17 Frugal Fun Summer Activities

With school coming to an end many of you maybe wondering what to do with the kiddos this summer. If you envision dollars signs flying everywhere when you think about summer activities don't despair.  Here are some frugal fun activities to enjoy this summer.

  1. Children's Museums. Many major cities have these fantastic museum that encourage an "hands on" approach to learning. Check with your local museum to see if there are any days that have discounted admissions.
  2. Like to bowl? AMF will let your kids 16 and under to bowl for free this summer!
  3. No AMF locations in your neck of the woods? Kids Bowl Free will help you find a free location near you.
  4. Find out where kids eat for free in your area.
  5. Regal Cinemas offers select kid friendly movies for $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 AM.
  6. Got kid's 5-12? Head over to Home Depot on the first Saturday of the month for a free workshop.
  7. Head over to one of the free family friendly events that Target sponsors.
  8. If you have a group of 3 or more Cinemark Theaters has 75 cent admission on Mondays!
  9. Plan a picnic.  Have your little ones help you whip up some of your picnic favorites and head outdoors for some family fun time.
  10. Open a lemonade stand. It's old fashion but it's educational and fun at the same time. If your liking this idea, why not teach your kids about helping others as well?! Check out Alex's Lemonade which is a nonprofit that helps kid's set up their own lemonade stand to help fund cancer research.  Register online to receive all the you need to start a lemonade stand. Your kid's will learn about finances and help a good cause!
  11. Volunteer! Check out WaysToHelp.org for volunteer opportunities appropriate for children and teens.
  12. Go to the library. Many libraries often have free programs such as story tie to craft time. You can remind your kid's about those things made of paper called books as well as borrow DVDs and more.  Also, when you visit the library be sure to check out any boards that maybe up promoting local activities.
  13. Kids.gov has some fun educational games when the weather isn't too great for playing outside.
  14. Check out Bookworm Wednesdays at National Amusements Theaters. When your child brings in a book report they will get free admission to a children's movie.
  15. Go hiking or biking. Check out TrailLink.com which is powered by Rails to Trails, a nonprofit that is transforming abandoned railroad tracks into trails suited for everything but driving.  Also check out Trails.com and the National Park Service to find a trail near you.
  16. If you have a Bank of America credit, debit or ATM card you can get free admission to select museums and educational centers the first weekend of each month.
  17. Check out Free Attractions. This database lists free attractions across the United States.

What are some of your favorite frugal summer activities?

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