50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer
Are you looking forward to that final school bell of the year ringing so you and the kiddos can spend a fun and exciting summer together? Or does the sound of the end of the year school bell have you shaking in your sandals, knowing that you could be shelling out some big bucks to keep the family entertained this summer? If the thought of beating summer boredom also makes you think of draining your budget, you are going to want to keep reading. Luckily, enjoying fun and family friendly activities this summer doesn’t have to mean taking out a mortgage on your home to do so. With a little planning and creativity, you can easily enjoy a summer that is entertaining for family members of all ages while still keeping plenty of cash in your pocket. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of 50 free activities your family can enjoy! Yes, FREE!
Don’t think this is possible? Take a look and see how you can easily keep your family entertained without spending a dime. Reading will be believing!
50 FREE Activities Your Family Can Enjoy this Summer:
1. Host a neighborhood dog wash. Gather your soap and buckets and offer to wash the neighborhood dogs for free or for a small donation you donate to your local shelter.
2. Enjoy a backyard bonfire. Tell scary stories while you gather.
3. Go bird watching at a nearby park. Look at pictures of the various birds in your region online before you go.
4. Visit your local library for free story hours.
5. Take advantage of free admission days at your local museums. Don’t know when these are? Just call!
6. Take a nature hike and collect beautiful leaves you find along the way. Scrapbook them.
7. Visit a fireworks display put on by your city or local parks.
8. Take a picnic dinner to the beach after 5 p.m. which is when most stop charging admission.
9. Take a tour of your local fire department. Just call ahead and ask.
10.Make freeze pops at home using fruit juice, ice cube trays, and toothpicks.
11. Rent free children’s movies from your local library.
12. Enroll in one of the many free book clubs offered by stores such as Crate and Barrel and Barnes and Noble.
13. Create murals with sidewalk chalk.
14. Make your own bubble solution with dish soap and water and hold a bubble blowing contest.
15. Volunteer as a family at a local animal shelter.
16. Find free vacation Bible school camps in your area.
17. Attend a free make and take clinic at your local Home Depot.
18. Attend a free concert. Just look in your local newspaper for upcoming events.
19. Watch a local sports team practice, or enjoy a free game if one is offered.
20. Ask a local bakery if they will give tours.
21. Attend a free crafting session at your local library.
22. Watch the stars at night and look for various constellations.
23. Hold roller skate races.
24. Spend some time tending to a family garden.
25. Set out the sprinkler and host a bike wash.
26. Visit your local post office for a tour. Just call first.
27. Have a bike parade around the neighborhood.
28. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard.
29. Enjoy the many free kid’s printables on the internet. You can visit sites such as ABCTeach.com and PBSKids.org to find all sorts of fun and free print outs.
30. Have fun after a storm making mud pie.
31. Enjoy a fun old fashioned water balloon fight.
32. Gather old costumes and clothes and have a funky fashion show.
33. Make your own kite out of newspaper and any scraps you have around the house.
34. Play flash light tag once the sun sets.
35. Go on a hunt for butterflies and make a journal or scrap book about the ones you spotted.
36. Enjoy a family movie night with a Red Box movie. You can find free movie codes by doing a simple Google search for them!
38. Gather your crafting supplies and make cards for your local nursing home.
39. Organize a dog parade in your neighborhood.
40. Visit your local zoo on free admission days. Just call ahead to see when these might be offered.
41. Patronize eateries where kids can eat free with an adult.
42. Organize a field day for your neighborhood that includes various skill games.
43. Get creative with the leftovers in your fridge and have a cook off.
44. Get out the nail polish and have a spa night.
45. Have a fun sensory experience with a can of shaving cream. You can spray it, write your name in it, even dye it with food coloring.
46. Visit a local pet shop to see and pet the various animals available.
47. Take advantage of free educational classes or presentations offered by your local library.
48. Go to a plant swap. Take some plants from your own yard so you can trade them for new ones at no cost.
49. Find free music downloads then host a living room dance party.
50. Make bird feeders by rolling pine cones in peanut butter and seeds.
As you can see, this is quite a variety of free activities that can appeal to children of all ages. Plus, you may have noticed that some of them allow children to have fun while serving others and their community as well! So, which ones will you choose to try this summer? If you tried just one per day, that is nearly a month and a half of activities for you and your family to try that don’t cost a dime. Now that is a great value! Have fun!
What else would you add to this list?
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