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50 Fun Summer Activities for the Entire Family that Won’t Break the Bank

Fun Summer Activities for the entire family that won't break the bank

Looking for fun and affordable summer activities to do with the entire family? Now that summer is officially here, we have been doing a lot of activities over the weekends and I would like to share a few with you guys.

Summer is a great time to head out of your home and get some sunshine. But all the trips, vacations and outdoor activities can quickly add up and can take your budget for a toss. Especially when you have kids or a big family, it can start getting really difficult to manage your time and money. 

Here’s a list of some fun activities for the entire family that are either completely free or that are budget friendly –

  1. Build a cardboard fort

  2. Plan a fun family game night and play board games 

  3. Make a bird feeder summer activities - make a bird feeder

  4. Make a fairy garden 

  5. Have a  fun water balloon fight in your backyard

  6. Go on a treasure hunt in a nearby trail in your area

  7. Play Tennis or Frisbee

  8. Volunteer at a local animal shelter

  9. Donate old clothes

  10. Collect shells while you are on the beach with your kids

    collect sea shells on the beach

  11. Learn a new sport

  12. Go Geocaching with the entire family

  13. Find out free activities in your local library or in your town and attend them

  14. Fly a Kite

  15. Go Biking along a new trail

  16.  Go to the local Farmers’ Market

  17. Plant seeds and watch them grow

  18. Make homemade ice cream or ice cream cake with the kids homemade icecream

  19. Have a sleepover party

  20. Get a Live Butterfly Kit and watch the caterpillars turn into Butterflies

  21. Paint terra cotta pots and plant your favorite flowers in them

  22. Create a Popcorn Bar and enjoy a late night movie at home

  23. Have a sandcastle making competition at the beach

  24. Stargaze and find out what stars and constellations you can see by using Free Apps like SkyView

  25. Visit a Free DIY/ Crafts Workshop at stores like Michaels. Check out here to find classes near your location

  26. Go Horseback riding horseback riding in summer

  27. Camp in your Backyard

  28. Go Berry Picking in your nearest farm

  29. Declutter your closet or garage

  30. Go to a Garage Sale or Yard Sale or host your own Yard Sale

  31. Make Smores

  32. Attend a parade in your city or town

  33. Make fresh jam from fruits that are in season

    fresh jam in summer

  34. Rearrange your furniture and change the look of your home

  35. Walk barefoot in the grass

  36. Host a Potluck Party

  37. Watch a Free Outdoor Movie

  38. Go to a Restaurant where Kids Eat free

  39. Find out Free Summer Concerts in your area and attend them

  40. Collect unique shaped rocks and paint them or place them in your garden.

    painted rocks

  41. Ask a friend or grandparent to watch the kids and go on a Date Night

  42. Have a Karaoke Night with friends and family

  43. Find out Free Cooking classes hosted at your local grocery stores and attend one of them

  44. Learn new photography skills by taking photos at different angles and at different times of the day

  45. Have a quiet family meal with no cell phones and no TV

  46. Read a book you’ve always wanted to read read a book - summer activities

  47. Go to a few open houses near your area even if you aren’t looking to buy a house.

  48. Visit a winery offering free wine tastings and make a picnic out of it

  49. Go to one of your favorite restaurants or ice cream joints just for dessert

  50. Go Kayaking

    And a few more –

  51. Go to street fairs

  52. Take an impromptu one-day road trip

  53. Go swimming and hang out at the pool with ice cold beverages

  54. Play Xbox or PlayStation games meant for the whole family

Summer is a time of endless fun. I hope some of these ideas inspired you to create everlasting memories with your family and friends. Which of these activities are you most looking forward to?

Fifty Budget Friendly Free Summer Activities for the entire Family

 

XOXO

Smiling Notes

 

 

 

 

*Image courtesy: Pixabay & Unsplash

19 Comments

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    Erika Kind

    July 13, 2017

    You know what? Number 4 had my heart on hello! And so did number 46. I don’t have much time but will make it an effort to create that fairy garden. What a lovely idea!!

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      smilingnotes

      July 13, 2017

      I’ve always wanted to make a fairy garden too! Definitely going to make one this summer 🙂 Thanks for always being so sweet, Erika.

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        Erika Kind

        July 13, 2017

        I think I only need to improve it a bit with little gifts for the fairies since I have placed some figurines around my patio. So, it is more about the closer connection and being more in that sphere. I would love to see some photos once your fairy garden is done, Shamira. Thank you so much for our kindness 💖

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          smilingnotes

          July 13, 2017

          That sounds totally awesome! I would love to see a few photos, Erika. And I will definitely share a few photos once I’m done making one 💕

          • Erika Kind

            July 13, 2017

            I will see if I can remember once I have the opportunity and of course, the little gifts for the fairies and natural spirits 😉

          • smilingnotes

            July 13, 2017

            Hehe yes.. take your time💕

          • Erika Kind

            July 13, 2017

            😁😁

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    anroworld

    July 14, 2017

    Oh my what a big list to do! Hope something will be possible to fulfill! And which is your favorite, dear?

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      smilingnotes

      July 14, 2017

      Yes..so many things to do..so little time 😀 My favorite has to be finding out free activities to do near my home and planting seedlings. The joy of watching them grow is so amazing 🙂

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        anroworld

        July 14, 2017

        Yeah, that sounds lovely! Do you have a big garden?

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          smilingnotes

          July 14, 2017

          Nope.. I have a small patio area where I try to grow plants and flowers. I’m no expert but I try my best 😃

          • anroworld

            July 14, 2017

            You will have fun and success, Shamira, have no doubts! Enjoy it!

          • smilingnotes

            July 14, 2017

            Thank you, Ann! Best wishes to you as well. Oh and btw, I’m loving your instagram feed 💕

          • anroworld

            July 14, 2017

            Thank you so much, Shamira, I am so happy you like it, I love yours too! You are so creative and I’m so impressed with your website and posts full of such bright ideas. I am very impressed with your design ideas! So happy to make friends with you! People like you make this world colorful!

          • smilingnotes

            July 14, 2017

            You made my day with your sweet words and compliments and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. Blessed to be in touch with such a kind hearted and talented soul like you 🙏🏼

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    Rhonda Sittig

    July 17, 2017

    Keeping this!! So many fun ideas!! thanks.

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      smilingnotes

      July 17, 2017

      Yup! I always feel like summer comes with so many ideas but so little time 😃

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        Rhonda Sittig

        July 17, 2017

        But it’s great to have a plan!! (I do Grammy Camp with my 3 older grand-girls and am always looking for ideas!! xo

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          smilingnotes

          July 17, 2017

          Yup! Always great to have plans 😃 Grammy Camp sounds like so much fun, Rhonda. I bet they enjoy it!

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