Go to the zoo
See if your city has First Friday.
Find friends that will be willing to host get togethers.
Find friends that will be willing to host get togethers at their house and take turns. Each time do a theme. Ex:
- One day have a slip-n-slide party with lemonade drinks (with umbrellas in them) and fruit roll ups.
- Have a movie party with popcorn and drinks.
- You can freeze blocks of ice in a bowl. Each child will have their own block of ice. Add some salt on top of the ice block so it will begin to melt. Watch the salt produce holes in the ice. Have the children squirt different colors of food coloring in each hole. It will be pretty. These are just some examples of some fun ya’ll can have.
Go to a movie for cheap
Most bowling allies let kids bowl 2 free games
There are bowling allies that participate in free bowling for the summer. Our bowling alley lets kids bowl 2 free games. You have to bring your own shoes or pay for shoe rentals. Taxes may also apply. Still, this is a cheap way of entertainment.
Check your library for free reading programs
Check your library for free reading programs. They usually have incentives for reading. Ask your local library what incentives they have. Here is a website in Georgia that is connected with our local libraries that includes incentives for kids. Free tickets to museums! https://georgialibraries.org/partnerships/
Check your library for free reading programs.
Summer Reading Program with Candlewick Press and Pizza Hut. When your child meets their goal each month, they will receive a free Personal Pan pizza. Sign up here!
Get a free book and Bible!
Get free Six Flags tickets!
Ask your school if they participate in the Six Flags reading program. If they don’t, then I would ask them to. When students can complete 360 minutes of reading from the beginning of the school year to around February they will receive a free Six Flags ticket. This will have to start before summer but will be used during the summer. http://students can complete 360 minutes of reading . and http://static.sixflags.com/readtosucceed/ParentLetter.pdf
Get a season pass to a water park.
Join your town’s Facebook page for free activities.
Join your towns Facebook page. They will post all of the activities going on in your town. Our town is family oriented and plan a lot for kids. We have a local theater where they perform plays. Ask around to see what your town is doing.
Go to nearby beach or lake.
If you live near the beach or a lake, take a day trip with friends. If you carpool, you can split the gas and pack a lunch (and snacks, drinks). I purchased a large canopy so we can have some relief from the sun. Also, I purchased a big cooler on wheels. Bungy chord that canopy onto the cooler with wheels and Whola! We have a beach with a rubber mat on the sand. It’s easy peasy. Plop up that canopy and you have a haven for the day!
See what your local colleges have to offer.
Check out your local colleges. Ours have programs for kids. We have a Raptor Center that houses animals they can’t live on their own because they are hurt. The college also performs plays and has a museum. They plan different activities during the year where families can come.
Free park pass for 4th graders.
These are just some ideas to get you started. I hope you enjoy!
- Go swimming – swim at night while watching a movie on a big television outside
- Go to the beach if you live pretty close by and pack lunches and umbrella.
- Find a college that has a museum – They are cheaper and kid friendly
- Locate a county/city water park – We have a small water park at our park so we get discounts because we live in that county.
- Invite friends over and cookout – get a slip-n-slide for the kids
- Go to the river to swim
- Find out from your local theater what day they give discounts for movies. We have $5 Tuesdays and the concessions are half price!
- Local bowling centers have discount programs
- Get a group of kids together and stations of different crafts – Each parent can be in charge of one station. Make sure one station is making something to eat and drink!!!!
- Play in a sprinkler