Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day. I have already prepped for my eating of the doughnut. I have met my daily step goals, cut out processed sugars and counted calories so that I have a nice deficit at the end of the day.
I know that just because doughnuts have a holiday, I don’t have to have one but it is actually a good excuse to have one. I’m going to start checking the Internet for National Cheesecake Day, National Milkshake Day, National Key Lime Pie Day; you get the idea.
You can celebrate doughnut day by picking up multiple doughnuts,
making your own doughnuts,
or bringing out your best doughnut gear.
Don’t forget to check out your local Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme for possible deals on doughnuts. Local grocery stores and/ or bakeries might offer some as well.
The children and I are a little more than two weeks away from summer break. Because we are a one, full-time income family, we spend our summer on a budget. The funny thing is, there is plenty to do and below you will find some free programs and some that cost a little more or a little less. Please don’t hesitate to comment on this if you find some other good summer deals for the kids.
Here we go . . . . . .
Living in Florida has its perks, and one of them is the beautiful beaches. Although going to the beach is really not an expense, most of the areas surrounding them require you to pay for parking. Make sure to pack water, suntan lotion and some food for a nice day of swimming and enjoying the outdoors.
Public libraries are so wonderful, all year round. When you take your children to the library so they can pick up their summer reading books, make sure to check out some of their programs.
Aside from their regular story times for children of all ages, some of the offerings our local library has during the summer months are:
Musical Mayhem – Musical program filled with sound and science
Block Party – Fun building with Legos
Wonders of Nature – Wildlife live show
Don’t miss out on the local programs, check out your public library’s website to see what is available for you and your kids.
Public parks are another great way to have fun on a dime. Depending on where you live, donations may be mandatory. Check out your local public park website for hours and cost.
Free Summer Kids Movies
Our local Cobb movie theater has free summer kids movies, every week. They show the same two movies for three days during the week. Below are this year’s summer movies.
June 17, 18, 19
Walking with Dinosaurs (PG)
June 24, 25, 26
Free Birds (PG)
July 1, 2, 3
The Croods (PG)
Shark Tale (PG)
July 8, 9, 10
The Smurfs 2 (PG)
The SpongeBob Square Pants Movie (PG)
July 15, 16, 17
The Lego Movie (PG)
The Nut Job (PG)
July 22, 23, 24
Despicable Me 2 (PG)
July 29, 30, 31
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)
Escape from Planet Earth (PG)
August 5, 6, 7
Rio 2 (G)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG)
Not all Cobb Theatres provide this program, make sure to check their website.
County Summer Programs
Many counties provide wonderful summer programs.
The cost, per child, for two weeks, varies from the traditional camps ($76) to the specialty camps that include equestrian ($50 per day) and fishing ($76-120 per two weeks). There are also income based discounts, available.
Check out your local county’s website and see if there is anything that might work for you.
Michaels’ Art Classes
Michaels’ craft stores, provides some wonderful summer classes for the children.
Passport to Imagination is being offered in our area. This program lets the children take an imaginary road trip and they can craft history/nature inspired projects.
It’s a half-hour class on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the cost is only $2.00 per child. Both of my children loved this last year, and we opted to go once a week, instead of twice.
Check out Michaels’ website and see if your local store offers any programs.
Skating rinks usually offer summer deals. United Skates of America, Inc. Has Kids Funskate from 9am – 11:30 am for $5. The $5 includes skate rental. For 2 1/2 hours your kids will have fun, and have the entire afternoon for other things to do.
Check out your local skating rink for any programs that might be available.
Bowling anyone? AMF provides a great program that we take advantage of. During the summer, you can bowl 3 free games, this does not include shoe rental. We have never bowled more than two games, and it is a wonderful way to set up a play date with friends.
See if your local bowling alley provides a program like this, it may be worth the research.
If you live in the Tampa bay area, you can always check out Adventure Island this summer. For $43, your child can get unlimited weekday admission to Adventure Island. Because I am at home during the week, I found this deal appealing and for an adult pass it is $47.
This is definitely not a dime deal, especially if you have more than one child, but it is still less expensive than a week’s worth of summer camp. The pass does not include parking, so don’t forget to have $12 ready.
I hope you find this post a valuable resource this summer. I’m looking forward to spending some time using the different programs and of course, relaxing as well.
It’s that time of year again, time to start debating what activities we should have the kids tackle for the spring season. As parents, we are bombarded with articles and news reports about the obese epidemic and how important it is to make sure your kids are moving and not sitting in front of a computer or game console all the time. In between, working, school, and social activities; adding a sport can actually be what breaks the camel’s back.
Last fall, my husband and I decided that each child should be in an athletic activity. My daughter tackled soccer and my son baseball. I still remember the days we would be running around trying to get them to the correct activity after they completed their homework and faith formation activities that are also tackled throughout the week. Although my Husband and I try to break up the responsibilities, I am always the “Default” person; that means if he has a meeting or has to be out of town, I have to add that activity to my ever growing task list. I am not in any way kidding, I actually did a happy dance when the season was over.
Being a mother, guilt always sets in if you don’t do your best for the children. Both of my kids love playing sports, but half way through the season they start to miss being home, and having a routine. They love the team atmosphere but also start to show the wear and tear of not having Saturdays at home and having to have multiple activities during school days.
So, I did what probably a lot of Mom’s do: I went online and looked up some pros and cons to having kids in sports.
Children that play sports tend to become more disciplined, self-motivated, and responsible. They learn to sacrifice immediate gratification for long-term gain.
As a mother of a 4th grader that is being taught all the skills mentioned, it sounds like the personal development by athletic skills would be a great way to reinforce what she is being taught.
Students who participate in school sports tend to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
School sports can help students when they are applying to college. School sports may help show that the student has the ability to manage extra-curricular activities and their academic workload.
Students can sometimes lose focus on academics.
Sports can sometimes put unnecessary pressure on students to be the best, which may cause low self-esteem.
Possibility of long term injuries.
At the end of the day, I will consider how well the children are doing academically before I consider signing them up for a sport.
For those of you who would love to do more research, I have included a link to the article which provided me with my pros and cons list.
If you would like to read about how to make your child’s sports activity a positive one, the book below may be one to consider:
Please remember, these are just different resources out there, they are not by all means the only ones.
Personally, I have decided against sports for the season. In between academics and other activities we have going on, it would be too much for us at the moment.
Whatever you decide, good luck!
Don’t hesitate to suggest any other resources you have found while researching the benefits of sports for children.