5 Kid Friendly Summer Activities That Won’t Break the Bank


Don’t break the bank this Summer trying to keep your kids occupied and entertained. Here are 5 activities that will get you and the kids out of the house but won’t cost a lot of money. Bonus points for the air-conditioned activities to keep you cool while the kids are having some fun!

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Fly a Kite: Let’s go Fly A Kite, Up To Its Highest Point… yes I totally had to sing that for you! On a more fun note: kids love to accomplish things and feel that wonderful feeling of doing it. Flying a kite can be a challenge that you can both do together because it requires getting that kite up in the air and keeping it up there. On a really windy day, flying a kite is a fun activity and you can find kites at walmart for $5.

Visit Your Library: Another great place to stay cool and keep the kids occupied is your local library. Both our local library and county library hold summer programs for free or a small fee. The local library has a reading program that the kids have different activities that they need to accomplish every week, bring the sheet to the children’s librarian and prove they accomplished these tasks. Then they get a sticker and small prize. They also get entries into a larger weekly prize or the big end of the summer prize (last year was a gift card and a tablet). Our county library holds different crafts and other activities throughout the summer which the kids love to make and take home.

Watch a movie: I mean go to the actual Movie Theater and watch a movie in their air-conditioned facility. The Regal Movie Theater hosts $1 movie days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am throughout the summer which is awesome on the budget. The movies are all kid loved movies and some are from the current year. This summer they have Paddington 2, Despicable Me 2 and 3, Sing, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Trolls, and a bunch of other awesome movies. Here is the link to see the schedule for the one closest to you: Summer Movie Express

Visit a museum: Many museums either allow kids in for a discounted amount or free as an educational encouragement for families. We love to go into New York and visit the Met which has suggested rates but kids under 12 are free and students with an ID can pay what they can which being an adult college student, I qualify for which is great. Check out museums near you and see what they offer for kids/students/families.

Local fairs and events: The town next to ours has a free Music in the Park one night a week. We can take a blanket or chairs and snacks or they sell snacks and ice cream for $1-$2. It’s nice to watch the sun go down while listening to a local band that’s kid friendly plus we support our local bands.

What free or budget friendly activities do you have planned for the Summer?

9 thoughts on “5 Kid Friendly Summer Activities That Won’t Break the Bank

  1. 5 Kid Friendly Summer Activities That Won’t Break the Bank – I absolutely love the title and the content! It’s so true though, things can get very expensive very quickly.

  2. Great list! We really love going to our local library in the summer. They have so many great activities for all the kids, and it gives me a chance to just kinda sit and relax while the kids are off doing their thing.

  3. You had me at ‘won’t break the bank.’ It’s been awhile since we’ve been to the library. I actually can’t wait to go!

  4. We also take our grandchildren to the library, museums, and matinees at the theater. Since they are so close, there are also trips to the beach, lake, and parks on our agenda. When my children were teens, we invested in a family pass to our community pool.

  5. This was a great post with a few good ideas! We spend a lot of time at museums as they’re free and give the kids hours of entertainment x

  6. Fairs and events are fun and admission isn’t so expensive. It’s just all the extra amenities that get way too expensive. But museums and other cultural centers are great for this.

  7. Great list! I love taking my kids to the library on rainy days. We’re also fortunate to have a few options for free, unregistered playgroups in our area. It’s so important for our sanity to keep them entertained! Haha

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