100 Budget Friendly Summer Activities

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Summer time- yeah or nay? Do your children long for Summer only to become infinitely bored at every turn? If your children are anything like mine, then a long list of fun things to do is a MUST for your Summer Sanity!


Got a small budget that needs to be stretched this Summer? Trust me I have been there for the last 5 or so Summers! I try to rack my brain for activities but once your children become stir crazy then it seems like mommy brain sets in, lol. Yes, there are tons of ideas, jars, sticks, etc. floating around pinterest but why not just have a simple checklist of fun things to do? That’s why I created this list of 100 budget friendly Summer Activities.


I even purchased a really excellent book to help guide me with my planning of Summer activities. Sharing this favorite,The Family Manager’s Guide To Summer Survival: Make the Most of Summer Vacation with Fun Family Activities, Games, and More! if you prefer a book in hand approach to planning.

1. Sidewalk chalk
2. Bubbles
3. Sprinkler
4. Homemade Popsicles
5. Picnics
6. Hikes
7. Exploring backyard
8. Swimming
9. Summer Reading Club
10. Going to zoo
11. Splash park or splash pad
12. Camping
13. Smores
14. Gardening
15. Bug catching
16. Bird watching
17. Frozen chocolate covered bananas
18. Lemonade stand
19. Yard sales
20. BBQ
21. County Fair
22. State Fair
23. Geocaching
24. Fishing
25. Kite flying

26. Nature programs
27. Catching Lightning Bugs
28. Glow in the dark party
29. Hide and go seek
30. Mountain pies
31. Strawberry picking then making a pie
32. Local festivals
33. Peanut butter play dough
34. Making dirt pudding then freezing the leftovers into popsicles
35. Sparklers
36. Giant bubbles
37. Water balloon fight
38. Sidewalk paint with baking soda in it and then spray it with vinegar water to watch it fizz
39. Bottle rockets
40. Geodesic dome
41. Bike riding
42.  “monkey breakfast” where the breakfast stuff was hanging from trees outside
43. Mud pies
44. Cloud watching
45. Helping neighbors with their yards
46. Music Concerts of Free Music Festivals
47. Cook over campfire
48. Farmer’s market
49. Pick fruit like delicious Mulberries
50. Watching fireworks

51. Running through sprinklers
52. Meeting friends at parks
53. Kayaking or Canoeing
54. Become a Junior Ranger for National Parks
55. Tubing
56. Swimming
57. Playing in the street after they flush fire hydrants
58. Karaoke party in the backyard
59. Movie marathons
60. Make Friendship Bracelets with floss
61. Make Friendship Bracelets with loom bands
62. Flashlight tag
63. Worm farm or compost bin
64. DIY slip n slide
65. I Spy
66. Paper mache masks
67. Tie dye
68. Wash the dogs
69. Wash car
70. Bike Parade
71. Bike Wash
72. Plan a Staycation or overnight getaway.
73. Obstacle Course
74. Kids Free Bowling
75. Kids Skate Free

76. Badminton
77. Street Frisbee
78. Night Tag
79. Run down a hill
80. Roll down a hill
81. Archery Tag
82. Play in a creek
83. Do some Science On-the-Go
84. Visit an Art Museum
85. Check out local Historical Markers and learn local History
86. Plan a short road trip
87. Go on a long road trip
88. Play hand or clap games like bubblegum,bubblegum
89. Try making S’mores on a solar oven.
90. Drink a breakfast smoothie or snack smoothie
91. Spend a week at Grandparents
92. Gaze at the stars and learn a constellation or two
93. Capture the flag
94. Rock collecting or fossil hunting.
95. Participate in a Scavenger hunt
96. Attend or host a Vacation Bible School
97. Participate in Bible Bee
98. Practice Emergency Preparedness and Survival Skills
99. Create an Emergency Preparedness or Survival Plan
100. Create a Summer Journal to record all of your adventures!

Keep an eye out for this graphic on posts as we enjoy our budget friendly Summer activities:


If those 100 ideas aren’t enough for you then hop on over and check out all of these fabulous ideas all about Summer!

Wet and Wonderful Summer Ideas for Kids | Powerful Mothering

Summer Flower Sensory Bin for Kids | Adventure in a Box

Summer nature art & craft ideas | Messy Little Monster

Summer acts of kindness for kids | Mum in the Mad House

Color Your Summer: Sidewalk Chalk for Kids | Child Led Life

Low Stress Summer Fun for Kids | Mama Smiles

Awesome Backyard Ideas for Summer |  In The Playroom

Summer STEM Activities for Kids | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Top tips for creating a Summer fairy garden | The Gingerbread House

100 Budget Friendly Summer Activities | Something 2 Offer

5 Amazingly Cool Summer Activities for Little Kids | Peakle Pie

How to Make Awesome Summer Juices for Kids | Witty Hoots

Ultimate Guide to Summer Sidewalk Chalk  | Cutting Tiny Bites

Ideas for Summer drawings | Hodge Podge Craft

Summer Alphabet Relay Obstacle Course – Mom Inspired Life

Summer Lego Ice Rescue  – Multicraftingmummy

27 Simple Summer Science Experiments for Kids | Edventures with Kids

Summer Evenings – Family Fun Ideas with young kids | Rainy Day Mum

Summer Survival Guide For Busy Moms and Toddlers | Words n Needles

Celebrate Summer with Sun Crafts! | Artsy Momma

Summer Fun Activities For Toddlers | Adventures of Adam

35 Beach & Ocean Themed Sensory Play Ideas | Golden Reflections Blog

20 Ideas for Summer Fun with Preschool Kids | Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Planning a Summer Garden for Kids – Mama’s Happy Hive

10 Summer Snacks for Kids to Make – Fun-A-Day!

Quick and Easy Frozen Summer Watermelon Pop  | Little Bins for Little Hands

Frozen Watermelon Cubes for Fruit Flavored Water | Little Bins for Little Hands

Summer Alphabet Activities– Growing Book by Book

Fun with Zoo Animals for Kids – My Bright Firefly

Summer Bubble Fun For Kids – Just Another Mom

Epic Light Table Ice Legos & More for Summer! – The Natural Homeschool
Summer Preschool Activities – Living Life and Learning

Free Summer Printables – Montessori Nature

What budget friendly thing will you enjoy this Summer?

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4 Responses to 100 Budget Friendly Summer Activities

  1. This is a great list! The best things about summer really are free, aren’t they? We spend our summer in the backyard kiddie pool, the local playground, and having picnics – totally frugal! 🙂

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  3. Nothing like old fashioned fun for a frugal summer with the kids! Catching fireflies, swimming in the pond or kiddie pool out back, drawing with sidewalk chalk….Those are the things that they remember!
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