As we continue to move through the busy summer season, keeping your kids engaged and tamed may seem like a challenge.

We all know that when kids are home and outside of their normal routines, it’s easy for them to feel bored or start acting mischievously.

You may feel tempted to look into expensive activities or daycares, but summer doesn’t have to be one crazy expense! Some of the best fun comes from free kids activities, and today we’re going to delve into some of my favorites.

The Best Free Kids Activities


Visit the Local Library

Did you know that there are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the United States? It’s true!

Public libraries are home to some of the best, free entertainment for people of all ages.

Get your kids a library card and allow them to pick the books of their choosing. And, don’t stop there! Many libraries today rent out e-books, movies, magazines, and even video games. Bring comfy clothes to either hang out there or create a welcoming space for your kids to read at home.

Don’t forget to grab a book for yourself, too!

free kids activities for summerCheck the Local Parks & Recreation Scene

Skipping summer camp this year? No problem! Many communities host free events, festivals, and even classes for children during the summer.

This is a wonderful way to get your child meeting new friends and learning new things!

Many communities provide event calendars, so you will know exactly when and where each activity is taking place. For greater options, be sure to check out the other cities near you as well.

Visit the Park

Round up the kids, pack a picnic, grab a couple balls, and head down to your local park.

Whether it’s swinging on the swings or engaging in a family game of soccer, being outdoors is one of the best free kids activities for any summer day.

Not sure where to go or want to find somewhere new to explore? Check out his awesome playground finder to find a park near you!

Cook Together

Get your kids in the kitchen! It’s a wonderful way to connect with your little ones, and it’s also a great way for you to have a bit of additional help!

Delicious recipes don’t have to be complicated. There are many safe lessons you can teach including:

  • How to measure ingredients
  • Mixing ingredients
  • How to clean up

Get Them Earning Side Cash

Even if your kids aren’t old enough to have an actual summer job, there’s no reason you can’t start teaching them a bit of financial sense!

A few great ideas to get started:

  • Having young kids plan, pack, and help set prices for a garage sale
  • Teach older kids how to wash cars or mow lawns and offer services to neighbors
  • Throw up the classic summer lemonade stand and let the little ones keep the profit

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of great free kids activities to enjoy this summer!

Have you done any of these activities with your family yet? Drop a comment below!