Your Official Mini Guide to Inexpensive, Fun Dates With Your Kids

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Three. Freakin’. Months. It can be tough to come up with endless summer entertainment for the family that’s friendly on the pocket, too. But with a lot of patience, imagination – and a cell phone – fun is literally around every corner. No matter where you’re spending summer, whether it’s the city, beach or the suburbs, we’re all about finding creative ways to connect with your kids! 🍦 🌟 🏖️

Wild Card Ice Cream Date

Take the kids on a bus or train adventure (their choice) and let them decide where to stop. Then find the nearest convenience store or bodega and get ice-cream. Too simple – and who doesn’t love a plan that ends with a sweet treat?

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Stargazing Date

One for the whole family. Fill a kiddie pool with a quilt and lots of pillows, then pile in and watch the stars together. Point out The Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt, and have fun calling out other (pretend) shapes you see. Bonus round: First one to see a shooting star picks tomorrow night’s dinner!

Beachcombing Date

Bring a pail and plastic shovels (not forgetting sun protection!) and take the kids scouting for shells and other treasures. When you get home, wash the shells (and discreetly discard any randoms). Once the beach treasures are dry, set the kids up with glue, paint and glitter for a crafting session.

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Where are you and the kids headed together this summer? Share your best spots in the comments!