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7 Inexpensive Activities for Kids on Summer Break

Summer break is approaching! It is a time full of activities, vacations and cookouts. Keeping kids active and occupied can not only become a chore, but also a financial burden. Check out the activities that can save you money or even better, not cost you a dime!


1. Visit Your Local Park


Family holding hands and playing in public park


Playing in the park is one of the most common ways to get kids active and enjoy a summer day at no cost! Check your local park calendar to find any other free events that may be available such as a free concert or summer program.


2. Go Bowling


Dad and daughter bowling at bowling lanes


An organization has teamed up with local bowling centers to give back to communities. Kids 15 years and younger can sign up to receive free games daily. Visit to find out if any centers in your area are participating and sign up for the summer!


3. Visit Your Public Library


Little kid reading a book at the library


Visiting your local public library is free and keeps your kids engaged and learning during the summer. The library calendar is usually filled with workshops or book clubs for not only the kids, but parents too.


4. Try New Restaurants


Kabobs laying on a bowl of food


Of course, this isn’t always free, but check out! This is a helpful website to search your local daily kid’s meal deals. Most deals are free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal.


5. Volunteer At The Local Animal Shelter


Dog and owner sitting in grass at park


Volunteers are always needed. This is a great activity for kids to give back, have fun and plus who doesn’t love puppies? Be careful, you may end up with a new pet by the end of summer!


6. Go Watch A Movie


Young family and kids eating popcorn watching movies at home


Most local movie theaters offer free or discounted summer showings. Be sure to check your local cinemas too-some areas offer free or reduced cost movies in the summer!


You can also have a fun day "at the movies" right at home! Create a "movie theater" in your family room for a fun and exciting day at the movies for free!


7. Participate In A Workshop


Little kids cooking in kitchen


Kids love to build things! Local home improvement stores have great free weekend programs just for kids. They can build birdhouses and more. When they are finished, kids receive a certificate, apron, and keep their craft. Kids also learn tool safety during these free workshops. 


Be sure to check local event calendars throughout the summer. There are always free programs, activities and entertainment so your kids can be happy and so can your wallet. Happy Summer Break!

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