Author: Vicki Sleder, Marketing Associate, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank

 

August is Family Fun Month: The perfect excuse to get outdoors or to try something new with your family before school starts again. You don’t need a luxury vacation to spend quality time together this summer—there are plenty of ways to bond and have a blast without breaking the bank. Check out some of these ideas to help you get started.

  • Stargaze: With the help of a sky map—available online—you can try your hand at spotting the constellations and learning the interesting stories behind each one.
  • Go to the beach: Head to a public beach for a day of fun in the sun. A frisbee or football can liven up any beach trip, but don’t forget the sun block!
  • Have a picnic: Pack some food, call your friends and hit a nearby park for a picnic. Bring a deck of cards to keep things entertaining after you eat.
  • Visit a national or state park: Take a road trip to one of our nation’s 58 national parks or visit a state park near you—it’s a great way to learn about wildlife, history and nature. To take the fun a step further, make it a camping trip and stay overnight.
  • Go on a family bike ride: No matter how short or long the trip, family bike rides are a great way to keep your kids—and self—active in the summertime and take advantage of the warm weather. Make the end goal a fun destination, like a local ice cream shop. You’ve earned it!
  • Make mealtime interactive: Try cooking with your children—whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dough can be especially fun for kids to work with. Bonus points if you use family recipes handed down from relatives.
  • Rediscover your town: Make up a scavenger hunt around your own city or town, collecting items such as event flyers and restaurant take-out menus. You can explore a zoo or museum and locate different kinds of exhibits, or seek out interesting items in a thrift store. Scavenger hunts are a unique way to find your town’s hidden gems—parts you’ve never explored before.
  • Have a stay-cation: Sometimes the best vacations take place from the comfort of your own home. Make s’mores on a campfire and pitch a tent in your own backyard, build a blanket fort, run through a sprinkler, host a karaoke session or hold a game night with your neighbors and friends who also have children.

Take advantage of the remaining summer days by using some of these ideas—or come up with your own variations.

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