Summer Save Series: 10 Free or Budget-Friendly Summer Activities For Children


Many parents see their bills shoot up in summer as they pay for activities like camp, summer classes, sports leagues, trips to the movies, restaurant meals, and all the other expenses that come with keeping kids entertained.


Well, don't worry. There are ways to keep your children occupied, for free, or for just a few bucks. Here's a list of 38 free or cheap summer activities for kids.





  1. Browse books at the library

  2. Arrange playing with neighborhood kids. Once you get enough children together, their imagination takes over and they'll entertain themselves.

  3. Do a lemonade stand. Check out this video for tips on budgeting, marketing and more for your lemonade stand!

  4. Visit the park.

  5. Bake cookies and other desserts. Learn the art of cooking.

  6. Fingerpaint

  7. Make snow cones out of crushed ice. Add different flavors and serve friends.

  8. Play hide-and-go-seek.

  9. Fly kites. Don't want to buy one? Have the kids make their own


10. Go camping - even if it's just in the backyard.





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