Free Summer Activities for Kids

by Natasha

Having fun doesn't have to cost money. Here's a list of some free summer activities for kids that will help you plan a perfect summer for them.

A summer of fun is right around the corner. Soon, your kids will be free from homework and the confinement of school and will be ready to explore. Keeping your kids busy during the summer months can get expensive. However, if you know where to look, you just might find a few free activities to help them stay busy. Listed below are 5 free summer activities for kids that are sure to make the summer fun for everyone.

Camping Out in the Backyard

Backyard Camping

Instead of renting a spot at the local lake, let your kids camp out in the back yard. A tent and a few sleeping bags can equal tons of fun.  There are memories to be making smores and telling ghost stories under the stars in the back yard.  Let them invite friends over for a fun filled night in the backyard!

Free Family Day at the Museum

Root Family Teddy Bear Collection
Root Family Teddy Bear Collection

During the summer months, museums will often host free family days.  This will not only be loads of fun for your kids, it will also help them continue to learn during the summer months. Be sure to add this free activity to your agenda during the summer by calling ahead of time to find out when free family day will be hosted.

Side Walk Art

Sidewalk Art

A bucket of chalk and a side walk can provide your kids with hours of free fun!  If you don’t have a concrete drive way or sidewalk near your home, take them to the local park and get busy making art on the sidewalks.  This fun activity is sure to draw the attention of all of the kids in the neighborhood.

Church Activities

Bible Reading

Many churches will step up to the plate and offer free activities for children in the summer. Vacation Bible School is just one example of a free activity that will be offered by churches in the area. Take advantage of these free events as they are often filled with fun for kids and other members of the family. Look in the newspaper to find these events or simply pay attention to road signs when you drive. Many churches will advertise on their signs. 

Summer Library Programs

During the summer, your local library will host free reading programs for your kids to attend.  This will encourage a love of reading in your kids and also be easy on your pocket book.  Call the library to find out the summer reading schedule. Summer reading programs usually include storytelling, magic shows, food, and crafts and you won’t have to pay a dime. 

Summer Library Programs

If you are in search of free summer activities for kids, use the list above to help you start planning the perfect summer for your kids.  Having fun doesn’t have to cost money.  Whether you choose to let your kids have a campout in the backyard or take part in the summer reading program at the library, a summer of fun awaits your child. Best of all, it’s free! 

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Updated: 04/02/2012, Natasha
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