June 15, 2016

SUMMER FUN

When you think back as a kid what was the most memorable things you did over summer break!??
I'm pretty sure mine would be:
Swimming.
Camping.
Slip n Slide.
Riding bikes, and 
playing games!
Over half of those activities required very little effort from my parents or grandma's part (she watched us while my parents worked) and I just remember always playing outside, eating popsicles, playing in the water etc....
That's why this summer I'm really limiting the amount of screen time these kids are having and making sure we are playing outside (weather permitting) and eating lots of popsicles! :)
I'm also trying to take them on one "field trip" a week. It could be having a picnic at the park, going to the movies...hellooooo Finding Dory comes out this Friday or visiting a local children's museum, the possibilities are endless and you can still do outing with your kids on the cheap. 
Look for coupons, summer movie programs at your local theater, parks are free and I love to pack our own snacks because that's where they getcha! lol    


So to start things off this summer our first major field trip was the zoo!
Our local zoo here is very inexpensive, or at least I think, and the kids loved it. I'm pretty sure this was the first time Naomi has ever been to a zoo and I know my kids have been a handle full or times back in Cali. 
Dance in the misters...

Pay the extra $5 dollars to let the kids feed the giraffes...


Those are some of the memories that will last forever.

"Remember when I was little and you let me feed the giraffes...?!"


Bring grandparents along so they can create memories with the grand kids too.
(If they live near by of course.) 


This was 25 cents and he loved it!

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Now onto the water play!

My favorite places to buy fun water activities are Target or Walmart and I love a good fun Slip n Slide.

Slip n Slides these days are really cool, with lots or different features and price ranges.
This particular slide was $12 dollars and I mean if it last for 4 or 5 times then you got your moneys worth. 



We always have tons of laughs watching to kids and you can even create little competitions of who can slide the farthest... 


I always laugh because Naomi makes some of the silliest faces when it comes to water play, lol!


These are perfect photo opportunities too!


Now onto the much loved Little Tikes water slide.

Let me just lay it out for you...when you first purchase this, you feel like it is a big price tag for a water slide but mine has lasted for 3 years and it has paid for itself time and time again! 



I'm not sure if this particular slide is available because I purchased this 3 years ago from Walmart but I'm sure there's something similar or the colors have changed...


My biggest suggestions to making this slide last are...place it on an even part of grass, no rocks or dirt, you will make a hole. Also when putting it away, drain all the water out and leave it blown up to let it dry out and then roll it up tightly and place it back in the bag in a dry storage place (garage etc.).


Have your camera or these days your phone's camera out, haha, and take lots of pictures and at the end of summer you can make a fun photo book of all your summer fun memories!


Remember...summer fun with your kiddos doesn't have to be expensive!

Some of my best memories and my kid's involve little to no money.


If you are looking for ideas, here is a "Summer Bucket List" I created two years ago for you and your kids to have fun and it requires little to no planning!!! 




You know I'll be documenting and sharing our summer fun activities here and with you on Instagram at mehaffeymoments , follow along!


It's all about creating memories, not about how much money you are spending!

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