7 Fun & Practically Free Outings

Rolled Coins by Gyslain Heurtel

It’s no secret that summertime in Phoenix can be rough. I’m not complaining since we certainly get our fair share of wonderful weather. It’s just that the traditional picnic in the park on a summer’s day is unspeakable when the mercury reads 110+ degrees. So entertaining the kids while school’s out is a bit more of a challenge, but after some serious head scratching, here is my list of fun outings to help pass the time — there’s one for each day of the week:

1 :: Roll the coins in your kid’s piggy banks then take to the bank. Don’t have a savings account for junior yet? Open one while you’re there.

2 :: Make treats and deliver to the fire or police station. If they’re not too busy they might be able to give you a tour so take the camera along.

3 :: Color a picture for a grandparent, aunt/uncle or cousin. Address an envelope and head to the post office. Let your kids pick out the stamp design and place their letter in the box.

4 :: Go to a local bakery and get a cookie. You may want to call ahead and see if there are certain times when you might be able to get a tour.

5 :: Window shop at your local pet store. Afterwards have your child draw a picture of the pet they want to bring home someday.

6 :: Collect old toys, clothes and shoes from around the house then go donate to a thrift store. While you’re there have a look around — you might just find a treasure.

7 :: I know it’s not the most creative idea, but what would a list like this one be without suggesting a trip to the library?

So there’s my list. What are your kids’ favorite outings?

The photo above is from Ghyslain Heurtel’s totally browse-worthy portfolio.

Bettijo Bridges

Administrator at Paging Supermom
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

3 thoughts on “7 Fun & Practically Free Outings”

  1. We’re at the library at least once, if not 2-3 times a week year round. My kids love it and I love it when they have fresh reading material for their quiet time each afternoon. New books = quieter time.

    Sending letters to family and friends is always fun. When they actually get a letter in return, that’s even better!

    I like the fire station idea. It’s been a few years since we did that. I’m putting that on our lesson plan for this month. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. What fun ideas! One thing to check on ahead of time, though…make sure your bank (or CU) will accept coins that have been rolled by the customer. As a former bank teller, I can’t tell you how many times I thought I was opening a roll of dimes and found pennies instead with a dime on each end…eventually we no longer accepted rolled coins, but used the coin machine to count all the change instead. So it’s worth a call ahead of time to avoid disappointment.


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