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5 budget-friendly ways to entertain kids this summer

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Keeping children entertained can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be expensive. Here are five great activities that won't break the bank this summer.

1. Take advantage of local parks

Head to your local park and make a day of it. Younger children can play on the playground equipment, while older kids can take advantage of the basketball courts and other facilities. 

Pack a picnic blanket and some sandwiches for an outdoor lunch. If your park has a pond, be sure to bring some bread for the ducks. Many parks also have walking and cycling trails, which are great ways to keep the kids entertained. 

2. Head to a community pool

Keeping cool this summer can be easy and cheap if you head to a community pool. Entrance fees are generally kept low, as they are run by city or county governments. If you pack enough sunscreen and food, the kids will likely be happy to stay all day - because who doesn't love a day at the pool?

3. Organize a scavenger hunt

Creating a fun adventure for kids can be as easy as making a scavenger hunt list. Give children a checklist of fun things to see around the neighborhood, or even in their own yard. Make sure they have a pen, so they can cross out items as they find them. 

Be sure to have a prize on hand when they have completed the list. Prizes can be cheap and simple, such as an ice cream cone or an extra 30 minutes of television time. 

4. Arts & Crafts

Crafting with your kids can be a great way to encourage their creativity while keeping to a budget. Supplies can be purchased at discount stores for a very small cost. You can also utilize items around the house for making crafts, such as spare buttons or scraps of cloth. You probably have more lying around than you realize. This is a particularly great activity to do on a rainy day. 

5. Go on a hike

Introduce your kids to nature by going on a hike. This is a great way to keep active this summer and to make sure children aren't spending too much time indoors. 

Make it educational by finding a list of common plants in your area and challenging the kids to keep an eye out for them. The same can be done for local wildlife. Be sure to pack snacks and plenty of water, as it's important to keep hydrated in the summer sun. 

Following these five budget-friendly tips can ensure that both children and parents are kept happy this summer.