50 Free (Or Almost Free) Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

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It’s now almost mid-May. Can you believe it? Our children will be out of school before we know it! We let out on June 12th in our school district, but I know that others get out much earlier. You know what that means, don’t you? We’re only weeks, or even days, away from hearing the words Mom, I’m bored on a daily basis.

If your children will be at a camp everyday, you’re covered. Mine won’t be. They’re doing a half-day camp for one week and  they will be home the rest of the time (unless we find something else for them to do). So, I decided I need to be proactive and come up with a list of fun things we can do together this summer.

50 Free Or Almost Free Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Some of the things on this list are totally free and others are almost free. Some are outdoor activities and others are inside (because great summer weather is not a guarantee). Some can be done at home and others involve going somewhere else. Several of them could actually be done any time of year. You have probably done at least a few of them before and I’m sure there are many, MANY more activities that I didn’t think to include. I hope you find something fun to do with your family this summer!

Summer Family Fun Out and About

  1. Build something together at the Home Depot Kids Workshops.
  2. Build something else at the Lowes Build and Grow Kids Clinics.
  3. Enjoy the $1 kids movies at Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express.
  4. Make a craft and explore the world at the Michael’s Passport to Imagination Museum Road Trip.
  5. Take your kids bowling at a participating Kids Bowl Free center.
  6. Take your kids roller skating at a participating Kids Skate Free center.
  7. Participate in the Summer Reading Program at your local library.
  8. While you’re at the library, head over to the DVDs and introduce your kids to movies and TV shows from your childhood!
  9. Pick an interesting book series and see how many books you can read.
  10. Visit different playgrounds all over town.
  11. Take a nature walk.
  12. Go get snowballs and try a new flavor.
  13. Watch the 4th of July fireworks.
  14. Visit a beach (if you have one close by),collect seashells, and build sand castles.
  15. If you have a membership to the local zoo, aquarium, science center, museum, etc., take advantage of it and go!
  16. Go on a bike ride.
  17. Take a walk around the neighborhood.
  18. Go fishing.
  19. Visit an art museum.
  20. Fly a kite.
  21. Take a scenic drive.
  22. Visit a farmer’s market and try a new fruit or vegetable.
  23. Feed the ducks at a nearby lake.
  24. Go roller skating.
  25. Just go someplace you’ve never been before!

Summer Family Fun At Home

  1. Play in the sprinkler.
  2. Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  3. Have a picnic in your yard.
  4. Have a water balloon fight.
  5. Blow bubbles.
  6. Get creative with paper bags, paper towel rolls, craft sticks, paper, boxes, and other things you can find around the house.
  7. Have a board game night and try a new one or an old favorite.
  8. Enjoy a family movie night.
  9. Have a backyard camp-out.
  10. Make homemade lemonade.
  11. Play outside in the rain.
  12. Make your own popsicles.
  13. Drop everything and read, inside or outside.
  14. Play classic outdoor activities, like jump rope, hula hoop, and hop scotch.
  15. Plant a garden.
  16. Paint with water.
  17. Catch lightning bugs.
  18. Celebrate Christmas in July by making an ornament to save for December.
  19. Build an indoor fort.
  20. Write a letter to a friend or relative…not an e-mail.
  21. Eat dessert for dinner one night.
  22. Have a yard sale.
  23. Sit outside at night and gaze at the stars.
  24. Have a water gun battle.
  25. Take a nap!

Did I forget anything? What free or almost free summer family fun do you have planned?

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Comments

  1. Wow! Great list! thank you!

  2. Thank you! I need a list like this – especially on those days when my brain is spent and I have no idea what to do!! Must print it out and put it where I can see!! :-)

  3. Lots of great ideas!! It’s hard to come up with things to keep the “I’m bored” comments at bay :)

    • Cindy Howell says:

      Thanks! I’m worried about the “I’m bored” comments and the constant bickering between my boys too. Maybe keeping busy will help.

  4. What a great list! I’m pinning this! :)

  5. So many fun ideas! We loved the bowling program last year.

    Can’t wait for summer!

    • Cindy Howell says:

      I’m glad to hear the bowling program is fun. There isn’t a center close enough to us, unfortunately.:(

  6. Great list! I can even use some of these to keep my toddler entertained!

  7. This is SUCH a great list. I LOVE the laid back aspect of summer. We sleep in and then either go to the pool or something else FREE, thanks for this post so we can get some new ideas!

  8. I love your list Cindy, I think taking nature walks is our favorite and making popsicles too

    • Cindy Howell says:

      Thanks! I need to find a good popsicle mold. I discovered that the really inexpensive ones break way too easily.

  9. This is a FANTASTIC list! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Free is good! Your list is full of what we did during the summer in “the old days”. :D I love that you put everything in list form; so easy to refer to in those “down” moments. (Catching lightening bugs ended up being a childhood highlight for my 2 boys!!)

  11. This is an awesome list!! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

  12. Great list! Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky Party!

  13. I love those posts! My little girl is 18 months old and I am searching for activities like these!

    Nice to meet you!

  14. Lorrie Duran says:

    I am glad to see free bowling is still around. I did this a couple of summers with my son. They charged for shoes which gets pricey so we bought our own for a real savings!

  15. I love “take a nap”! I wish it would go over well at our house. Thanks for the great list!

    • Cindy Howell says:

      Yeah, that one probably works better in a home with very young children. Mine are well beyond naps. Me on the other hand…

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