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Gearing Up for Summer: Frugal Activities for Your Family

School’s almost out, which means that soon your kids—and you—will be looking for fun, summer fun 1summer activities to partake in. While summer may be a time for your kids to relax, it’s also a great time to plan some family adventures. Here’s a list of a few frugal summer activities to keep you and your kids entertained over the hot summer months.

“As a mother of three boys, with another child on the way, I am always on the lookout for fun activities for my kids to participate in—especially during the summer months,” explains Two Rivers Bank & Trust Sales and Service Representative Nicole Nihart. “Spending time with my kids during the summer is my favorite—there are so many awesome things to do and try!”

Hit the books
Your child’s learning and development does not have to stop just because it’s summer! Make sure your child is keeping up their learning during the summer months by visiting your local library, or enrolling your child in a summer reading program. Lots of libraries offer summer reading programs, including prizes and incentives for reaching reading benchmarks, as well as fun events and activities the whole family can enjoy together!

“Reading together is a great bonding activity,” says Nihart, “and will help get your child excited about reading and learning—plus the majority of library activities and programs are free or very low in cost.”

Go on a local adventure
Sometimes, the most fun things are right in your very own neighborhood! For frugal neighborhood activities with your family, check out your local museums, parks, hiking paths or summer fun 2vacation destinations for possible outings. If you decide to visit a local park, pack a picnic for you all to enjoy while you’re there. Remember, it’s not about where you go, but who you’re with—like your family!

“Lots of stores actually post local events or activities on a bulletin board for customers to review,” says Nihart. “When it comes to finding things to do in your neighborhood, you’d be surprised at what events are out there—you just have to open your eyes and look!”

Make your neighborhood a better place
Keep your children busy this summer, and show them the importance of team work, compassion and empathy by volunteering with local organizations in your neighborhood. Look around your neighborhood for organizations that need your help, or seek out organizations that your family has a specific interest in—like your church or local nursing home. An easy way to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area is to call your local volunteer center, which can be found online or in the Yellow Pages. Even if you’re not interested in going somewhere to volunteer, you can still show your kids how to make a difference by picking up trash in your neighborhood, planting flowers in your park or delivering a home-cooked meal to someone in need.

Camp out
Who says you have to go somewhere to camp? Camp out with your kids this summer in your own backyard! You can play games, cook up yummy camping food, take a hike around the summer fun 3neighborhood and enjoy delicious campfire desserts after the sun sets. Don’t forget to gather up your gear for an authentic camping experience! Before you go to the local store to buy equipment, see what you already have in your house. If you’re camping in your backyard, all you really need to worry about getting is a tent, sleeping bags and flashlights. Happy camping!

Whatever activities you decide to do with your family this summer, all of us at Two Rivers Bank & Trust hope you have a great summer spending time with those you love