Summer activities and fun can get to be pretty expensive. The higher cost things like Summer camps and amusement parks can quickly raise the amount of money you are spending on Summer. However, you can save a lot by looking for great deals and free events that are available right in your own town.
You can start by finding a calendar of events for your city. Most communities put these calendars out for the public to know about special events, festivals, concerts, farmer’s markets, and more. There are always free and fun things for the whole family to do. Check with your local city officials on where to find a calendar events- many have them right on their website.
Entertainment at the park
Some things that you may find could range from Summer concerts to free movies in the park. You’d just need some lawn chairs or maybe a comfortable blanket and maybe drinks and snacks if they aren’t provided. You could pack a picnic to take along or grab some inexpensive food out as a treat and you have a whole evening full of Summertime fun.
Many movie theatres will have special Summer showings of movies. Usually they are during the day, but the shows are inexpensive and sometimes even free. You know there will be lots of kids, so it is definitely a kid friendly opportunity to take little ones, and even older children to the movies. These are a great way to get a break from the Summer heat and enjoy a fun movie theatre experience without all of the cost.
Check with local museums (especially children’s museums) for special events and exhibits. Depending on the museum, admission could be free or at least affordable for a day of fun. Our local art museum is always free and they have special activities for kids all the time.
Get out and play
Also don’t forget that local parks are always free, and you could make a plan to visit a few different parks this Summer to keep things fun. Splash pads are especially fun on extra hot Summer days.
Get in the pool
Does your neighborhood have a community pool or do you have a public access pool nearby? Summer passes are usually inexpensive if you plan to go often, or you can sometimes pay by the day. Swimming is always fun during the Summer and it might be a great investment to keep your kids entertained.
These types of events are typically free, unless you choose to spend money purchasing items. We love sometimes going to the farmer’s market or our local trade days just to walk around and get outside.
There are a lot of inexpensive and even FREE things to do during the Summer if you get creative and do a little research. Grab your calendar and map out a Summer plan to keep your kids active and engaged all Summer long. Summers don’t have to be boring for kids and stressful for moms with all of these fun ideas.
What free or cheap Summer activities does your family love to do? Leave them in the comments!