The kids are out of school and entertaining them can get costly.
However, there are plenty of things to do with your children in the summer that can improve their confidence and skills while also giving them a fun and happy summer.
Here are 20 free activities to do with your child that is fun for both the parent and the kids.
1. Free concerts in the park
Most cities will have concerts in the park for free, especially during the summer. The concerts are kid-friendly, and will usually have other activities involved.
2. Check out your local library
Your local library should have year-round events going on for children and adults. At my local library, there are classes for plant-based cooking, gardening, knitting, and other activities for adults. For children, there are similar activities for free or at a low cost. Along with that, most libraries will have some type of summer reading program going on where children can come to a book reading, or be rewarded for reading x amount of books.
Volunteering is a great way to give back and have a lot of fun. Most cities will have an animal shelter that is always in need of help. Not only that, you and your kids can also volunteer with your local cleanup group cleaning up areas of the city that has a lot of litter. There are extra perks to volunteering such as having volunteer parties that have free food and activities as a thank you to the volunteers.
4. Take your dog on an adventure
Taking both your kids and dogs on a hike or swim at the lake can be a lot of fun for the entire family, pets involved. Make sure to bring some toys, like this water basketball hoop or this unicorn inflatable tube.
5. Learn a language
Teaching your child a language while they’re young gives them the chance to achieve a skill that will help them out in life forever. Learning a language at a young age is the best time to learn a language.
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6. Learn an instrument
Do you have an instrument somewhere in the house? Even if you don’t, you can check out Craigslist and see if anyone is giving away an instrument for free. During the summer, a lot of people are moving and are trying to get rid of stuff in their house that they no longer use. Once you obtain an instrument, you can help teach your child an instrument with YouTube.
AllTrails is a free app that tells you what trails are in the area, their distance, their difficulty, and reviews from others who have completed the trail. Hiking is the perfect way to get your children involved with nature and wildlife. The experience can give them not only exercise but allow them to appreciate the environment. This is the perfect time to explain to them how to take care of the environment and why it matters.
8. Bike riding
If your family has bikes in the house, this can become a great workout while also being really exciting. Do you have kids that aren’t old enough to ride their own bikes yet? You can get them started on this toddler bicycle that can fit 2 children while getting them comfortable on a bike.
9. Cook with the family
Teaching your children how to cook healthy foods is one of the best ways to get them excited about healthy foods and giving them skills they can use forever. Here are a few kid-friendly recipes.
10. Wildlife watching
All major cities and even smaller cities will have wildlife watching areas for adults and kids to enjoy. This is a great alternative to going to the zoo since children can witness wildlife in their natural habitat.
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11. Farmers Markets
Teaching kids how important it is to support small local businesses and farmers will help support the economy of a small ma and pa business. You can help them pick out fruits and vegetables. You’ll teach your children early on in life the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
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12. Board game night
Playing board games is a classic way to get kids excited and can become a way to learn, too.
A few awesome board game options are:
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13. Listen to podcasts
Here is a list of podcasts that are perfect for both kids and adults. I love this list!
Another valuable lesson that should be learned early on in life is exercise. Making exercise fun will teach your kids to love and enjoy moving their body and getting energy out. Here is a list of fun exercises for kids.
There are plenty of places to swim that don’t involve swimming pools. Many cities have natural spring areas that are free to visit and at the same time let you and your kids experience underwater wildlife. Swimming is an awesome full-body workout that will benefit both kids and adults.
16. Picnic in the park
A picnic in the park lets you kids get their grub on and get some exercise in. You can bring toys, board games, sports equipment, and pack healthy meals in a picnic and have a free fun day that everyone will enjoy.
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17. Free movies
Cinemas in most cities will offer free movie days in the summer for kids. These movie times usually fall in the morning during the weekdays since it’s the least busiest time of the day. All you have to do is type in your city + free movies for kids in the Google search bar and something will most likely come up.
18. Visit a museum
Same as movies, museums will often host free museum days for kids in the summer. All you have to do is type in your city + free museum for kids day and again, something should pop up on the first spot.
19. Arts n Crafts
Check out this list of arts n crafts that use basic items that you probably already have around the house.
20. Create a YouTube video
Let your child create a YouTube video of their own. They can create and act out a skit, tell some kind of story on the video, or teach the viewers how to make a DIY project.
As you can see, there are plenty of free activities in the summer that are both free and good for the mind and body. Getting children (and you) involved in interactive activities that involve both the body and mind have many benefits that will boost confidence and trickle off into other areas of their life.
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