Finding Free And Inexpensive Summer Fun
Summer time activities can be a lot of fun, however, also very expensive. Activities such as overnight summer camps, day camps, swimming lessons, amusement parks and even water parks. If you are actually including a traveling vacation, there are even more expenses to consider as well.
However, even when you are staying home and enjoying local entertainment sources, if you are not careful the costs can climb quickly.
Today though, let’s talk about how you can find free and inexpensive local summer fun. Check here for ideas.
Keep An Eye Open For Freebies
Start by looking on your city/town’s website page. Many communities post a local calendar of events. Look to see what:
- special events
- community theater performances,
- and other such events
are occurring over the summer months. But keep in mind that there are activities happening year round, so make sure to check the website calendar often.
In many communities you will be able to discover several free or inexpensive activities geared towards your kids. For instance, in our community, every summer, on Thursday evenings a free family movie is played in the park. The town has a blow up huge movie screen. Bring your chair, blanket if desired and definitely some bug spray. But a fun movie for free. This week’s recent film was the Smurf movie. Movie starts playing at dusk.
For the adults, every Sunday night in the park is a concert at the waterfront band shell barge. Groups such as the Good Brothers, Beatles Tribute Bands and more. This is a free will donation event.
For either of these events, bring some lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.You may even want to pack a picnic to take along. Or pick up a pizza and you are good to go. You just might have to fight off the seagulls. A whole evening’s worth of entertainment under the stars and it costs very little.
Go To The Movies
Get in touch with your local movie theaters. Many have special daytime shows that are either free or very inexpensive. Often they will show older family-friendly movies.
Or, take a trip back in time, and find a drive-in theater. Although there aren’t many around there are still a few. Quite often they have a special family night once a week, allowing you to pay a flat fee for the car load of occupants.
The drive-in was such a special time when I was a single mom of 3 children. Although being on Social Assistance didn’t mean a lot of extra cash, a couple of times over the summer I could find enough to treat us to a movie night.
- This was a time when I would look for the best grouping of family-friendly movies.
- Next we would go on bargain night.
- Beforehand we would make a trip to the grocery store.
- Each child would take turns, but one would pick the pop, another the chips, and the last one would pick the chocolate.
Cheap fun movies and lots of snacks. What could be better?
Once the children fell asleep, I was free to get us home and all off to bed. Lots of fun and memories.
Many museums will also have special events and exhibits during the summer break. Give your local history or art museum a call and see what they have to offer and if there are any discounts for kids or special free events. Living history activities are always a big hit around here.
One year, after Barry and I were married, we took a day trip to Peterborough. There was a free community museum exhibit happening at the time. And believe me, with young children, this one was totally in their level of interest. It turned out to be the “history of the toilet”. Potty jokes continued for days afterwards. It was a lot of fun.
Included was the debate on the proper way to hang the roll of toilet paper. Oh, by the way, hang it to roll over the top towards the front. Except when your children are small and apt to stand in the bathroom spinning the roll. In that case, hang the roll to fall in behind. It is harder for the small children to empty the toilet paper all over the bathroom floor.
Go For A Ride On A Swing
Don’t forget about the various parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas that are within easy driving or walking distance. Make it a point to check out a few different ones this summer. Even the school playground. Take a ride on the swing set. Remember how fun it was? News flash—it still is!
Many parks and recreation areas, especially in larger urban communities, will have water features and splash pads operational during the hot summer months.
As you can see, there are many ways to spend the summer doing a lot of fun activities as a family without breaking the bank.
Keep your eyes open and continually look for fun stuff to do that won’t cost anything.
Network and talk with other parents to exchange more specific ideas. You aren’t the only one in your circle of friends looking for these free and inexpensive summer activities. Maybe they know of an event you haven’t heard of yet.
Just hanging out with another family at the park is always a good idea as well.
Wherever you go and whatever you end up doing, bring your own food and drink whenever possible. It will save you a small fortune over the course of the summer. And above else, just laugh and play with your children. Make memories that will last a lifetime.