25 Free or inexpensive things to do with your kids this Summer

I’m always trying to find fun things to do with the kids during the summer, but everything costs so much and I just can’t do it. So I asked the kids what were some things they wanted to do this Summer and they had some pretty cool ideas. They’re very creative. lol. But, we did came up with a pretty amazing list!

  1. Visit a State Park. Most have a beach, playground, and walking trail. If not more.
  2. Go fishing. Check to see when your state is having a free fishing day (No license required.)
  3. Plan a hike. So many possibilities.
  4. Visit the zoo. Love going to the zoo.
  5. Catch frogs. Not my thing but I’ll tag along.
  6. Plant a garden. Click here for some ideas. Kids are more likely to try a vegetable or fruit if they are involved in growing it.
  7. Have a pool party or water balloon fight. Water balloons from the dollar store.
  8. Take a shopping trip. My kids said to the Dollar Tree to get sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hula hoops, that kinda stuff.
  9. Make fairy houses. Click here for some ideas. You can use anything! You don’t need to buy fancy items, make them yourself, use what you already have.
  10. Build a birdhouse. Use scrap wood! It doesn’t have to be perfect, make it whimsical.
  11. Go to the movies. or Rent a movie and have popcorn and candy. Great on a rainy day.
  12. Host a sports game. Invite the kids friends over for a game. Baseball, kickball, basketball, volleyball, badminton. The list goes on and on.
  13. Paint. Let the kids paint outside, give them some paper and paints and they can do the rest.
  14. Go see some fireworks. Check your local list of events
  15. Watch a parade. Check your local list of events
  16. Visit a farm. Usually there is one you can visit for a fairly inexpensive price, or if you know someone who owns a farm ask them if you can visit the animals.
  17. Go on a scavenger hunt. Get creative! Get a camera involved too
  18. Plant some flowers. Very inexpensive if you start them from seed.
  19. Plant a tree. Sometime you can even transplant one.
  20. Family bike ride. Always fun!
  21. Watch the clouds. Lay out a blanket and ask the kids what they see.
  22. Go on a picnic. Even if it’s in your yard, the kids will love it!
  23. Fly a kite. Pretty cheap to purchase, but usually you can find one laying around somewhere.
  24. Visit your Library. Never know what your local librarian is up to.
  25. Make Popsicles. Freeze Kool-Aide, Super simple

I hope this list helps you plan an amazing Summer with your kids. Let me know what else you have planned by leaving a comment below.

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