As you all know, I’m an MVP Generation Go Ambassador-and I’ve been talking each week about ideas to keep your family healthy and active! So far we’ve discussed Meal Planning, Kids and Youth Sports and active role models. This week the MVP Generation Go topic of the week is discovering your community!
While I know talking about community may seem a bit of a departure-it really does fit in with both frugal living and an active lifestyle! Even in the smallest community, there are many free and low cost opportunities to get out there and DO something. And every time you are out there doing something with your kids, they are NOT sitting in front of the TV, computer or video game proclaiming how bored they are
Let’s look at just a few of the opportunities that most communities out there have for frugal summer fun~I’m sure you can think of even more!
1. The Library
Most communities have a library-and if your town is to small to have one I’m willing to bet there is one just a community or two over. Libraries have tons of great free or low cost activities. Story hour for little kids, book clubs for teens and adults. Craft projects. Performances. Computer classes. And that’s just what my itty bitty town library offers!
2. Parks and Recreation Department
Parks. Swimming areas. Sports teams and clinics. Hiking and biking trails. Playgrounds. Nature walks. Parks and Rec usually has all of that and more! Our local department offers a free summer camp that is paid for by a big fall craft festival.
3. Places of Faith
In my area all of the local churches run free Vacation Bible School (VBS for short). I could send my kids to what amounts to a free evening bible “camp” with crafts, activities and snacks every night from 6-8 for the entire month of July if I hopped from the Congregationalist to the Baptists to the Methodists I know in some parts of the country VBS run in the morning or have a fee-but it’s usually fairly nominal (and if you are financially strapped you could ask about scholarships). Don’t worry if you don’t attend church much-most places look at it as an opportunity to let kids who don’t attend church learn all about God. Of course I know all about those because I’m Christian. I’m sure that many other faith groups run similar summer programs-check into yours!
When thinking about activities to do in your community, don’t forget volunteering. Having kids help others is a great way to build character and appreciation while getting out there and doing something! Maybe it’s Habitat for Humanity building a house in your area, or a food pantry that needs help. Reading to kids. Visiting nursing homes and hospitals. Working at a soup kitchen. Take a look around-read those fliers on the bulletin board at the library, community center or grocery store and see what’s up in your community.
There you have it, a few ways to get out and get active in your community! Now, here’s your chance to share more ideas AND be entered in to win a $50 Visa Giftcard courtesy of Kids Fun Plaza!
This giveaway starts today, July 26th and ends at midnight EST on Sunday July 31th. Winners will be announced next Monday.
To enter, we would like to know where their favorite place to go with your family in your community.
For an additional entry you can:
Tweet your ideas about how to get out and get active using the #GenerationGo & #Community in the tweet (one entry).
Don’t forget to head on over to the MVP Generation Go Facebook page andgive them a “like”! You’ll see all the great posts by the other Ambassadors-and to see their gift card giveaways as well!
DISCLOSURE: I am an MVP Generation Go ambassador. MVP Has provided me with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own. The $50 Gift Card for this giveaway was provided by Kids Fun Plaza.