There is no reason to spend money on a big vacation when there are so many fun and free things right where you are!

Here are just a few (100+) ideas to get you started! 😉

Summer Activities

In The House

Video Performance Treasure Hunt:Summer Activities
Living Room Sleepover
Make a Fort out of Blankets
Movie Night in Pajamas
Have a Craft Night (Nature Journals,
Family Board Game Night
Scavenger Hunt around the House
Paint with Watercolors
Have a Reading Party and play a little Bingo:Summer Activities
Learn some Origami
Make Box Cars (sit in them for a movie night)
Make Paper Airplanes and Race Them
Have a Magic Show:

Summer Activities
Make Potato Stamp Art
Make sock puppets and have a Puppet Show (don’t forget to record it!)
Have a Tea Party
Melt Crayons on Canvas for Art
Have a Costume Party (use halloween costumes)
Have a Dance Party
Make homemade musical instruments and have a concert
Make a Parachute out of an Old Umbrella
Make Confetti Fire Crackers:Summer Activities
Make Layered Soap
Use some of those 2×4’s laying around and make a family game board:Summer Activities

In the Yard

Backyard Campout in a Tent
BBQ Potluck with neighbors or friends
Water Activities: Run through the Sprinklers, Have a Water Bottle Water Fight, Water Balloons, Water Baseball or Kickball, Make a Slip-n-Slide…)
Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
Have a car washing party and get your rides sparkly clean
Decorate Bikes for a bike ride or your own parade
Out-door movie night (In your garage or on an exterior wall w/ projector)
Make your own circus with hula hoops (include your pets too)
Create your own Obstacle Course
Plant Flowers
Plant a Garden

At the Park

Fly Kites
Ride Bikes
Play Tennis
Play Frisbee
Learn Frisbee GolfSummer Activities Have a PicnicSummer Activities Go on a Nature Walk
Try Ice Blocking
Play at a Splash Park

In Town

Attend a Farmer’s Market
Attend Free Movies (check listings)
Go to a Concert in the Park
Watch a Parade
Visit Flea Markets or Yard Sales
Check Bowling Lanes for free events
Go swimming at Pool (look for free days)

In Nature

Try Geo Cashing
Enjoy Hiking
Go Stargazing
Visit/Tour a Farm
Feed ducks at a pond
Find Alphabet Letters in Object for Letter Photo ArtSummer Activities
Reserve a spot at a county park and camp overnight

For Others

Do Yard Work for a NeighborSummer Activities
Take them a meal or treats
Write letters/cards/art and mail them to a loved one
Make a Quilt for a Child in the HospitalSummer Activities
Serve at a local food kitchen
Write Love Notes to Members of Your Family

For Learning

Visit Historical Sites in your area
Visit Museums (check for FREE days)
Visit a National Park (Click HERE to see FREE days)
Visit your Local library (sign up for a reading program)
Have a Science Day (and do science projects)
Tour a Fire Station
Tour a Factory (chocolate is always good)
Visit family’s grave sites
Learn about your family’s history
Tour the capital building or the local courthouse
Learn about different countries (photos, books, movies, food, talk to someone who’s been)

For Play

Make Sidewalk ChalkSummer Activities Make home made Play doughSummer Activities Write a Play/Movie and act it out (or video it)
Visit a new park/playground
Have a toy swap (get rid of old toys and swap for new ones with friends)
Make paper dolls
Make Shaving Cream Art
Make Bubble Blowers

For Eating

Make homemade ice cream
Try a new recipe
Let kid’s create the menu and serve the adults (teach how to set a table correctly)
Have a manners/courtesy dinner
Make and Pull TaffySummer Activities Make French bread Pizza
Have a Neighborhood Potluck
 Make Healthy SmoothiesSummer Activities Make Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas
Make Healthy Popsicles

What are some of YOUR favorite free things to do in the summer?

Over 100 Cheap to FREE Summer Activties

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    1. April 9th, 2013 at 5:13 pm
      sarah bridgeman says:
      I love the ideas, but one of them says Geo cashing and it should be geocaching. This is a great activity to do with the family and they are located in almost every park and cemetery and hiking trail. So when you go hiking with the kids or walking on a trail, they get some added fun. It has also taken me to some of the most unusual places I never would have even know about. Even in my own town.
    2. July 10th, 2014 at 12:48 am
      Kristina Legereit says:
      Awesome blog keep doing what your doing!!!
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