Last year, the governor of Maryland, where we call home, made a law mandating that Maryland public school students wouldn’t have to return to the classroom following the summer break until after Labor Day.
Thank you Mr. Governor!
We have been thoroughly enjoying the longest summer we’ve ever had and are so excited that we have five full weeks until it is time to head back into the classroom!
And we aren’t using it to be summer time slackers –we’ve hit the beach, gone to Disney World, swam, hiked, had movie marathons, read some great books, and tons more.
We still plan to spend a few days cabin camping and exploring downtown D.C.
But, the most exciting and memorable parts of our summer have been just spending time at Mimi and Papas’ house soaking up some good old fashioned backyard fun.
Because we are in the expensive process of buying and selling a home, we have tried to cut back significantly on excessive spending. That means we’re doing a bunch of things like swimming, yard games, and backyard summer activities that cost little more than whatever the going rate for a bag of marshmallows and a box of graham crackers is right now.
The Dudes were recently sent these awesome Energizer headlights that have seriously brightened (see what I did there?!) their backyard summer activities.
They love that they can strap them to their heads and enjoy their fun hands-free and they have quickly become a summer fun essential item!
Looking for some low cost, low maintenance ways to enjoy the rest of your summer without leaving your backyard? Check out our big list of ideas.
15 Super Easy & Totally Affordable Backyard Summer Activities for Kids
Put up a tent and sleep under the stars.
Tell scary stories under the moonlight.
Strap on an Energizer headlight (or grab a flashlight) and play tag.
Build a fort.
Build a fairy garden.
And a vegetable garden too.
Make a fire (use your BBQ pit if you have one) and roast marshmallows.
Set up and obstacle course.
Watch a movie on a giant, inflatable screen.
Set up a carnival with DIY carnival games.
Play in the water (if you have a pool, awesome, if not, the water hose will do!)
Blow massive bubbles.
Paint a bird feeder.
Play a word game with sidewalk chalk.
Looking for more ways to enjoy your summer fun? And to the awesome with these must have water toys.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Energizer. All opinions are my own.