Great summer activities that won’t break the bank

School is out. Now what? You’ll have a house full of kids who are looking for something fun to do. Not to worry. There are plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy and busy without breaking the bank.

School is out. Now what? You’ll have a house full of kids who are looking for something fun to do. Not to worry. There are plenty of fun activities to keep everyone happy and busy without breaking the bank.

Go out to eat

There are manyrestaurantswith “kids eat for free” offers.

Go bowling for free

Some bowling alleys set aside time during non-peak hours where kids and bowl for free.

Earn prizes and cash through summer reading programs

See free movies

Most movie theaters across the country have certain days during the summer when they offer free movies.

Take free craft classes together

Several stores nationwide offer free classes. Some of them even pay for all of the supplies. (See the following web sites for more information):

Get out of the house and enjoy some fun activities hosted by nationwide stores

Go to a museum for free

If you have a Bank of America credit, debit or ATM card, you can get free admission to over 100 participating museums, zoos and science centers the first weekend of every month.

For example, Blue Star Museums offers free admission on certain days.

Challenge your kids’ brains with fun summer-themed word search puzzles that you can print out each day or each week

Puzzles and games are always fun. You can find alist of these games online.

Exercise

Try Curves Fitness Center for a week for free

Go geocaching together

Geocaching is like a high tech scavenger hunt. You can go online to find clues about caches that other people have left hidden in your area. Your family can also put together your own cache and hide it for others to find.

You can find out about fun events in your town by checking out the following event sites:

Attend a free concert

Most orchestras offer free admission to their rehearsals, as well as to their free summer concert series. Do a quick search online and you’re sure to find free concerts hosted by local parks or performance groups.

Attend a free camp

Many churches offer free Bible Study camp. Apple stores offer a free 3-day workshop where kids learn how to make movies.

Now, to get your own creative juices flowing, here are some fun things that will create happy childhood memories and leave your bank account in tact:

  • Play kickball

  • Ride bikes together

  • Have a scavenger hunt

  • Garden together

  • Go to the library

  • Have a picnic at a park

  • Camp in your backyard or pitch a tent in your living room

  • Make homemade ice cream

  • Make a YouTube video about something you love to do

  • Fly kites

  • Write “bucket lists” and do one of the things on the list

  • Do a science experiment

  • Make mud pies

  • Take pictures of nature

  • Face paint each other

  • Find summer constellations

  • Make and send cards to soldiers

  • Take the train somewhere just for fun

  • Put on a luau

  • Play tennis

  • Find the perfect place to volunteer together

  • Decorate flip flops

  • Make GAK

  • Find a local farm that offers “Pick Your Own” fruit and veggie days

  • Swim at your community pool

Now get out there and start having some fun!

Trina Boice

Trina Boice is an author of 17 books, mother of 4 awesome sons, a twin, faculty at two colleges, Ham radio geek, and money-saving expert.