IDEAS & RESOURCES
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Frugal Family Fun

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Various studies have shown the importance of families spending time together. Children feel valued, memories are created and lifestyle choices are improved.

Most people think great family memories involve visits to amusement parks or trips to a tropical resort. Not so. Children want their parents to spend quality time with them on a daily basis and it’s those experiences that really count.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Things to do at home Places to go


Activities You Can Do At Home

Activity Website Link
One great (and free!) summer planner ykids.org Click to Visit Site
Two awesome sites for fun toy car ideas kidsactivitiesblog.com

notimeforflashcards.com
Three simple scavenger hunts imom.com Click to Visit Site
Four liquid lab experiments growingajeweledrose.com Click to Visit Site
Five tips for gardening with your kids peacebutnotquiet.com Click to Visit Site
Six summer craft ideas homexgarden.com Click to Visit Site
Seven easy button crafts for kids of all ages todaysparent.com Click to Visit Site
Eight fun snacks for kids learnwithplayathome.com Click to Visit Site
Nine outdoor games mykidsadventures.com Click to Visit Site
Ten kindergarten readiness activities for summer lalymom.com Click to Visit Site
Eleven free reading reward programs freebies.about.com Click to Visit Site
Twelve collaborative art projects for kids to do together artcuratorforkids.com Click to Visit Site
Thirteen ideas for making a summer bucket of fun list knoxville.citymomsblog.com Click to Visit Site
Fourteen pirate themed activities fun-a-day.com Click to Visit Site
Fifteen beginning chapter books for ages 6-9 imaginationsoup.net Click to Visit Site
Sixteen fun brain-boosting games parenting.com Click to Visit Site
Seventeen+ sensory play ideas mysmallpotatoes.com Click to Visit Site
Eighteen free or almost free things to add to your backyard play space happyhooligans.ca Click to Visit Site
Nineteen rainy day summer activities momadvice.com Click to Visit Site
Twenty summer writing ideas for kids imaginationsoup.net Click to Visit Site
Infinity and beyond - leaving time for unstructured play seattlemamadoc.seattlechildrens.org Click to Visit Site

Places to Go

Activity Website Link(s)
Kid friendly alternative hikes to beat the crowds parentmap.com Click to Visit Site
Visit a national park for free nps.gov Click to Visit Site
Watch $1 summer family movies

Or see an outdoor movie for $5
thriftynorthwestmom.com

epiceap.com
Discover a new park seattleandsound.com
Find a festival or fair seattleandsound.com
Get your groove on at a summer concert redtri.com
If the weather’s bad, escape to an indoor park kentwa.gov
Ride a carousel you've never ridden carousels.org
Visit a farm in the heart of Bellevue redtri.com
Go to a museum on their free day
Or get passes for museums free through the library
parentmap.com

spl.org
Go fishing parentmap.com
Explore new flowers and plants at Seattle’s secret gardens parentmap.com
Learn about bats on a bat walk batsnorthwest.org
Go skating for free kidsskatefree.com
Catch the Mariners on-the-cheap thriftynorthwestmom.com
Ride tractors on a farm foxhollowfamilyfarm.com
Give back with local family volunteer opportunities parentmap.com
Visit nine waterfall hikes close to home parentmap.com