Guest post from Sarah of TheCharacterMom
If you’re looking for frugal summer fun, here are 26+ ideas to try with your family this summer!
Art – From shaving cream and chalk drawings to real paintings for grandma’s art collection, the possibilities are endless!
Balloons, Bubbles, and a Big Box – Need I say more about simple pleasures?
Cookouts – Nothing brings people together better than a campfire or food cooked on a grill.
Drama – Put on family plays, puppet shows (make your own with old socks, plastic spoons, or toilet paper rolls with photos glued on for faces), have a talent show, make up your own music videos or commercials. Make sure to get crazy costumes as well!
Eat Treats – Cooking together and eating together bring you closer together. A couple of my favorite kid-friendly recipes:
- Juicesicle – freeze juice in plastic ice cube trays with toothpicks stuck in them or Dixie cups with a popsicle stick stuck in them.
- Simple homemade ice cream – 1 Tbsp. vanilla, 2 cup cream or half & half, 1 cup milk, and 3/4 cup sugar. Mix together and freeze.
Field Trips – Designate one day a week to go somewhere interesting and fun. Visit a library, fire or police station, check out a local museum, or tour a bakery or factory in your area.
Games – Pull out the board games or make up some fun games of your own for a memorable family game night.
Homemade crafts – Teach your child how to make a craft. Or learn a new skill like woodworking or sewing together. Take them to a craft store and let them pick out a kit.
Insects – Go on a nature hike and hunt for bugs and identify and learn about them.
Joking around – Be silly together: wrestle, tickle, or have a pillow fight.
Kite – Make a kite or buy one at the dollar store and take it to a park to fly.
Lake – Play on the beach, swim, or fish.
Movie Night – Rent a movie, go to a cheap movie theater or drive-in, or host your own backyard movie night.
Nature/ Neighborhood – Explore the area around your home whether that is nature or a neighborhood park.
Outside fun – Teach your children some of the fun games you used to play as a child such as: capture the flag, freeze tag, or hide and seek.
P. Photos – Take family pictures. Take goofy pictures. Go for a walk down memory lane by looking at old photo albums or make a new album or a collage.
Q. Quality Time – Go on an outing with just one of your kids at a time so you can spend one-on-one quality time together.
Relatives – Visit your relative and extended family together.
Service Projects – Contact your local church or non-profit and see how you can serve as a family.
Tent – Go camping in your backyard or make a tent fort in your living room.
Undercover Secret Spy Missions – Anonymously do random acts of kindness. For a fun twist: try writing a secret note in white crayon on white paper. Then, attach watercolors and instructions to paint over the paper to reveal a secret message.
Vocal Talents – Recite a verse, perform a musical, or have a karaoke night. Make sure to get it on tape!
Water is Wonderful – Your kids can play for hours with just a kiddie pool of water. A few creative ideas to change things up:
- Have a water fight with balloons, water guns.
- Sponge fun: Give everyone a bunch of cheap yet absorbent sponges and a bucket of water to play with. (Get the car cleaned while they are at it.)
- Make your own sprinkler.
- Give you preschooler a bucket of water, a durable paintbrush, and a shady spot on the cement and let her paint pictures with water.
“X”-treme Sports - Try something a little more adventuresome like mountain climbing, rock climbing, or rappelling.
Yard Sales – Go to yard sales, thrift stores, and consignment sales. You can find great and entertaining items for the price of pocket change. Or, have your own yard sale. This is a great way to clean out and simplify and, if your kids get to keep the money they make, the will have more incentive to de-clutter!
Zoo – Visit the zoo or a nearby farm.
Free Printable Summer Fun from A to Z List
If you’d like to refer to this list summer long, you can download the free printable A to Z list here!
What are your favorite frugal fun activities for summer?
Sarah Holmes – The Character Mom – is a former teacher and current stay-at-home mom of three characters. She’s also a local columnist, blogger, and speaker. She loves to encourage and equip moms to grow Christian character in their families through fun and simple ideas and insight. Find more fun family-friendly character building ideas at TheCharacterMom.com.