If your kids are anything like mine it only takes them a few days after summer vacation has begun to hear those dreaded words, “mom, I’m bored!” So I have put together a list of FREE summer activities to keep the kiddos busy on those long summer days WITHOUT breaking the bank.
#1 State Parks – Check to see if your local state park runs any sort of classes in the summer. I know that in our area we have several that run classes from teaching kids to fish, to storytimes for the littles and even skull and animal track identification.
#2 Home Depot – This program runs all year long, but they have some really fun wood projects for kids. Just search for Kids Workshops to see what is available in your area.
#3 Movie Theaters – Many movie theaters run programs for $1 movies or even free with a book report. We have Showcase Cinemas and Regal local to us. Check your local theater to see if they participate.
#4 Bowling – Do your kids enjoy bowling? With Kids Bowl Free the kids can bowl for free all summer long. This is such a great idea for those days where it is just too hot to be outside or when there are overcast skies.
#5 Library – Oh how I love the library! Check out your local library for classes and events happening this summer. Even if your local library does not have any, the kids would enjoy a day checking out books and their favorite movies.
#6 Community Center – Oftentimes community centers will run free events and maybe even low priced swim or gym times. Check with your local community center to see what they provide.
#7 Barnes & Noble – This is another program that runs all year long, but Barnes and Noble usually has a scheduled storytime and other special events.
#9 Craft Stores – This is one of my kids favorites. I have very artsy-craftsy kids. They could do this stuff all day long. Many of the craft stores offer a free or low fee craft that they do each week throughout the summer months. We have an A.C.Moore’s and Michaels, who charge a small fee, local to us. Check to see if your local craft store runs a similar program.
# 10 Recreation Dept. – Though recreation departments usually run classes at a fee they may also offer events at no cost to attend. Such as a town day or fireworks display. Some even run summer concert series, which my kids and I have often attended and greatly enjoyed. Some may even have a spray park or pond you can visit. Remember you can check area towns also.
My family loves taking part in as many of these activities over the summer as we can. I hope this list has helped you plan out some free summer fun with your kids. What are your favorite free summer activities? Share them with me in the comments below.
For more free family fun ideas check out this post.