50+ Cheap (Or Free) Summer Activities For You And Your Littles

Summer is here! School is out of session for the next few months, the weather is perfect for evenings by the fire, and calendars are beginning to fill up with lots of fun events.

But with all the free time and wonderful weather that summer offers, it can be a little overwhelming to think of ways to keep your children entertained and occupied; especially if you’re trying not to spend money.

The following list of activities may help you better plan your days or weeks with your littles. This list is great for babysitters and nannies, too! These activities are suitable for almost any age. So be creative, have fun together, and enjoy the summer!


At The Park: 

  • Blow bubbles
  • Play frisbee
  • Kick a ball around
  • Swing and slide
  • Have a morning or afternoon picnic
  • Feed the ducks
  • Fly a kite
  • Play in a splash pad

Around Town

  • Go on a walk
  • Visit the farmer's market
  • Get ice cream
  • Ride bikes
  • Visit the library to browse the shelves or participate in a reading or music event
  • Check out garage sales
  • Visit museums or other educational institutes (some may have a discounted admission fee or no admission fee during the summer or on certain days of the week.)
  • Go swimming at the local pool
  • Go to the beach
  • Schedule a play date
  • Go blueberry or strawberry picking
  • Go to a matinee movie 
  • Do volunteer work
  • Visit family

At Home:

  • Play with sidewalk chalk
  • Make homemade play dough 
  • Play a sport in the backyard
  • Garden
  • Maken lemonade or popsicles
  • Wash the dog
  • Wash the car
  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Have a squirt gun fight
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Have a movie night in the backyard
  • Watch the sunset
  • Chase fireflies
  • Start a rock collection
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn to play a musical instrument

On Rainy Days:

  • Read books
  • Color, paint, or draw
  • Play with face or finger paints
  • Watch and old movie and eat popcorn
  • Nap
  • Dance around the house
  • Build a fort
  • Cook or bake
  • Play dress-up
  • Scrapbook
  • Listen to music
  • Have a tea or coffee party
  • Take pictures of your day to print off and add to a photo book at a later date
  • Play board games or cards

What are your favorite ways to keep your kiddos entertained during the Summer?


Ashley Woodbeck


Ashley lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. She is a stay-at- home mother who is passionate about using natural methods of homemaking to accommodate her family’s simple lifestyle. Her blog A Mother’s Window contains tidbits and reflections on motherhood in the city. In her spare time she watches movies with her husband and goes thrift shopping.

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