Summertime can be as productive as you want it to be, with opportunities for you and your kids to have lots of fun together. One cool thing to do, as a family, through the summer months, is to come up with and build an awesome community business. One that the whole neighborhood can enjoy.
Tip: Decide as a family what you would want to do with your summer earnings. You could take a small weekend vacation if the earnings prove lucrative. Or perhaps invest in a new entertainment source for the house that everyone can chip in for and use. Let your kiddos take the lead in making those decisions. For them, this summer could be one giant, fun learning experience.
Go Classic with a Lemonade Stand but Add a Twist
Lemonade stands have been the tried-and-true classics of summertime in neighborhoods for the last five decades, or longer. Kids can DIY their own with a little table, cooler, and set up of pitchers, plus a sign that reads how much a fresh cup of homemade lemonade would cost.
In this case though, you should add a twist. For instance, encourage your kids to make freckled lemonade with a punch of strawberry flavoring and fresh-cut strawberries. Or, if your neighborhood is popular for runners, make a pitcher of ice-cold water with cucumber slices for ultimate rehydration.
Host a Community Bake Sale
Community bake sales are chances for your kids and neighborhood children to create their own delicious treats and sale them for profit. Book a reception hall, like a church room or hotel lobby, and host a small bake sale that allows kiddos to be creative with their concoction of yummy treats.
Tip: For bigger business operations, like semi-weekly bake sales or even a family-owned summer lawn service, you could take out a small loan. However, as with any askance for government monies, you should avoid blatant losses, a substandard loan, or what you believe to be a bad investment.
Older Kids Can Be Tutors to Fellow Students Throughout Their Neighborhood
Young teens are capable of tutoring other kiddos throughout your neighborhood, as it’s probable that they all attend, or have attended, the same community schools. Help your older kids set up and market a summer tutoring business—kind of like an at-home summer school. It will give neighborhood kids an edge for their next set of classes when summer ends.