(TORONTO, ON) – The school doors burst open and screaming children rush out to embrace their two months of freedom. This scene will play out across Canada in the coming weeks as youngsters are packing up and celebrating “no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!”
However, summer brings a burden for parents who are tasked with keeping young children entertained. Moms and dads don’t want to plop their kids in front of the television all day, but they are also worried about the money needed to come up with fun activities day after day.
Jeff Schwartz, who juggles his time between being the executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada and keeping his three children at home entertained, has learned money is not always required for stimulating activities.
“The most effective way to entertain children when they are out of school is to engage their imagination. This doesn’t require money – just creativity,” advises Schwartz. “My personal philosophy is ‘Get up and get out’. Don’t waste time sitting on your couch and stay inside when the weather is gorgeous?”
Consolidated Credit offers the following tips to parents looking for some frugal summer vacation activities:
- Where’s the beach? – Nothing is better for a frugal-minded parent than a day at the beach. The kids have fun, you get to relax and everybody gets a tan! And the best part is – it doesn’t cost you a nickel.
- Photo Scavenger Hunt – A little preparation will give your kids hours of fun. Make a list of things that your kids need to find and take a picture of. They will happily explore the neighbourhood looking for a rosebush or an elusive squirrel. You can join in if you like or watch the fun while enjoying a glass of chilled iced tea on the back deck.
- Coloured chalk and a piece of sidewalk – Concrete squares of sidewalk are the perfect canvas for aspiring young artists. Turn the area in front of your home into an amateur art studio with nothing more than a box of coloured sidewalk chalk. Your little Van Goghs will get to exercise their creativity as the hours tick by.
- Backyard camping – You don’t have to go far to take a trip. The backyard is a perfect setting for an impromptu family vacation. All you need is some hot dogs, marshmallows and a few ghost stories. Even though you are just steps from you home, it will be a nice break from the normal routine.
“When it comes to having fun with your kids, spending time is more important than spending money,” says Schwartz. “Don’t worry about elaborate and expensive activities. The goal is to make memories – and they last a lifetime.”
About Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc.:
Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada is a national non-profit credit counselling organization that teaches consumers about personal finance.
For more information or to request an interview with Jeffrey Schwartz, please contact:
Eric Spence, Public Relations Coordinator, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc., T: 416-915-7283 ext.1041, C: 416-731-5588, F: 416-915-5200, E: [email protected]