20 Fun, Free Summer Activities To Do With Children

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.

  • Have fun bowling this summer with Kids Bowl Free. Children can enjoy 2 free games of bowling everyday. For details and participating centers in your area, visit www.kidsbowlfree.com.
  • Attend a free Build and Grow Clinic at your local Lowe’s Store. Your child will receive a free wooden project, apron, goggles, project themed patch, and a certification of merit. Free clinics are held every Saturday at 10 a.m. Details at www.lowesbuildandgrow.com.
  • Attend a free Kids WorkShop at your local Home Depotstore. Children participate in a free project, and receive a free kid-sized apron, and achievement pin.
  • Target has partnered with Children’s Museums, educators, and arts organizations nationwide to help children and their families engage in arts and cultural eventsVisit their websiteto find free admission to Children’s Museums and free and reduced price events in your area.
  • 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 their websitefor participating museums and program details.
  • Visit your local farmer’s market.
  • Earn free books by participating in the Barnes & Noble free Summer Reading Program.
  • 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 their website 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 their website.
  • Enjoy the playground at your local park
  • Pottery Barn is offering several kids events, including a Father’s Day Lego Duplo Jams, Sing-a-long concerts, and meeting National Geographic Explorers!  Details at their website.
  • Visit your local library. Most libraries have a schedule of summer story times and other fun activities for both older and younger children, and of course, you can check out books, movies, and other media for free.
  • 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!


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7 thoughts on “20 Fun, Free Summer Activities To Do With Children

  1. We love going to our local farmer’s market and browsing through the fresh produce. I’ll let the kids pick out some produce and then we’ll go home and find fun (HEALTHY!!) snacks and meals to make from it.

  2. we spend as much time outside as possible! we garden, play with the water hose, play hopscotch in the driveway, hit the tennis courts – anything that gets us outdoors and active is a-OK in my book and the kids LOVE being able to get out and do different activities.

  3. My charges love going to the park. We fish, feed the ducks, walk around the trails, collect rocks and leaves, take pictures of the wildlife, go on picnics, play on the playground… the park is one of the best free resources out there!

  4. sidewalk chalk is one of the best investments i’ve ever made during the summer. the kids i watch spend HOURS outside drawing on the sidewalk and driveway, and they’re always coming up with new games to play.

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