12 Inexpensive Ways to Have Fun This Season

12 Inexpensive Ways to Have Fun This Season

12 Spring & Summer ideas to beat the heat without breaking the bank

Sunshine is finally here! The kids are almost out of school, the weather is beautiful, and the possibilities are endless.

Although this time of year can be relaxing and therapeutic, keeping the kids entertained all summer long can be stressful. Between trips to the zoo, festivals, and birthday parties, the summer months can do some damage on your wallet, especially if you’re on a budget.

Check out these 12 tips for you and the kids to have some frugal family fun this spring and summer once COVID restrictions are lifted:

Close Up of Light Purple Metal Tub Containing Water Balloons 1 Outdoor Water Balloon Fun
There are endless possibilities when it comes to water balloons. Not only are they fun for the kids to play with, but they’re refreshing and easy on your wallet. One nontraditional activity is a water balloon piñata. All you need to do is hang a rope between two trees or poles, tie some string to the end of the water balloons, and let the kids have at it – just make sure there’s enough space so no one gets hurt.
White Metal Fitness and Sports Equipment Storage Organizer in Garage Holding Balls and Baseball Bats 2 Organize a Neighborhood Baseball Game
We used to do this when I was a kid and I loved it. Summer is the perfect time to get some of the neighborhood families together and create your own weekly baseball league. Let the kids pick the teams or play adults vs. kids. Whatever way you decide to do it, everyone will have a great time and stay active for free!
Silhouette of crowd at concert in front of stage with bright orange lights 3 Go See a Free Concert
Concerts are always a fun summertime activity but can often get expensive when you add on parking, drinks, and ticket prices. If you like seeing live music but don’t want to break the bank, free concerts are the perfect alternative. Many cities host regular free concerts on a weekly or monthly basis during the summer months. Check your city’s website or ask around to learn when the next concert is featured.
Bamboo Wood Storage Bin Next to Picnic Blanket with Chocolate, Marshmallows and S'more Supplies 4 Backyard Camping
If you have the urge to go camping but don’t feel like going through the hassle of packing up the car and planning a trip, pitch a tent in the backyard! Tell ghost stories, look for constellations, sit by the fire, make s’mores and just enjoy your time together.
Young boy with smile running on grass through sprinkler water 5 Turn a Large Soda Bottle into a Sprinkler
Go outside and run through the sprinkler! Some of the simplest ideas will keep the kids entertained for hours. If you don’t own a traditional sprinkler, you can make your own by attaching a hose to a 2-liter pop bottle and poking holes in it.
Young girl sitting at white table painting with multiple paint colors and brush 6 Visit the Library
Cheap, educational, and cool – libraries offer more than just books. Check your local library for events such as like craft days and story time. Most libraries feature art classes and other fun activities to keep the kids busy. Visit your local library’s website for a calendar of upcoming events and fill your next rainy day with some indoor fun.
2-Tier Clear Plastic Stadium Storage Rack with 4 Bags of Movie Theater Popcorn Surrounded by Loose Popcorn Kernels 7 Free/Cheap Days at the Movie Theater
Some movie theater’s host a $5 or discount day once a week. Do some research before you plan your trip and you’re guaranteed to find a deal that’ll keep you and the kids entertained without breaking the bank.
Dinosaur T-rex Skull Bones in Museum Room 8 Museums
If you live near any museums, chances are they have free days as well. Equipped with air conditioning, education, and endless opportunities to keep the kids entertained, a museum should be at the top of your list for cheap fun. Simply search for free museum days in your area and you’ll not only find a list of free or discounted price days, but you might even find some museums near you that you didn’t even know existed.
Boardwalk Hiking Trail Through Green Grass and Trees 9 Local Parks
Take the kids for a hike in a nearby park. Pack a bag with plenty of water, snacks, and maybe even a map depending on the size of the park. If the park has a river flowing through it, bring tubes, kayaks or just swimsuits to keep the kids entertained (be sure tp check for safe swimming conditions first). Most parks even have playgrounds and picnic tables – perfect for making a day out of your trip to the park.
Parade of Cheerleader Girls in Blue Uniforms Holding Flags from Different Countries 10 See a Parade
No matter where you live there are probably local parades going on at least a few times throughout the upcoming months. Most cities put on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day parades all for free! Do some research in nearby cities and mark your calendar for some free fun with the kids.
Young Boy Swimming in Lake with 2 Friends Blurred Behind Him 11 Beach
If you’re lucky enough to live near an ocean or lake, a beach day is the perfect way to beat the heat. All you need are swimsuits, sunscreen, and some snacks - or even a picnic lunch if you want to make a day out of it.
Hand Holding Chalk Writing Scavenger Hunt onto a Slate Tray on White Background 12 Create a Scavenger Hunt for the Kids
Make a list of items in nature like bugs, birds, and leaves, then let the kids go out and try to find them. With the help of their imagination, you can keep them busy for hours, all while keeping them active and outdoors.

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Posted: Apr 22, 2021