Summer has just begun and parents and caregivers everywhere are already looking for activities to keep the kids occupied and happy without breaking the bank. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our 20 favorite FUN, CREATIVE, and FREE activities to do this summer.
- Plan a trip to the Children’s Museum in your city. The Children’s Museum has partnered with Target to offer Target Free Tuesday every month for children. Check with your local Children’s Museum for times and details.
- If you’re a Bank of America cardholder (ATM, Credit or Debit), take advantage of their Museums on US program, offering free general admission to museums, botanical centers, zoos, science centers, and more on the first full weekend of every month. Visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com/MOU_homepage_2009.swf for participating museums and program details.
- Visit your local farmer’s market.
- Earn free books by participating in the Barnes & Noble free Summer Reading Program. Details at: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our_company/community/Summer_Reading/Summer_Reading_Program.html
- Visit your local Barnes & Noble Store for free story time and costume character visits (e.g. Clifford, Winnie the Pooh, Curious George, Peter Rabbit and more). Visit http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our_company/community/Storytimes_Costume_Character/storytimes_costume_characters%20.html to view upcoming events at your nearest Barnes & Noble location.
- Feed the ducks or go fishing at your local pond.
- Sign your child up for a free Apple Store iMovie Camp to learn the ins and outs of film making. Details and sign up at www.apple.com/retail/camp/
- Enjoy the playground at your local park
- AMC Summer Movie Camp is offering nearly-free, $1 movies every Tuesday at 10 a.m. all summer long. Most importantly, all admission and concession stand proceeds will benefit The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. See a list of participating theatres and movie selections at www.amcentertainment.com/smc/
- Visit your local library. Not only can you can check out books or movies for free, but you can also attend free story times and events.
- Take advantage of the free trial classes offered in your community for popular activities such as swimming, tumbling/gymnastics, dance, golf, karate, music and art.
- Get wet in the backyard! Take advantage of your pool (if you have one), water balloons, squirt guns, running through the sprinklers or playing in the kiddie pool.
- Have a craft day with the kids. You can find lots of free craft ideas and printable worksheets and activities online.
- Volunteer. Let the kid’s pick out a worthy non-profit cause and make a commitment to donate your time to help others this summer.
- Go on a nature walk or enjoy a day at the beach or lake.
- If you’re going to be eating meals on the go, be sure to check your community restaurants and compile a list (or obtain one online) of all the Kids Eat Free days and locations near you.
- Lastly, make sure to search online for your local free attractions. Most cities will publish a list of free activities and events in your area.
Do you know of other great and FREE summer activities? Comment and share!