Free Summer Activities for Kids

I love finding free summer activities to do with kids. It’s the perfect time to get outside, splash around, and have some fun. In addition to this, school is often out and kids can get bored quite quickly. So, this list of free summer activities is a great one to pin for those days when the kids are driving you crazy.

Free Indoor Summer Activities

I bet you’re wondering why I started this post out with indoor activities to do with the kids. After all, summer is a great time for kids to get outside to play. What about those pop up summer thunderstorms though? What are you going to do on those days? Or those days where it’s just too hot outside? This is where these indoor activities can be a life saver.

  • Movie night
  • Tea party
  • Crafts
  • Read books
  • Learning activities
  • Play groups
  • Playtime
  • Board games

Free Outdoor Summer Activities

There are so many great things to do in the summer outside. Most of the activities listed below are free to do as long as you have the materials for them. If you don’t have the materials already on hand, then they fall in the category of cheap to do, which is also a great thing when you’re dealing with summer activities and kids. Don’t forget to stay safe in the sun this summer!

  • Smores
  • Walk
  • Bubbles
  • Chalk
  • Bikes
  • Pool
  • Sprinkler
  • Water play
  • Garden
  • Play in dirt
  • Mud pies
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Nature walk
  • Tag
  • Hide and seek
  • Picnic
  • Explore the outdoors

Free Summer Activities On-the-go

So far, I’ve listed some great activities to do around the house, but who wants to stay home all the time? Below you’ll find a round up of free (and cheap) activities that you can do this summer away from home. The price for some of these may vary depending on your area – I tried to focus on things that were free in most areas.

  • Storytime at the bookstore
  • Library trip
  • Farmers market
  • Craft time at craft stores
  • Festivals
  • Fishing
  • Pool
  • Movies in the park
  • Hike
  • Camping
  • Beach
  • Park

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Free Summer Activities to do with your kids

4 Comments

  1. Shelby @Fitasamamabear\

    May 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Library trips are so where it’s at!

    1. Pam

      May 28, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      They really are! We finally made our first trip last week and the little one loved it so much! He loves his books so it was perfect for him. I’m hoping to make it a weekly thing with him.

  2. Lauren Cecora

    May 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    OOOOooOOO I always need something to do with my little! Thanks for the list!

    1. Pam

      June 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      You’re welcome! I was brainstorming ideas to do with my own little and figured others could benefit from it as well. 🙂

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