August is a time to celebrate with the family. Here are just a few things you can do for August’s Family Fun Month and many cost absolutely nothing.
Play a Game
Whether it’s a rousing game of Operation indoors or hide and seek in the yard, get everyone together and spend some quality time. Games strengthen the family bond and teach everyone how to handle wins and losses gracefully.
Pack a Picnic Lunch
There’s something very special about packing a picnic lunch, visiting a nearby park, and breaking the routine. Grab a cooler, toss in some goodies, and walk or drive to a shady spot. Bring along a Frisbee or football and you’re sure to have a blast.
Set Up a Sprinkler
If you’re strapped for cash, you can still have fun. Set up a sprinkler, turn on the hose, and get the entire family to run through the spray. It brings out the kid in everyone and waters the lawn too.
Go to a Pool
Swimming remains an affordable, healthy activity for families. Play a game of Marco Polo, race across the pool, or see who can hold their breath the longest.
Hit the Beach
Rhode Island has nearly 400 miles of beachfront and many are perfectly suited to families. Grab a few towels, an umbrella, and the sunscreen, build sandcastles, go for a swim, or take a walk along the shores.
Ride a Bike
Pull out a neighborhood map, have the youngest close their eyes and point, and then visit the park that’s closest to their mark. It’s a great way to teach the kids about cycling safety and to discover the wonders in your own neighborhood.
Geocaching is a free activity suitable for kids and adults. It’s a modern day treasure hunt that relies on GPS technology. Many geocaches exist on Rhode Island and many adventures suit children.
Visit a Museum
Pretty much any town or city has a museum of some sort and you can pick what interests your family. Some offer free days and others have nominal fees, but they’re certain to provide insight into your area’s history.
Go to a Zoo or Aquarium
Rhode Island has countless worthwhile zoos and aquariums worthy of a visit. Many offer family fun activities, reasonable admission prices, and oodles of learning opportunities.
Check Out the Library
Libraries are great, often underused community resources. They not only have books, but videos, DVDs, classes, and hands-on activities. The best part is that almost everything is free. Just find the one closest to you here and then Google their name and “activities”.
Camp in the Yard
Campsites are often crowded and expensive, so why not set up the tent in the yard instead. If you don’t have a tent, build a fort out of blankets and lawn chairs. Sleep outside, make s’mores, stare at the stars, tell stories, and have fun.
If you’re planning on driving, don’t forget to check your auto insurance before you go. State minimums don’t provide adequate protection for your family. It only takes a moment to review your coverage, so give your agent a quick call.