15 fun (and cheap!) summer activities for kids

In an effort to keep the boredom at bay, we’ve rounded up at list of 15 fun (and cheap!) activities that the whole family can enjoy this summer.

By Morgan Sparks

Family Fun



Summer is right around the corner, and while we are all excited for slow mornings and sunny, warm days, we know that it doesn’t take long for the kids to start whining those two dreaded words…

“I’m bored!”

In an effort to keep the boredom at bay, we’ve rounded up at list of 15 fun (and cheap!) activities that the whole family can enjoy this summer.

1. Have a family picnic in the park

Don’t forget to bring some frozen peas or chopped lettuce to feed the ducks!

2. Go camping

You could go all out and head to your closest state park or you could pitch a tent right in the middle of your backyard.

3. Invite friends over for a bonfire:

Don’t forget the marshmallows for roasting!

4. Play in water

Get out the sprinkler, slip in slide, water table or eventhe water balloonsand have a water balloon fight!

5. Go to the library

Check out a few books or stay for story time.

6. Go to the local drive-in movie theater

Pack some lawn chairs and blankets and snuggle up under the stars for a family movie night.

7. Spend the morning going to garage sales or visiting the local flea market

Let your kids bring their own money and watch them find some unique goods.

8. Spend the morning at your local Farmers Market

Bring home some local produce to use in a recipe together as an added bonus!

9. Go to a concert or movie in the park

Check out your local city park calendars to see what events that have coming up in the next few months.

10. Try out some easy and fun science experiments

Pinterest has tons of ideas and tutorials for all ages.

11. Start a garden

This is an activity that keeps on giving! Once your garden is planted, be sure to include the kids in daily watering and watch their excitement as they see their hard work pay off when the plants begin to grow.

12. Visit a nature park

Don’t have a state park or botanical garden in your town or city? Make a day trip out of it and road trip over to the next city to enjoy the day outside together.

13. Follow a simple recipe and have kids measure out ingredients

This is a good activity to keep those math skills sharp during the summer months when school isn’t in session.

14. Play mini golf

Get competitive with a friendly family game of mini golf. Make an entire evening out of it and go out for ice cream afterwards.

15. Go fruit picking

Whether your picking strawberries, blueberries, apples, or another fruit, this is a fun activity to do together. The best part? You get to bring all that fruit home and enjoy your hard work for the days ahead.

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