With just a few weeks of school left and summer right around the corner, you may be looking for inexpensive activities you can do with the kiddos. Here are 12 free or inexpensive family activities you can do this summer without breaking the bank…
1.) Watch a Free Flick
Like heading to the movies? Check out this list of Summer Movie promotions where you can get out of the heat without digging too deeply into your wallet!
2.) Register for Free Kid’s Workshops
Every month, Lowe’s and Home depot offer Free Kid’s Workshops where kids can build something special and take it home for free (registration is limited and required)! Hop on over to Lowe’s Build and Grow to register for the upcoming event. Children will also receive an apron, googles and a patch all for free (while supplies last)!
Or, head here to register now for the next Free Home Depot Kids Workshop! These workshops are designed for ages 5-12 and are offered at all Home Depot stores on between 9AM-12PM (usually the first Saturday of every month).
2.) Go Geocaching
If you like the outdoors and want to embark on a unique and FREE family activity, you may want to consider geocaching. Check out this post for more details!
4.) Get Rewarded for Reading
Looking for a way to challenge your kiddos minds? Be sure to check out this list of Free Kids’ Summer Reading Programs where kids will get rewarded at various stores for reading a certain number of books. Also, be sure to check your public library as many libraries have a kids’ reading rewards program, as well as free storytime, family movie days, activities and more throughout the summer.
5.) Bowl for Free
Escape the heat and have some family fun with free bowling! Check out this post for details on where kid’s can bowl free all summer long.
6.) Go Berry Picking
To find a local farm that offers the option to pick your own fruit, head on over here and choose your city and state to view your options (be sure to call ahead to confirm the hours of operation). Note that depending on the time of year, the farms in your area will offer different fruits and vegetables. If you are wanting to pick a specific fruit/veggie, be sure to call ahead to confirm that this item is in season.
Be sure to ask about the cost in advance and available methods of payment as many farms only take cash or checks. Also, don’t forget to dress appropriately and bring sunscreen, bug spray and plenty of water to drink!
7.) Get Crafty
Michaels offers an array of Free Arts & Craft classes – from knitting and crochet, painting, drawing, jewelry, paper crafting, cake decorating and more. Keep in mind that supplies are usually not included. You can also attend their weekly Kids Club Events and create a fun craft for just $2 per child – supplies included. Reservation is not required, but you can sign up in-store or online, or just drop in.
Also, Lakeshore Learning offers Free Crafts for Kids ages 3 and up every Saturday from 11AM-3PM (no reservation required). Go here for more details.
8.) Attend Free Movie Night at Local Park
If your city offers free movies in the park during the summer (check your local city webpage), consider making plans to attend at least one. Not only is the activity a great one for the entire family, but it is 100% free – love that! Be sure to dress appropriately, get there early and bring a blanket, lawn chairs, bug spray, flashlight, snacks & drinks.
9.) Swim at a City Pool
Looking to cool off from the heat? If you live in a neighborhood without a pool or just want to meet up with friends and family, consider heading to your local city’s pool. Be sure to call or check your local city’s pool online for pool hours and prices before you make a special trip (my local city pool charges only $9 for the entire family).
If allowed, bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for crowded days and bring snacks & drinks to avoid hitting up the snack bar or vending machines.
10.) Visit Your Local Museum
Many museums host Free Family Days or Nights where all admission fees are waived and families are able to come to the museum and experience everything it has to offer. Also, the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders get one FREE admission to more than 150 museums in 31 states across the country through Museums on Us! For a complete list of museums go here.
11.) Scope Out Free Recreational Classes
Taking advantage of all the great art, music, dance, and recreational classes offered by your local city, church and schools. Keep in mind that every town is different and some areas may offer minimal to no extracurricular classes; however, if you do have access to free/cheap classes, I encourage you to take full advantage of them!
Check your local city’s website as well as your neighborhood forum or church bulletin board/website to see what options are available near you.
12.) Attend Free Church Camps
Various churches throughout the summer offer Free Camps or Vacation Bible School events with crafts, activities, games, stories, snacks and more. Contact the local churches in your area to register and for more details.