School’s out for summer!
Which means the kids are home. And after a few days of basking in their newfound freedom, they’ll inevitably start to feel boredom set in… which can make the days very, very long for some parents! Toyota of Orlando has tips to help you keep the kids occupied and happy all summer long without having to spend a ton of money. Let’s get started!
How can you keep your little ones occupied all summer long?
Tip #1: Take it outside. Spending time outside in the early morning and early evening isn’t that intolerable, even in the dead of summer. Spray paint a Twister board on the lawn, make a floating scrabble board for the pool, or set up a reading station in your yard to keep the kids busy. The novelty of doing inside things outside is fun, and it’s a good way to get them fresh air and away from the TV. If you’re going to be outside in the heat of the day, involve water of some sort, whether it’s pool time or just setting up a few sprinklers in the yard for them to play in. Pro tip – washing the car can become a game with the right attitude.
Tip #2: Invest in season passes. There are tons of attractions in Orlando, and many of them offer discounted season passes. Check out any of the local water parks – Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, etc. They should be relatively empty on weekdays and it’s an easy way to cool off. You can also pick up season passes to the aquarium on I-Drive, the Orlando Science Center, any of the theme parks, Fun Spot, and the Crayola Experience! It saves money and definitely keeps the little ones busy all day.
Tip #3: Hit the movies. A lot of theaters – like Regal and Cobb Cinemas – offer $1 or even free movies for kids during summer weekdays. There are also usually discounts on refreshments, and it’s 2+ hours you get to sit in the air conditioning and be entertained. What’s not to love?
Use our Orlando Toyota tips to keep everyone in the family busy!
Tip #4: Channel your inner Paul Hollywood. Take to the kitchen and get the kids involved in baking! They can help you bake up your own sweet treats, or you can look up recipes to bake goodies for the family pets or even make bird treats for the winged friends in your yard. It’s also a great way to teach kids numbers, measurements, and simple math.
Tip #5: Head to the shore. We live just 45 minutes or so from the beach, so pack up and hit the sand for the day! It’s free, fun, and relatively uncrowded on week days, depending which beach you choose. Tip – choose one with a lifeguard so you have an extra set of eyes.
Tip #6: Start a garden. Why not plant a garden in the backyard? The kids can help get it planted and also tend for it, and they’ll love reaping their rewards when things start to grow. Then you can cook with what you sow!
Tip #7: Get crafty. Set up a craft station (that’s age-appropriate) for your little ones. Beads, paint, coloring, collages, ribbons – the possibilities are endless, and supplies are cheap.
From our family to yours, have a great summer!