by the end of June and close around the first week of September, right before school starts.
Children love play dates
The School Playground and Local Park
Splash parks, Spray pads, Wading pools and all that Jazz
Splash parks and wading pools are cool. What a fun way to spend an hour of your time with your children. Designed to entertain children 12 years of age and under, these spray grounds may include but are not limited to spray pads, liner pools, outdoor wading pools, playground/slide/sprayer combinations, water play equipment only, and parks with spray features only. The wading pools are no deeper than 24 inches or 60 centimeters. Some splash parks are also wheelchair accessible. My children especially love the water slides but a healthy mix of all of the above activities may be best for them.
Dress appropriately for the activity you have in mind. Wear protective safety equipment when riding a bike, skateboarding or roller-blading and the like. Wear a hat, put on some sunscreen, and bring a change of clothes for your children, where necessary. Supervise your children at all times. Follow the rules, play safely and above all have fun!
Ihor Cap is a Web Author and Dad.
Playdate By English: Pfc. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Playground Swings By Mark Ahsmann (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Sports_icon By Pepetps (made by myself) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Splash pad park by Larry D. Moore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL
(http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons