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Summer is finally here, which is great news. Like most other families in this country, we’re on a budget too. No one wants to spend a ton of money on family activities that they can’t afford. If you’re looking for family summer activities you will love that these are actually free!
12 Family Summer Activities That You Won't Believe are Actually Free!
Visit all the parks in your area – Challenge yourself to visit all the parks in your area. Most communities have at least one park, if not multiple. If you don’t have a park in your area, then head to the local towns. Parks are almost always free, which is a great opportunity for family time. You can pack a lunch and just enjoy each other’s company.
Splash pads! – A lot of towns are starting to set up splash pads. They are low maintenance ways people of the community can have fun. Splash pads are where water comes out of the ground and then immediately finds its way back into the drains.
No one has to worry about lifeguards, but kids can also cool off and have fun.
Home Depot / Lowes Workshops – Both Home Depot and Lowes have workshops all year long and pick up a bit during summer. The Workshops teach the kids about tools and how to use them and they come away with a super fun craft or toy. This one of my son's favorite family summer activities.
Check to see what your local store is offering. Home Depot workshops for both kids and adults.
The Lowes Build and Grow event is held every month around the middle o the month and they have made everything from dinosaurs to toy cars.
Go to the beach – Even landlocked states have a beach. Think of lakeside or local swimming hole. If parking will cost money think of parking a bit further away and walking. Though going on off times will generally lead to free parking.
Factory Tours – Check to see if there are any factory tours near you. Most of them are free and they are great field trips for the kids.
Bonus if it's a food tour you usually get samples!
Summer Reading Programs – There are so many summer reading programs out there for kids. They are free and when your child reaches the goal they get all kinds of freebies from free books, free food, up to free movie passes, and more.
Lego Events – While the ever-popular Lego mini builds have been discontinued many stores still have events going on so many sure to check out if you have a store near you
Library activities – Don't forget your local library! Our has arts and crafts days and even a Lego club for kids to meet up and do lego builds together. They supply the Legos!
Microsoft YouthSpark Camp – Held at a Microsoft store they supply everything you need for these different events. Upcoming include a Harry Potter themed coding event, a fortnight group gaming tournaments, Minecraft programming, a learn how to create a video game camp, and more.
This gets my vote for top family summer activities because it includes learning!
Apple Summer Camp – Apple has its own summer camp too, everything from learning how to design a park to rocking out with garage band.
Bike rides on bike trails – If you can find a bike trail in your area, this makes for a free summer family activity everyone can love. Bike trails are great because families don’t have to worry about cars. You can enjoy biking at a pace the whole family can enjoy. A lot of bike trails also welcome walkers, so this may also be an option if your family does not have bikes.
Free community events – Again, almost every community has free activities. Whether that’s a free movie in the park or a free family day, keep an eye out for them. You may be able to fill your summer calendars with VBS and free sports camps. There is a lot of free out there, you just have to search for it.
I want to know what are some of your favorite family summer activities? Let me know in the comments below!