4 Inexpensive Ways to Stay Cool with Your Family Over the Summer

Summers can be hot, but Florida summers are especially hot!

For those enjoying summer break, spend some time with your family!  Osceola Christian Preparatory School has a few things you can do over the summer with your family without having to spend a fortune.

Find a day to go to the beach. Take advantage of only having that one to two hour drive to either Florida beach coast.  Pack up some sandwiches and head out for some fun in the Sun!  All you need to cover the cost is the gas or bus expenses to get to the beach.  Head out in the early morning, then come back in the evening to fill up the day.

Have a pool day.  If the beach is still not an option, due to the distance, take a day to cool off in the community pool if there is one available in your area.

Parks! We don’t mean amusement parks, but ones with big grassy areas and trees!  Central Florida has plenty of local parks around that people can go out and enjoy a sport or have a walk. Bring a ball or Frisbee and have a picnic in the shade!

Backyard water fight!  Whether in your backyard or out in the community playground, a water fight is a great way to stay cool with your family.  Pull out the super soakers, soggy dodge balls, and water balloons!  There are games such as water balloon dodge ball, water duck-duck-goose (Where instead of tagging the person who calls you a goose, you have to get them wet with a water balloon.), and many other games with a staying-cool twist.

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Top 10 Family Fun Night Ideas

It’s no secret that spending time with your kids and making family time a priority is the way to secure your foundation in your children’s lives.  It makes them feel special that you are choosing to spend the time with them and it helps you to connect with them.

Here is some ideas we have found for a great Family Fun Night!

1. American Idol Night. Have two people in your family be the judges and the rest can be contestants.  If you have a smaller family (and you don’t mind embarrassing yourself) invite some neighbors over to join in the fun.  A karaoke machine is a fun way to spice this night up as well.

2. Home Video Night. All kids love to see themselves when they were younger.  Pop in a tape of their younger days or create a slideshow using pictures of them growing up.  Kids are also fascinated by their parents wedding tapes.  Just make sure to fast-forward if your video is 6 hours long.  The point is not to bore them to death.

3. Volunteer Night. Sign up to volunteer at a local place that needs help.  Specifying your volunteer work to something your child is interested in is a great way to start.  If your child loves animals, volunteer at the humane society.

4. Backyard Campout Night. Camping doesn’t have to take place in the forest.  Popping up the tent in the backyard is a great way to have a convenient vacation.  Remember to include all the things that you normally would at a campsite: s’mores, flashlights, sleeping bags, etc.

5. Family Website/Blog Night. We’ve all heard of family newsletters but join the age of technology and create a family website.  Have your kids help you pick out the layout, colors and design.  Gather together around the computer and decided what information to include on the site.  If you decide to do a blog gather around the computer on a specific night of the week and have the kids tell you what they think should be included.

6. Museum Night. You may be laughing right now when you think of your kids in a museum but hear us out!  Making a scavenger hunt within the museum is a great way for kids to interact with the exhibits.  Another activity in an art museum could include talking about each person’s favorite piece.  With some modern art your family could try to guess what the artist was thinking when they created their work.

7. Zoo Night. This night is pretty self explanatory however make sure to check out your zoo’s events calendar.  Often times zoo’s put on special exhibits or have new updates that your kids will love.  You could also take pictures of your kids doing their best imitation of certain animals.

8. Concert Night. Taking your kids to a concert exposes them to music/culture that they might not hear otherwise.  Outdoor concerts in the summer are great because they are more relaxed.  In the winter take your kids to a symphony.  Sometimes orchestras customize their concerts to put a twist on some songs that your kids might know!

9. Dessert Out Night. Surprise your kids by eating dinner at home and announcing that you’re taking them out for dessert!  If it’s warm, head to an outdoor ice cream parlor and if it’s colder, go out for warm apple pie.

10. $5 Dollar Shopping Night. Take your kids to a store like Target, Wal-Mart, or The Dollar Store and give them each $5.  Make it a contest to see who can buy the best item for the family just using that amount.  Let them know that they can buy numerous items and combing them to make their final purchase.  (Ex. buying letter stickers and spelling out your family’s name on a small scrapbook).