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100 Inexpensive Kids Summer Activities You’ll Actually Enjoy!

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Are you trying to figure out what in the world you’re going to do with your kids all summer long? Tired of hearing “I’m bored”? But at the same time you know going to Dave and Busters or the water park isn’t feasible as an everyday expense?

I get it! You want to keep the kids entertained this summer without breaking the bank. Which is why I’ve put together the ultimate list of 100 inexpensive kids summer activities you’ll actually want to do!

Enjoy, Mama!

Free Kids Summer Activities

  1. Play at the local park/playground
  2. Peruse the local book store
  3. Walk around the neighborhood and play Pokemon Go
  4. Tell family stories – your children will love to hear about when you were a kid!
  5. Head to the beach
  6. Go for a hike
  7. Go to the library
  8. Kids Bowl Free
  9. Kids Skate Free
  10. Join a reading program at the local library or book store & win free books or prizes (Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, Sylvan, Half Price Books)
  11. Go bike riding around the neighborhood
  12. Grab a blanket and stargaze
  13. Give each other makeovers and/or mani/pedis
  14. Find a place to lie down and look for shapes in the clouds
  15. Play dress up
  16. Have a dance party
  17. Participate in free activities and crafts at Bass Pro Shops on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  18. Create a blanket fort
  19. Go for a picnic
  20. Practice learning a new language
  21. Get all of your board games out and have a game night
  22. Visit Grandma and Grandpa
  23. Play Pictionary
  24. Host a scavenger hunt
  25. Watch the sun set
  26. Put a puzzle together
  27. Head to the lake
  28. Put together an obstacle course in the backyard
  29. Meet all of the pets at the local shelter or pet store
  30. Let the kids hang out at Ikea’s Småland Play Area for an hour
  31. Host a slumber party
  32. Attend a fireworks show
  33. Fold paper airplanes or origami objects
  34. Set up your own mini golf course (use plastic cups as “holes”)
  35. Catch fireflies
  36. Visit the local fire station
  37. Go camping in the backyard
  38. Play charades
  39. Swing in a hammock
  40. Attend free reading time at the library or book store (or Pottery Barn)
  41. Play at a local splash pad
  42. Home Depot and Lowes weekend workshops
  43. Play restaurant and have the kids make lunch
  44. Play school and have the kids teach
  45. Host your own movie marathon
  46. Put on a skit
  47. Play Simon Says
  48. Attend a free American Girl event on the first Wednesday of each month 1-3pm
  49. Play tag or hide and seek
  50. If you have a Bank of America card, take advantage of the Museums on Us program
  51. Host a talent show (invite neighborhood friends!)
  52. Learn how to juggle
  53. Play catch
  54. Host a tea party
  55. Tour a local college & talk about future dreams & aspirations
  56. Subtraction Bowling
  57. Beach Ball Madness
  58. Multiplication (or Addition) Battle
  59. Flashcard Lava Pit
  60. Fraction Go Fish
  61. Funny Ad Libs
  62. Create Your Own Comics
  63. Sight Word Cootie Catcher
  64. Geography Games
  65. Learn to Tell Time
  66. Animal Sort Game
  67. Write with Invisible Ink

Inexpensive Kids Summer Activities

  1. Grab some popcorn and a Redbox movie
  2. Bake cookies (bonus points if you turn them into your own ice cream sandwich)
  3. Go to the swimming pool
  4. Pick fruit at a local farm
  5. Make jewelry together
  6. Run in the sprinklers
  7. Make a sundae bar
  8. Make your own trail mix (purchase goodies from the grocery store like Cheerios, nuts, raisins, and pretzels then combine at home)
  9. Roast marshmallows and enjoy s’mores
  10. Play on a slip’n’slide
  11. Plant a garden
  12. Paint with nail polish together
  13. Attend discounted summer movies (Most movie theatres have $1 movies during the summer)
  14. Grab a Main Event Summer Fun Pass for all you-can-play bowling, billiards, and laser tag! It’s only $12.95 per person from 9am to close if you purchase prior to 10:30am!
  15. Go fishing
  16. Host a water balloon fight (or play water balloon baseball!)
  17. Grab some glow in the dark bracelets and/or flashlights and play nighttime tag
  18. Make homemade popsicles
  19. Go camping
  20. Blow bubbles
  21. Have a shaving cream fight
  22. Play with sidewalk chalk (+ play hopscotch!)
  23. Play minute-to-win-it games
  24. Visit a state park
  25. Set up a lemonade stand
  26. Try your hand at rock painting
  27. Make your own recipe book (My friends and I tried this one summer and it was the most fun disaster)
  28. Join Michaels Camp Creativity
  29. Fly a kite
  30. Jump rope
  31. Have a silly string battle
  32. Make homemade ice cream
  33. Play at open gym at the local gymnastics studio
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100 Free or Cheap Summer Activities | #summerfun | Summer Activities | Keep Kids Occupied during the summer | Summer break activities | free summer fun

There you have it, folks! 100 inexpensive summer activities you’ll actually want to do! Am I missing anything?! What kind of inexpensive activities do y’all do over the summer break? Hit COMMENT and let me know!


P.S. The Pogo Pass is SERIOUSLY a good deal! We’re using ours all summer!

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