Tutor Doctor | Apr 29, 2013

Cheap Summer Vacation Activities for the Whole Family

Categories: Elementary School, High School, K-12, K12

The summer vacations are here and you know that it won’t take long before your students are ready for action. There are some things that you can do that won’t cost a fortune and will provide your family with fun activities.

Star gazing

Take a drive out of the city and pack a blanket or some camping chairs, a picnic dinner and your smart phones. Download an app to help you identify constellations and then head out to a picturesque natural setting. You can enjoy the setting sun while snacking on your picnic dinner. Once the sun sets, hold your smart phones up to the heavens. Your GPS will track your position and help you identify the constellations and stars that you can see. You can download apps for stargazing here.

International food festival

Take out an atlas and ask your students to show you where different countries are. Pick a country to explore each week. You can play a game to find a country like pin the tail on the country or each sibling gets a turn to pick a country. Then find recipes from each country that your students can help you to cook. Cooking is a great life skill for students to master while reading recipes helps them to practice their reading skills. Following recipes is great practice for lab work and its fun too! This is a great way for students to learn about other cultures and cuisines.

Blanket forts

This is a great activity for a rainy day which you are never too old to enjoy. Think big by converting your living area to an indoor fort city. Furnish your indoor blanket fort with comfortable cushions and a picnic dinner. Plan activities that will keep older students engaged like board games, or bring your laptop in and watch a movie. You can also tell scary stories or listen to audio books.

Trivia night

This activity takes some preparation, but if your students are old enough, it’s a great way to keep them busy. Invite a couple of families for games night. Pick a couple of students to be the game masters. They must compile general trivia questions over a set number of categories like sports, history, literature, pop culture etc. They should also create answer sheets for each round (5-8 rounds work best). Families make up a team and get to answer questions in each round and the family with the most points wins the game.

You don’t have to go on vacation to have a good time in the summer; just a little planning will ensure an action packed summer that’s fun for the whole family.