How to Choose the Best Outdoor Gear for Summer Activities

January 29th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

Regardless of the fact that many of us are facing a tight budget, the summer season is here and the kids are ready for some boredom-busting activities. But it doesn’t have to break the bank to keep them having fun and active. The best recollections are often created from lots of laughs, creative imaginations, and simple activities. Here are a few fun suggestions for enjoying your summer while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Throw a party with a theme. This is a fun thing to do for people of all ages. Visit your discount party supplier and purchase some themed decorations that feel as laid back and fun as summer. A luau is the most obvious choice. You can buy some grass skirts for the girls and some leis for the boys along with some themed paper plates and cups. Decoration ideas for your table and backyard are limitless at the discount party stores, use your creativity and make it feel like you’ve retreated to a tropical place where tikis fill the land and where no one has a care in the world!

Go camping. You can find some great camping equipment at yard sales or rummage sales. Many people buy tents, stoves, etc. and then only use them once or twice before donating them or having a yard sale. This is a great way to get camping supplies for less. If you prefer new discount camping gear, check out online discounters and buy closeouts for the best deals. You can purchase camping permits at your state parks, lakes, or beaches for great rates. You can even camp in your very own yard! Don’t leave out the graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate!

Try putting on the greens. Golfing is one of the best ways for children to practice their hand-eye coordination and develop necessary motor skills. It’s easy to find golf clubs; you can lease it at a local golf course, purchase it online, or buy second-hand. Miniature golf is especially enjoyable for the children because the course is easy to use, has fun themes at each hole, and the putters are small enough for even the youngest kids! The cost is usually pretty fair also.

Visit your local YMCA or community center. Not only do they have water games to keep your family cool on those scorching summer days, but they often have fun crafts, activites, and even tennis courts for the kids. This is another great way to get the kids to stay active while developing their motor coordination. Wilson tennis racquets can be purchased for almost nothing at a yard sale and can bring tons of fun! If you would like a new one, shop on the clearance area of your sports store or even online vendors who have overstocks on sale.

Purchase an above-ground pool. For about $100, you can purchase a stand-alone pool that will surely be a splash with the kids for the entire summer! It can be a great way to bring their friends together in one place while keeping them busy for hours and keeping them cool. Summer is the time to get the best deals on seasonal items, so check online and in your local discount stores for specials on these great items! The best part is that you don’t need a huge yard in order to put one together.

Even with the limitations of a tight budget, you can still make the best out of this year’s summer break! Try these suggestions out and create some more of your own. With some creative juices flowing, you can have a few months of relaxation and good times that will make lasting memories!




By: Frank Stewart