School is almost out which means both my kiddos will be home full time. During the summer I want to keep them engaged and learning all while having a little bit of fun. Living in such a wonderful city of Portland, OR we really enjoy spending time together as a family and some of the best summer memories are made right near home! As a family of 5 we are also on a budget and we’ve learned to have fun without spending a ton of money doing it!
Living near the city there are plenty of local parks and places to play. Here in Portland we have many city parks that also have water fountains for the kids to play in. It’s a refreshing and free way to spend the days outdoors having fun, pack sandwiches, salads, and water bottles and enjoy lunch outdoors!
Another great way to spend time together as a family without breaking the bank is exploring what your city has to offer. We found our local library has loaner passes for local spots. Which means that you can get into museums, and local attractions free all you have to do is return the pass as you would a library book. It’s easy and worth looking into and is a great way to see local hot spots for free.
We also enjoy walking the markets here in Portland and spending time downtown.
Exploring where you live in one of the best ways to find affordable and fun activities for your family. The most important thing to remember is that having fun and making memories with your family doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to require a lot of planning.
Roast marshmallows in the backyard and sleep in a tent, all while having fun with supplies you already have around your home. Let the kiddos finger paint with chocolate pudding or even help paint the backyard fence, there’s so many ways to enjoy time as a family together. Some of the best and easiest ways to make memories with your family are also the most affordable so explore your community and have fun doing it!
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