I know not all of my readers have young children in the house. Some are trying to find things for the pre-teen and the teenager to do now that summer is here and school is out.
With the cost of gas on the rise, our family has not been doing a lot of out of town outings as we used to do. There were days when I would pack up the girls and we would head to a beach an hour away. Now we travel just a few miles or less for fun stuff.
One place we go a lot is the local library. If you haven’t been to yours in a while, you really should check it out. I can’t guarantee that it will offer the same thing that our library offers-in fact, we have a really fantastic city library that really probably beats most in terms of activities and things to do-but I’m sure you will be able to find some fun things that are not costly and that are guaranteed to get your children involved in reading and the arts.
Our library is really phenomenal. The video room is almost as large as a small video store, and it offers new releases (in fact, I just rented Juno the other day, and saw 27 Dresses there as well) for just $2. Kids movies are only $2 as well, which is half of what we pay at the local video store.
We also have a great summer reading program in which the kids get special prizes each week for reading a certain number of pages or books. The storytime that goes along with the reading program is wonderful and meets a few times a week for free. On Saturdays this storytime has a craft that goes along with the story. Last week the girls finger painted. It was a great, cheap way to get out of the heat and around other children and, best of all, books!
In addition to those activities, our library offers a camp night where kids can show up and hang around the campfire while listening to books. Once a month is pajama storytime in the evening, complete with cookies and milk once the story has been read, and the library also offers a variety of plays and shows for kids that start at just a few dollars a person.
Older kids can enjoy summertime movies, such as Charlotte’s Web, as well as great reading programs in the summer and computer usage year around (as if they can’t get enough of that at home!)
If you are at a loss for something to do one Saturday, load up the car and head to your local library. You just might find a great way to spend the weekend-for next to nothing!