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10 Free Summer Activities for Kids When You're Broke

Updated: May 8

10 Free Summer Activities for Kids When You're Broke


Hey there, fellow parents! Let's be real, raising kids can be expensive, and sometimes our wallets need a break. But fear not! Being broke doesn't mean the fun has to stop. In fact, some of the most memorable activities don't cost a dime. So, let's dive into 10 awesome and free summer activities for kids to keep them entertained without breaking the bank.

Scavenger Hunt in Nature:

Organize a nature scavenger hunt and take advantage of the great outdoors. Make a list of items for your kids to find, like pinecones, different types of leaves, or even specific wildlife. Not only is it fun, but it also encourages exploration and appreciation for nature. You could also make a collage of the different items or a leaf wreath. This is an activity your kids will really enjoy. And remember to hang the wreath!

DIY Arts and Crafts:

Get creative with items you already have at home. From cardboard boxes to old magazines, the possibilities are endless. Let your kids' imaginations run wild as they create masterpieces with paint, glue, and whatever else they can find. Set a one-hour timer and make it a competition for something special at home. Maybe the winner gets an extra 30 minutes to stay up past bedtime. Parents, make sure you're up for it! 

Kitchen Creations:

Let your kids help out in the kitchen and turn cooking into a fun activity. Whether it's baking cookies, making homemade pizza, or even experimenting with new recipes, cooking together can be a bonding experience that's both educational and delicious. Older kids? Not a problem! Switch roles and have your kids serve you. This gives them time to practice and hone their kitchen skills while you monitor them and pat yourself on the back for everything you have taught them. Remember, this is a beautiful time to bond, so keep the conversation light and enjoyable. Make memories with kids, no matter the age; it will last forever!

Campout in the Living Room:

Who says you need to go camping to have a campout? Set up a tent or build a fort in the living room, complete with sleeping bags and pillows. Tell stories, play games, and enjoy some quality family time under the "stars." Step it up by hanging string lights, taking out the flashlights, and having a mini slumber party during your campout!  

DIY Obstacle Course:

Transform your backyard or living room into a thrilling obstacle course using household items like chairs, broomsticks, and hula hoops. Challenge your kids to complete the course as fast as they can, or get creative with themed challenges.

Library Adventures:

Take a trip to your local library for a free adventure in storytelling. Most libraries offer storytime sessions for kids, as well as a wide selection of books and educational resources. Plus, it's a great way to instill a love of reading in your little ones.

Nature Art:

Combine creativity with outdoor exploration by making nature art. Gather sticks, rocks, flowers, and other natural materials, then use them to create beautiful sculptures or mandalas. Not only is it a fun activity, but it also teaches kids to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.

DIY Science Experiments:

Turn your kitchen into a makeshift laboratory and conduct fun and educational science experiments with your kids. From homemade volcanoes to DIY slime, there are plenty of simple experiments that will spark their curiosity and teach them about the world around them.

Dance Party:

Clear some space in the living room, crank up the music, and have a dance party with your kids. Let loose, show off your best moves, and have a blast grooving to your favorite tunes together. It's a surefire way to lift everyone's spirits and get those endorphins flowing. Tip! Try educational songs to help further your kids' learning.


Look out for free community events happening in your area, such as concerts, festivals, or outdoor movie nights. Not only are they great opportunities for family fun, but they also provide a chance to make lasting memories with your family and community members.

TIP! Have a 20-minute window and don't know what to do? Check out my Educational Summer Coloring and Math Activity Book below. Get what you need done while your child perfects their fine motor skills!

So there you have it: 10 free summer activities for kids to keep them entertained when money is tight. Remember, the best memories are often made when we least expect it, so don't let a tight budget hold you back from having fun with your little ones. Get creative, think outside the box, and most importantly, cherish these moments together. After all, it's the time we spend with our kids that truly matters, not how much we spend. 

What are your favorite budget-friendly activities to do with your kids? Share them in the comments below, and let's inspire each other to have fun without breaking the bank! And don't forget to pin this post for future reference so you can always have a go-to list of activities on hand. Happy parenting! 🌟

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