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3 Months of Cheap or Free Summer Activities | Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

3 Months of Cheap or Free Summer Activities

When it comes to school breaks I do my best to take a hands off approach. I don’t believe in overscheduling my kids with activities and adventures, because my kids work hard during the school year (and so do I!) so we deserve a break. Unfortunately,  if we don’t have some sort of an activity planned throughout the day I will lay in front of Netflix and they will become one with their devices. It also doesn’t help that I can’t afford it during the summer with most week long camps running between $150 and $350 per child…times three it gets a little crazy.

Here are 75 activities to get you through the summer months and help save your children from becoming device zombies. Some activities can be done on the fly while others will require a little planning, but they are all going to be fun! Click the graphic at the bottom of this post for a printable version of my list.

  1. Pool Day
  2. Beach Day
  3. Water Balloon Fight
  4. Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  5. Get FroYo
  6. Make Banana Swirl
  7. Go to the Park
  8. Have a Sleepover with Friends
  9. Explore the library
  10. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
  11. Have a LEGO build challenge
  12. Make your own pizzas
  13. Create an obstacle course
  14. Read a book
  15. Complete a reading challenge
  16. Go to the movies
  17. Make your own movie
  18. Go to a splash park
  19. Go to the zoo
  20. Put on a play
  21. Create a stuffed animal zoo
  22. Go thrift store shopping
  23. Make cards for the children’s hospital
  24. Start a journal
  25. Start an art journal
  26. Color in new coloring book
  27. Light sparklers
  28. Have a fashion show
  29. Give mom a makeover
  30. Have a Disney movie marathon
  31. Play baseball
  32. Build a campfire
  33. Go camping
  34. Take the Beanboozled Challenge
  35. Play Eye Spy
  36. Breakfast for dinner
  37. Go for a picnic
  38. Mini golf
  39. Bubbles
  40. Get a pen pal
  41. Flashlight Tag
  42. Grow Crystals
  43. Play board games
  44. Hula Hoop contest
  45. Make sock pupets
  46. Ice Cube Painting
  47. Dollar Store crafts
  48. Go on a hike
  49. Make popsicles
  50. Take cookies to volunteer fire station
  51. Plant a garden
  52. Make care packages
  53. Tie Dye shirts
  54. Fly a kite
  55. Go to a parade
  56. Feed the ducks
  57. Make smores
  58. Make ice cream sundaes
  59. Ice Block Treasure Hunt
  60. Paint rocks
  61. Face paint
  62. Make a time capsule
  63. Look at the stars
  64. Stay up all night
  65. Make play dough
  66. Climb a tree
  67. Make slime
  68. Ride bikes and scooters
  69. Make paper airplanes
  70. Have a video game challenge
  71. Make popcorn
  72. Have a Talent show
  73. Write a story
  74. Make a sundial
  75. Build a Sandcastle


Still need more ideas?

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  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Great ideas! Growing up I usually explored the woods behind my house, read, rode a bike, hung out with friends, swam, played with the hose, used chalk, played with dolls/barbies…and yeah, some TV watching at times. haha


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