15 Summer Activities For Kids That Won’t Break The Bank

Summer isn’t here officially but the weather says it is.  We have one kid who has finished pre-school and already started summer break, and our other will be done in less than two weeks (he’s counting down the days *lol*).

It’s important to keep kids entertained, active, and engaged, so here are some things that we are planning to get us through the summer.  Not only are these fun, but many of them are free or very low cost!

  1. Flying Kites In The Park

    There’s a lot of parks nearby, but for some reason there’s one that we tend to go to when it’s time to fly a kite.  The kids love it and we will hopefully get to do it more than once or twice!

  2. Go To The Beach

    There’s a nearby beach that we can get into for a $35 annual pass.  On warm days, this is used A LOT!  This summer will be fun because there are two sides to the lake, a shallow side and a deeper side, and I suspect that our kids may want to be in different ends.  Fun!

  3. Cheap Baseball Tickets

    A new baseball stadium was built about 10 minutes away.  It’s not even a minor league team, but is instead an independent league of three teams that take turns playing each other.  Nobody will recognize the players, of course, but with tickets starting at $6, this is a no-brainer! And if there are no teams nearby, you could always buy a pair of quality baseball gloves and throw a ball around yourselves!

  4. Taking Care of the Vegetables

    The kids each got to pick out a vegetable at the farmer’s market this year.  They’re planted and growing, and they’re looking forward to seeing them grow and yield veggies!

  5. Playing In the Water

    We have a small pool, a water table, sprinklers, and water guns that are great for a few hours of fun on a hot day.

  6. Playgrounds and Play Dates

    We have a few great playgrounds at parks that the kids love, and are still interesting enough even for our older child (who is 7).

  7. Reading

    Our 7-year old son loves to read.  He has a few different series of books already and I know he’ll enjoy some downtime with a book in his hand…just like I remember doing at that time!  Our youngest isn’t old enough to read yet, but hopefully we can continue to steer her that way by getting her books she can look through and that we can read to her.

  8. Camping

    We have camping reservations throughout the state at different times across the summer.  The kids are definitely building memories that they’ll carry with them for life.

  9. Visit the Zoo

    The Detroit Zoo is one of the favorite stops for our family and we just renewed our annual membership!mb-2016-06-beach

  10. Stop at the Museum

    We have a great museum called The Henry Ford that has an indoor museum and an outdoor museum, so we can go year round.  We just renewed this as well!

  11. Visiting Grandparents 

    Our parents both love having the kids over, and hopefully our kids will get some well deserved time to be spoiled and loved in ways that only grandparents can deliver!

  12. Vacation Bible School

    -Our son went last year and really enjoyed it.  This year, both kids will be going and will both be in classes that contain people they already know!

  13. Activity Camps

    Each kid has an activity camp that lasts a week for a few hours per day.  Our daughter is going to a dance camp, and our son will be doing a robotics camp.  This one steps outside the bounds of frugality more than many of the others, but these are the things that they look forward to for months in advance.

  14. Making Crafts

    The kids both love art.  It’s good to have some stuff to do indoors on really hot or rainy days.

  15. Doing Nothing

    -I’m a firm believer that kids need a good deal of unscheduled time, so they’ll have some of that!

What do you have lined up for your kids this year? Any suggestions to add to our list?

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11 thoughts on “15 Summer Activities For Kids That Won’t Break The Bank

  1. And the kids will all love doing those things more than doing stuff that cost money. They just want you to spend time with them instead of seeing their parents holding up their smart phone and saying, “hold on just a few more minutes and I’ll be there.”
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    • Those can be tough. My advice is to force yourself to use it at least once right away. Like plan the date before you make the purchase. That’ll at least get you halfway there, and you’ll have the momentum from the first one that’ll likely push you to hit your targets.

  2. I love that most of these ideas mean getting outside! As I wrapped up the year, I asked my students what they were doing this summer. It was sad to hear many of them said they weren’t allowed to go outside. Many of them live in unsafe neighborhoods. I encouraged them to go to parks and play outside in safer areas. I hope they take my advice.

    As a side note, I went to summer bible camp as a teen and had a blast! Going to any summer camp is a great adventure that every kid should experience at least once.
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    • That stinks. I think that going outside is a huge part of a kid being a kid. I couldn’t imagine otherwise. Our kids get to take advantage of technology, with TV and tablet time something they look forward to, but the times they get to use those is the exception, not the norm.

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