by - 6/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

It's officially summer, and I know when my children were younger, I was always looking for ways to keep them active while they were out of school. Below I'm sharing free and low-cost options for your family this summer. 

Free (or Low Cost) Summer Ideas for Your Kids

The craft stores and home depot have a ton of workshops for children, and some of them are free. 
We have a couple of museums that are within pretty good driving distance. Some are free and some you have to pay for. Call your local museum to see if they have any days that children get in free.
Feed the Ducks or Geese
as a child, I really enjoyed going to feed the ducks. I know of the perfect location to bring my son to. With all the technology we have, you could just do a Google search or ask friends, and remember to hold on to some old bread.
My son loves going to our local pool. Unfortunately, we have to pay a small fee to get into our pool. However, most pools, rivers, and lakes are free. Don’t forget your towels and sunscreen
What about an awesome picnic? You could even have it in your own yard! Load up a basket and a blank and have fun. Don’t forget the bug spray
my son loves going to the playground and it is a huge bonus for him and it is also the perfect time for me to get my camera out.  Win, win right? Look around your neighborhood to look for a playground that would be a good fit for your children.
Make Popsicles
Treat the kids to a yummy snack. We have the cheapie Popsicle mold. Why not put it to use? The one thing that I love about this idea is that you can create your own flavors.
we have a golf course not too far from our home. I will also be looking for free kid-friendly golf courses. You could also create your own golf course in your own backyard
Dance Party
Just Dance has so many great dance options, it's such a wonderful way to keep your family active while having fun. 
Paint Rocks
You could paint rocks that you already have or even gather up some rocks. Feel free to create a theme or simply wing it. 
Bike Ride
We have several different bike routes near our home. If you do not have a bike and you have smaller children. Maybe you could walk alongside your smaller child who is riding the bike.
Decorating Cupcakes
You can simply purchase a cupcake decorating kit or simply make your own cupcakes. 
Many Zoos have free days. This may take a little research. Take advantage of those free days and just eat prior to going on this trip and remember to bring bottled water with you.
Visit your local Library
our local library is just walking distance from our home. They usually have tons of free stuff going on in the summer for all ages.  You could call, stop by or look on your local library website to see what they may have going on this summer.
Movies & Popcorn on a rainy day
We have Netflix and also take advantage of the movies at our local library. This is such a fun idea, especially with popcorn on the side. 
Make S’mores
S’mores are a huge hit doing the summertime, and most children love s’mores too. Make sure to purchase the items in advance and leave them in a cool area. 
Fly Kites
You can make your own or purchase one from the dollar store. This would make wonderful memories and pictures too.
Board Games
We have tons of board games in our home, you could even make your own too. Kids love playing board games.
It's never too late to start a garden, you can purchase all of the items needed at your local nursery or a budget-friendly option like the Dollar Tree. 

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  1. We are going to need all the tips we can this summer with weeks at home. It's going to be all about dance parties, board games and picnics for us!


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