The summer is filled with endless fun activities that your
children can enjoy. Often though, many sanctioned activities, or even those at
a specific location, can cost quite a bit, and may have a low-cost alternative.
If you are looking to provide your kids with endless fun
this summer, all while saving a bit of extra money, try these ten free summer
activities that are just as great as the rest.
Requiring no more than a tent and some sleeping bags,
camping is the perfect way to save money while enjoying nature. Head up to the
mountains to a clear campsite, or even just set up camp in the backyard. This
is also the perfect time to try stargazing and making s’mores, two summer break
2. Nature Scavenger
Write down a few small nature items on pieces of paper, hand
these out to your children, and head out into the backyard (or local park or
hiking trail) together to collect everything you can find with this easy summer
3. Learn a New Sport
Whether your child wants to learn how to rollerblade, swim,
or even play tennis, summer is the perfect time to teach them the basics of a
new sport. If they fall in love with one of them, sign them up with a
school-associated program in autumn, which generally have fewer associated
4. Go to a Parade,
Fair, or Outdoor Market
Summer break is usually filled with different types of
outdoor setups, like fairs, parades or markets. When one shows up in your town,
head outside with your kids to watch or participate, and enjoy the day without
5. Bike Somewhere New
Leave the car keys at home this summer break, and try taking
a short daytrip on your bicycles. Pack all of the snacks you may need, as well
as sunscreen, water, and a map (just in case!). Set a route for your trip, and
spend the whole day cycling around and enjoying nature.
6. Make Up a New Game
Whether a card game, board game, or new sport outdoors, spend
an afternoon with your children creating a new fun activity for kids from your
own minds. This will stretch your children’s imagination, and require them to
think logically in order to craft the perfect new game.
7. Make a “Farm to
In many locations throughout the country, there are farms
popping up that let people come and buy vegetables and other meal ingredients
on the spot. Find a location nearby, and head to the farm to pick out all of
the food you will need for a delicious meal. Then, head home and cook it
together, and enjoy this fun activity for kids!
8. Swim in a Lake or
Going to the pool can be an expensive endeavor, as many
pools charge exorbitant entry fees, even for children. Avoid that cost this
summer by traveling to a local lake or reservoir and enjoying the water in
nature. Make sure it’s staffed by a lifeguard or similar service though before
you try this activity for kids.
9. Volunteer at the
If your kids love animals, and love to help out around the
house, try combining these passions by spending a day volunteering at the
humane society. Often times local humane societies will let families walk or
play with dogs at certain periods throughout the day. Or, if you are lucky,
your kids may even get a chance to help feed the animals!
10. Try a Library Day
Local libraries often contain entire children’s sections
that are filled with exciting books that your children will love. Spend a day at
the library, and pick out a few books to take home and read at night. Your
local library may even host book reading sessions, during which you can sit
down and listen with children of all ages.
Save Some Money, but
Don’t Spare the Fun
Having your children enjoy
the summer shouldn’t be a matter of how much you are willing to spend. Instead,
try these ten free summer break activities for kids that will keep you busy
until school starts again.