8 Free And Fun Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

8 Free And Fun Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy This SummerSchool is out for summer, and that means you have some energetic kids on your hands and a ton of time to kill.  98% of my favorite childhood memories occurred during the summer.  But, that doesn’t mean that I spent the summers with season passes to water parks and jet-skiing and taking trips to amusement parks.  You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make sure your kids have a fun and memorable summer, sometimes some of the best memories are the ones that didn’t cost a dime.

Not everyone can afford to take their kids to the moon and back this summer.  So, for those parents on a budget that want to make sure their kids stay busy and still have a blast, we put together a list of some of the free and FUN activities for your kids this summer.


Believe it or not, there are still libraries and they are still free. You would be amazed by how much more excited kids are about reading when you let them choose their own books at the library.  Most libraries also have huge selections of movies now that they lend out as well.  While you are at the library check their community bulletin board.  A lot of libraries offer free activities for kids during the summer like storytime or craft day.


Camping doesn’t have to cost hundreds of dollars to make your kids happy.  You don’t need to run out and buy a new tent, sleeping bags, and rent a campground.  Go rustic in your back yard.  Tie a string between two trees and drape a sheet over it.  Drag out the pillows and blankets, and make a campfire and whip up your smores.  Your kids don’t care if you have state-of-the-art camping gear, they will probably have more fun making their own tent out of sheets and blankets anyways.


Let your kids make their own boards on Pinterest and find crafts they want to do.  Pinterest has a smorgasbord of budget friendly kids’ crafts and printable activities.  Plus, your kids will be much more excited about the activities if they choose their crafts themselves.


You don’t need to buy season passes to a nearby water park to cool off this summer and splash with the kids.  There are tons of FREE places to go swimming, and guaranteed your kids will have just as much fun.  Check out your local YMCA and see if they have an open swim day.  Also, you can find a nearby public lake, or if you are lucky enough possibly even an ocean.

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Movie Marathon

Have a movie day – you don’t need to run out and purchase a bunch of DVDs.  Fire up Netflix, or rent some for free from your local library.  Go all out in the living room, let the kids make forts out of the couch cushions and whip up some microwave popcorn and snacks.

National Parks

Check the National Park website and find one in your area.  National Parks are free, full of wildlife, have amazing hiking trails, and some even have lakes or ponds.  A lot of National Parks even have activities for kids and free programs, do your research online and check out the National Parks website right here.

Treasure Hunt

Employ the help of a few parents in your neighborhood and put together a treasure hunt – you can hand out maps to all of the kids, and lead them on a wild goose chase around your neighborhood for a house.  Of course, eventually, you will have to have a treasure stashed somewhere for them, a box full of candy and trinkets would make it all worthwhile.

Pet Store

Not everyone has a local zoo, but nearly every city has a pet store.  Have a firm chat with the kids before heading inside and let the know that you are by no means bringing home any animals unless of course you want to adopt a puppy which would definitely keep your kids busy this summer.  Pet stores have it all – fluffy bunnies to pet, reptile rooms, puppies that lick your face, and gorgeous tanks of tropical fish.


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  • these are seriously some great ideas! I dont have kids but i will be using these ideas for myself as well. I need to get out of my house more often LOL

  • leira

    I like this tips!!! My daughter is on vacation until August and I am always thinking of creative ways to keep her from being bored. So this tips are a lifesaver!!

  • We live in the south, so just stepping out the door keeps the kids entertained. Nothing’s more fun than roaming through the woods.

  • This is a great list. My kids and I love swimming and going to the library. We’re always looking for new fun things to do over summer!

  • Love these ideas!! It is crazy how fast doing things with the kids can add up, love the library idea I always forget they have things going on.

  • All of these are great ideas! There are also plenty of places that need help in the summer – volunteer at a food bank, shelter or retirement home!

  • Maggie branch

    I really like that you’ve included the library on here. Growing up the library was one of my favorite places to go! There were always cool events there and I think visiting from a young age has definitely fostered my lifelong love of reading.

  • These are lovely ideas. We have done all this except for Pinterest. I think this is something the twins will enjoy.

  • Those are fun things to do! This will keep the little ones busy during the summer. My kids love going to the library and watching movies.

  • These sound like great ideas to keep your kids busy this summer, and free is always a good idea!!

  • These are all things that my kids absolutely love. I will try taking them to some parks!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are all great things for your kids to do this summer. I love the idea of going to the pet store and the treasure hunt is always fun for the kids. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • The pool is our biggest no cost activity. The kids love it and it’s free!

  • Keeping your kids busy is so helpful during the Summer months. I don’t have kids, but I remember being a kid and being bored about a month into Summer. Bored kids get into way more trouble.

  • Kathy

    These are all wonderful ideas. Treasure hunts are my daughters favorites. We actually did something similar to that yesterday. They loved it!

  • These are some great ideas. Although I do not like the idea of getting a pet from the pet store I am with you, I love visiting them!

  • CourtneyLynne

    These are some great ideas!!!! We are all about swimming in the summer. Our pool was seriously the best investment ever

  • I love fun and free ideas for kids. Summer break is a long time and it is great to have some ideas.

  • Making the Pinterest board is genius. Thank you for that idea and will definitely try this with the girl. 🙂 – Yolo

  • We absolutely adore the library–we walk there at least 2x per week. These are all great tips!!

  • My daughter would spend all day in the swimming pool if I let her, she likes to think she is a mermaid. 🙂

  • I love these suggestions. I think it’s very important to keep them active in the Summer

  • My daughter looooves swimming. We in winter at the moment here but I can tell she’s eagerly waiting for summer to get back in the water and to swimming lessons.

  • I’m looking forward to trying some of these activities with my son this summer. We have a library not far from our house that I know will be fun to visit.

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