Spending time together as a family doesn’t have to involve stuff or leave you with a house full of clutter to pick up at the end of the day.
Take a trip to the library. Borrowing books from the library allows kids to experience a wide range of stories and books without overwhelming your bookshelves.
Go for an outdoor adventure. The DC metro area is a playground for outdoor adventures. See which parks are in your area here:
- Virginia – http://www.virginia.org/directory/OutdoorsandSports/StateParks/
- Maryland – http://www.dnr.state.md.us/cin/
- Washington D.C. – http://dpr.dc.gov/page/parks-and-recreation-facilities
Host a cooking class. If you’d rather not brave the intense summer heat, why not pass the time passing on a favorite family recipe? Spending time cooking with your kids is not only fun, but it takes care of an item on your checklist – making dinner!
Put on a family play. Have your kids write their own play or act out a story they already know. Use items from around the house to encourage creativity without purchasing more stuff.
Visit a museum; skip the gift shop. The DC metro area has a museum for any interest and as an added bonus all of the Smithsonian attractions are free of charge. Check out which might be the best for your kids at http://www.si.edu/Museums.