Summer is right around the corner! How will your children spend their long summer days? While there is definitely a lot of value in unscheduled time running around outside in the backyard, you will want to have some fun activities to keep them occupied as well. Thankfully, fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are seven summer activities for kids that don’t cost much at all.
1. Go to the Library
Has it been a while since your kids have visited the library? If so, you might be surprised at just how many things they have. In addition to free books and movies, most libraries have a kids’ area with games, story time and even computers full of educational games. You can probably even find fun summer classes or programs.
2. Have a Picnic at the Park
You have to eat lunch anyways–why not make it fun? Grab a big blanket and head to the park with a picnic lunch. Bring some of your kids’ friends along too for double for the fun. Just be sure to grab a shady spot and bring plenty of drinks from home!
3. Go Bowling
If you are lucky enough to live in one of several select cities, your children can actually bowl free all summer long. You just have to buy shoes. (Tip: If you plan on going several times, just buy an extra pair of “bowling shoes” instead of paying each time.) Bowling is a great way to beat the heat and have some fun. Click here to see if Kids Bowl Free has a program in your area.
4. Take in a Matinee Movie
Alternately, you may be able to find movies for free or cheap, especially if you go in the afternoon when theaters are dead. You don’t have to live next to a dollar theatre either. Simply call your local movie theater and see if they offer any type of kids’ program or special discount. Many do.
5. Visit the Animal Shelter or Pet Store
Looking for a fun summer activity that also helps out your community? Why not visit the pets at the pet store or animal shelter? These poor penned up pups need lots of love, and if your kids love animals, they will love helping take care of them. Visit regularly and the workers might even allow your children to help with extra, fun responsibilities.
6. Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
Do you live in a city that has a rich heritage? If so, take an afternoon and learn more. Visit your local tourist center in your city to find out what little-known highlights your city has to offer and then spend the afternoon exploring them. This is a great way to make history really come to life!
7. Tour a Museum
Do you have any fun museums in your area? If so, call and see what kind of discounts or special programs they offer. Many kid-friendly museums have special exhibits, events or discount rates for kids. Your kids will love wandering around, you’ll love the educational value, and you’ll all love the air conditioning!
This summer, don’t spend an arm and a leg to keep your children occupied all summer. Check out these seven free and cheap summer activities for kids to have a blast without paying a fortune.
What do you and your children love to do in the summer? Do you have any additional inexpensive activities to add?