To plan for our summer, I’m making a list now of free or cheap summertime activities for my kids. Yes, it’s the end of February on the calendar. By making my list now, I can look for Groupon and Living Social deals. I can monitor sign up deadlines for the library and not miss out on fun opportunities like Science in the Summer. I can ask my husband to schedule his vacation time for the bigger activities. And finally, I can register early to take advantage of discounts for paid programs.
Because we’re spending $760 for 6 people for the swim club, the rest of our activities for the summer will be free or cheap. Fortunately, we live in an suburban area with lots of opportunities for free activities for the kids within 15 to 20 minutes of our home.
- Reading Club – Prizes and incentives from local businesses are usually offered.
- Craft times
- Science in the Summer
- Video rentals for a movie afternoon – usually under $2 for a weekly rental
Summer Reading Programs
- Summer Reading Program at Barnes and Noble
- Summer Reading Challenge at Pottery Barn
- TD Bank Summer Reading Program for Kids
- HEB Summer Reading Club for Kids
Summer Camp through your local township
Ours charges $45 per kid with a cap of $65 per family.
- Strawberry Festival
- Peach Festival
- Mushroom Festival
- July 4th
- fun runs for parents and kids
- bike decorating competitions
Recent and older kids movies offered on for a Tuesday or Wednesday matineee. Tickets run about $1 to $2.
- State parks
- Wildlife refuges
- Township parks
- Historic sites
- Pick Your Own Farms
- Do a walking tour of outdoor art in the city
- Factory Tour
- Free Classes for Kids at Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics
- Home Depot Kids Workshop: Free Classes for Kids
- Free Classes for kids at Michaels’ The Knack
- Free Classes at Toys R Us
- Disney Store In-Store Events
- Free Events at Pottery Barn Kids
- Lakeshore Learning Center Free Classes for Kids
- Ride Bikes at a local park
- Roller skate
- Visit a Farmers Market
- Kids Bowl Free
- Vacation Bible Camp