We just started summer vacation on Monday. It’s going GREAT.
By the end of day 2, I was ready for our summer vacation to be OVER. We had already gone swimming, watched a movie, gone on bike rides… now what? When you’re on a limited budget, it can be tough to find fun, inexpensive things to do. You can make your own AT HOME SUMMER CAMP, like I’ve written about today over at Columbia Moms Blog. You can also find some great educational AND entertaining websites for your kids. Here is a list of 6 sites with fun activities for kids that I found:
Scratch : Scratch is a tool that teaches kids to be creative, reason systematically, and work in a group. The user can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share them with the community online.
Scholastic – chock full of activity ideas – covering reading, writing, outdoor activities, math, science, food… you name it. They have pages of free printables as well – great FREE activities by age range to keep your kid busy!
Meet me at Midnight by the Smithsonian. If your kids liked the movie Night at the Museum, they are going to LOVE this! This is an animated program that takes you on tours and adventures of museums at night – when all the adventures come alive!
Kids.gov – touted as a “safe place to learn and play” has some really cool programs, webcasts, games, activities. Now, I know I’m a little on the geeky side, but when I opened up this site, I couldn’t wait to jump in and start learning. I hope my kids feel the same way!
Don’t forget about PBS! They have all kinds of online activities and games, free printables, and ideas for crafts and games.
Brain Chase – this might be one of the coolest sites I’ve seen yet. This is an exciting adventure that begins on June 22nd. It’s an animated online scavenger/treasure hunt – using reading, writing, and math skills to get clues and move on. This adventure is not free, but if you have a child who loves adventure, it may be worth the investment. It looks so exciting, I’m half tempted to register myself!
Do you have any favorite fun sites for young kids?
I’d love to hear your ideas for summer fun on a limited budget!
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Janine Huldie saysJune 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm
Thank you so much for sharing for sharing this here as I most definitely am going to use a few of these this summer for both girls.
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Chris Carter saysJune 11, 2015 at 9:08 am
These sound awesome!! I am pinning for later use, because LORD knows the pool and the camps and the fun will surely die down… We’re not there yet, but I know it’s a comin’!!
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Katie Looms saysJune 18, 2015 at 3:13 am
I am just discovering all of these! It’s quite a lot to take in but hey, I ain’t complaining, sister! All for them kids, all for them.
Thanks a bunch honey!
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Michelle saysNovember 4, 2015 at 12:33 pm
With three kids of my own, I am always looking for ideas to spend quality time with my daughters.
yann saysApril 26, 2016 at 12:13 pm
BBC Kids , supports children’s learning at home, school or during holidays
katbiggie saysApril 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm
Thanks for that information!
Ivy Norton saysJuly 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm
Thanks for sharing this great list, my kids love watching PBS and I never knew how useful their site can be!
Vicky saysMarch 14, 2017 at 5:08 am
summer vacation are about to come and its going to be fun with my children.
Alden Smith saysMarch 25, 2019 at 8:26 am
Thanks for sharing this great List.