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Easy Summer Ideas for Families

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Still looking for easy summertime ideas for spending family time?  Here are a few that might help your family go beyond typical vacations and summer camps or that work on a tight budget.
Help the kids aspire to become junior rangers.  All national parks and many state parks offer programs that involve wildlife education, citizenship and safety. They often have free or low-cost workbooks full of projects that could be completed in one vacation stay or several day visits.  We tried earning our badges in the Smokies.
Make Saturday mornings an adventure at the farmers’ market.  Give each child as little as $5 and see how their ideas about shopping get broadened beyond the conventional grocery store.
Make even fresher picks when you forage for berries or find a pick-your-own farm to visit.  Judging from the number of blooms, this looks to be a very good blackberry season.
Parents get a break and grandparents and kids run the show at Granny Camp.  This might be just the  seasonal change-of-pace your family’s been looking for.

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