4 Summertime Activities for Kids
Even if you've signed your kid up for day camps this summer, you're still going to need to find some summertime activities to keep them active and happy the rest of the time.
The great news? There are so many possibilities for summertime fun with costs ranging from a few dollars to totally free. Here are four budget-friendly activities to keep your kids active while they wait for school to start in the fall.
#1: Your Local Park & Recreation Areas
Aside from offering a green space for your kids to run around in, did you know that parks are becoming hangouts with a ton of free, scheduled summertime activities?
Visit your park's website to find out if they offer activities such as outdoor movies, yoga, Zumba, bingo, pet shows, farmer markets, mini-theater performances, and more.
Bonus Tip: Check out your area or city's Parks & Recreation Department website, as there are often tax-supplemented day camps and activities at very discounted rates compared to other camp offerings.
#2: Your Local Library
Visit your local libraries and pick up a copy of their activity calendars. They're filled with exciting (and free) events such as story times with puppies, visits from firemen, science experiments, reptile encounters, etc.
Bonus Tip: Many libraries have summer reading programs that you can sign up for and your child may win prizes after completing a certain amount of reading hours or books throughout the summer. While you're taking advantage of all of these great programs, go ahead and check out books to fulfill the reading program requirements.
#3: National Chains
There are several national chains known for having free or discounted summertime activities for kids. Here's a few to get you started:
- Bowling: Your child can bowl two games for free every day this summer through the Kids Bowl Free program.
- Roller Skating: Your child can also roller skate for free via the Kids Skate Free program. Participating locations by state are available here.
- Movies: There are several nationwide movie theater chains that offer free or discounted movie tickets for kids (think $1 each).
#4: Your Local Museums
Museums typically have a discounted or free day/time period that is sponsored by companies. Go to your local museum's website and check under the "Visitor Information" area, where any discounted or free days will usually be listed.
These aren't the only places where you can find free and discounted summertime activities. You can round out your summer calendar with activities at group-rate prices on sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. Once you start looking, you'll realize that discounts and free activities are everywhere!