Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

August is Family Fun Month, and there are lots of ways to make the most of the final weeks of summer. Try these creative and free activities for the whole family to enjoy – all social-distancing friendly.

  • Backyard Flora and Fauna Search: Make a list of animals and plants that are native to your area, and have a competition to see which member of your family can find the most in your backyard. Not only will this give your child the opportunity to get excited about nature, but it also provides the chance to learn and observe more about his or her environment.
  • Kid-Friendly Cooking: Try a fun recipe together that requires a few steps that each member of your family can be in charge of. Cooking together, especially a dish that your child would like to eat, is a great way to teach patience, time management and most importantly, the joy of cooking.
  • Planting Seeds: Teach your child about gardening by planning ahead for the spring. Many plants that bloom in spring and early summer require planting bulbs in August, where they then grow roots all winter. Or, grab some smaller pots and plant seeds for herbs. When the weather gets cooler, just bring them inside.
  • Science Experiment: Whether it’s a baking soda and vinegar volcano, or a creative recipe to make your own slime out of school glue, get your child excited about science with materials that you likely already have lying around your house.
  • Origami Night: Crafting can be a fun social experience for kids and adults, while simultaneously enhancing geometry skills.
  • Camp in the Backyard:  As a low-stakes way to get outdoors, a camping staycation in your yard can provide the pleasure and thrill of a camping trip, while maintaining some necessary luxuries. Don’t forget the s’mores!
  • Sidewalk Chalk Contest: Offer your child the opportunity to get artistic, and cover the driveway or sidewalk in chalk. Get creative by making up your own games, and see how far chalk can take you.

You can use these ideas to come up with many variations of fun family activities. In saving money on kid-friendly summer activities, you may find yourself with greater savings to invest back into your child’s NEST 529 account. Have a fun activity that’s not on the list? We’d love to hear from you: reach out to us on Facebook or by email at to share your great suggestions.