If you’re looking for some family fun that won’t cost you a penny, this list of 50 Free Things to Do With Kids will set you up with tons of free activities for kids!
Free summer activities
Do you know the number one complaint I hear here from most moms trying to have a fun summer? It’s that activities cost a lot of money and after one or two fun centers you can feel pretty broke and like you spent your whole summer fun budget.
We absolutely love these fun centers, and we love finding as many fun activities as possible. But in order to make those happen, we need to find plenty of free summer activities to balance the budget.
Even if you don’t really have a summer fun budget, I’m a firm believer that shouldn’t stop the fun! There are plenty of free summer activities you can do! And we are here to help you find the best ones for your family!
If you look at our 150 summer activities, you’ll finally have an entire section of free activities. I’m definitely going to include those here, but I wanted to make sure you have several more free options to choose from!
Free Things to Do With Kids This Summer
Ready for a fun outing? Try one of these free things to do with kids this summer!
- Museum Preview Day (AKA free visit day) at the Children’s Museum
- Attend Free Preview Day at the Science Museum
- Visit the Library
- Library Story Time
- Tour a Fire Station
- Kids Club Song Time (check city websites and mall websites for offerings)
- Have a Beach Day
- Visit the Farmer’s Market
- Go Geocaching
- Attend a Community Concert
- Find Your Closest Movies in the Park
- Download Pokemon Go and Catch “Em All!
- Do a Service Project Together
- Watch Airplanes Take Off At the Airport
- Visit a Pet Store or Animal Shelter
Things to Do Outside for Free
- Visit a Playground
- Find a New Park You’ve Never Been to Before
- Run through the sprinklers
- Splash Pad (find the best splash pads in your area)
- Park Picnic
- Go for a Bike Ride
- Ride Scooters
- Visit a Skatepark
- Go for a Hike (how to find great trails in our hiking date post)
- Attend a minor league baseball game (they have many free days)
- Go on a nature walk
- Create Sidewalk Chalk Murals
- Set Up a Tent in the Backyard for a Campout
- Fly Kites
- Create Sand Castles
Free At-Home Activities
- Take Drawing Lessons Online
- Dance to GoNoodle Movies
- Build an Epic Fort
- Home Depot Kids Workshop Kits
- Do a Riddle with Google Home/Alexa
- Sing Karaoke Songs
- Have an Outdoor Family Movie Night
- Have a Double Feature Movie Marathon Night
- Create a Music Video
- Create a Stop-Motion Movie Together
- Have a Family Game Night
- Play Night Games Together in Your Yard
- Do a Scavenger Hunt for Kids with our FREE Printable!
- Have a Read-a-Thon
- Do a Read-Aloud Together
- Make Paper Airplanes and Have a Flying Contest
- Create an Obstacle Course to Complete
- Have a Car Wash/Bike Wash
- Create Something Out of Cardboard Boxes
- Draw or Write Thank You Cards
- Download our FREE Summer I Spy
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