School is out for the summer! Now, how in the world are you going to keep the little (or not so little) ones entertained all summer? Some of you may be sending your kids to camp or some type of sporting league. But if you are like me, your kiddo will be with you 24/7 all summer long.
No need to fret, there are many ways to keep the kids occupied with fun and engaging activities while school is out.
Here is a list of 40 free or cheap summer activities for you and your kids to enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime.
1. Go on a backyard scavenger hunt.
2. Pay a visit to your local library.
3. Arrange a playdate with neighborhood kids, or kids in your mom group.
4. Visit the park.
5. Watch educational movies on Netflix or Hulu.
6. Teach your kids to cook. Bake cookies and other desserts.
7. Go on a hike in the mountains or a nearby forest.
8. Build a lemonade stand.
9. Go camping under the stars in your own backyard.
10. Spend the day at an amusement park.
11. Make and bake a homemade pizza together.
12. Build a birdhouse.
13. Make your own homemade board game.
14. Plant trees in the backyard.
15. Visit a local splash pad or water park for some fun water play.
16. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Purchase a used instrument from places like Craigslist or a yard sale.
17. Make snow cones out of crushed ice.
18. Go swimming. If your kiddo cant swim, take swimming lessons.
19. Have a water balloon fight.
20. Explore your neighborhood. Go for family walks in the mornings or after dinner.
21. Read news stories together. Explain the story to your child in an age-appropriate manner.
22. Write letters to distant relatives.
23. Search for “free admission” days to the local museum, art gallery or zoo and make a day trip out of it.
24. Go on a bicycle ride.
25. Feed the ducks at the local pond.
26. Grab the garden hose, and play in the sprinklers.
27. Have a “mathlete” competition – see which kids can solve math problems the fastest!
28. Plant a garden and watch it grow.
29. Play a trivia game. You can find questions from the internet.
30. Host a sleepover for your kids.
31. Play frisbee or soccer.
32. Attend a baseball game.
33. Make mini-popsicles using ice trays and juice.
34. Play hide-and-go-seek.
35. Fly a kite. As an added bonus, have your kids make their own.
36. Visit an aquarium.
37. Build a backyard obstacle course.
38. Go bowling.
39. Have a picnic in the park.
40. Have a backyard luau.
As an added bonus, why not make a photo journal or a family yearbook showcasing some of the activities that you did over the summer.