Fun and Inexpensive Things To Do With The Kids This Summer

It looks like summer is finally here and I don’t know about you, but I am ready to hit the golf course… I meant playgrounds bright and early, splash at some new spray parks, and overall, just make it one epic summer for my child.

Each summer we have a goal to try something new and visit a different part of our fair city. It keeps things exciting and fresh for him and sometimes a reminder for me, allowing him to make new friends all over the city.

By the end of the summer, he has usually compiled a list of his favourite places. We can print off a list of all the places in our city ahead of time and mark them off as we visit them!

In addition to finding new places to see, my son enjoy spending their time drawing with chalk and playing with water, which is why you will find plenty of both on this list of summer activities for kids.

I personally like to keep things as inexpensive and simple as possible when it comes to planning out our summer. So if you are looking to keep things frugal this summer, then you’ll definitely want to try all of these ideas on this list of 30 fun and cheap things to do this summer with children.

  1. Make ice cream in a bag.
  2. Go berry picking.
  3. Have a water fight.
  4. Run through the sprinklers.
  5. Jump on the trampoline with the sprinklers on.
  6. Set up a lemonade stand.
  7. Jump on the trampoline with water balloons.
  8. Play hopscotch (don’t be afraid to make it big too!).
  9. Draw roads with chalk on the driveway for little matchbox cars.
  10. Make home-made popsicles.
  11. Have a water balloon fight.
  12. Feed the ducks at a local pond (remember, no bread please!).
  13. Skip rocks at a local pond or creek.
  14. Visit a park you’ve never been to.
  15. Make a giant Twister game on your driveway with chalk.
  16. Go to a spray park, splash pad or paddling pool you’ve never been to.
  17. Have a tea party in the backyard.
  18. Go on a picnic.
  19. Set up a tent and go camping in the backyard.
  20. Make a homemade slip-and-slide with a tarp and water.
  21. Make s’mores.
  22. Build a sandcastle.
  23. Go to the beach and collect seashells.
  24. Visit the public library.
  25. Collect bottle caps (and make a picture).
  26. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  27. Create an obstacle course in your backyard.
  28. Make an outdoor music station using tin cans, metal bowls, wooden spoons, etc.
  29. Decorate your bike (make a wheel noise maker) and ride around the neighbourhood.
  30. Make a kite and fly it.

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