Summer is three months of laid-back school-free relaxation. Kids look forward to that first day of vacation and the promise of pools, outdoor fun and—sometimes—later mornings. But after a few weeks, the boredom begins to take hold.
For parents, summer requires planning and lots of diverse activities to keep kids occupied and out of mischief. Most parents don’t have bottomless budgets to enroll kids in neverending streams of expensive activities, though. And the cost of camps, sports and swimming lessons adds up quickly.
To get the most fun out of summer and to make sure kids stay entertained, parents need to check out the numerous fun FREE activities that can be added to the summer schedule. While some activities are local, there are many free opportunities that are available in every town and city…you just have to know where to look.
When summer boredom kicks in, and the kids are climbing the walls, check out these free or low-cost diversions:
- Free movies!
If your kids are anything like mine they rush for their phones, tablets or game remotes almost as soon as they get in the door from school. During the winter months, I tend to be a little bit more lenient with screen time, especially if the temperatures outside are below freezing (I still do impose limits though, as it is important for kids to “unplug”).
With so many Pasta brands out there, it is hard to find the best option that is right for you. My kids are all about the plain pasta but they are just so filled of ingredients that I am not thrilled with. I was recently introduced to Explore Cuisine Pasta line. This line has it all! Each pasta is certified organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, vegan and ridiculously high in protein and fiber.
- Pulse Pastas: Made from organic lentils and chickpeas, packed with 13g of protein per 2oz, rich in BCAA and glutamine, high is potassium. Think Green Lentil Lasange, Chickpea Spaghetti, Red Lentil Penne and more!
- Bean Pastas: Made ONLY from 100% organic beans and water, packed with 20-25g of protein per 2 oz, net carbs at 11g. Think Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucine, Black Bean Spaghetti, Soybean Spaghetti and more!
I am in love with the ORGANIC ADZUKI BEAN SPAGHETTI. There was a recipe on the side of the box and it was SO yum! Ofcourse I put my own little twist on it but WOW It was amazing!
1 package Adzuki spaghetti
1 Bunch Asparagus (Trimmed)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp Juice lemons
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook Adzuki pasta according to instruction on package
While pasta is cooking, in a small saucepan, heat the garlic, Asparagus and oil over medium-low heat, cooking for a few minutes and making sure not to brown the garlic. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool a little.
Toss the strained and cooled Adzuki pasta with the mixture.
Add Salt and pepper to taste
Explore Cuisine Pulse Pasta collection also includes Red Lentil Penne, Chickpea Fusilli, Red Lentil Spaghetti, Chickpea Spaghetti, and even no-boil Green Lentil Lasagne. Each box retails for $4.99. Explore Cuisine also has Rice Pastas, Rice Noodles and Soups!
STAY SOCIAL WITH EXPLORE CUISINE