Turn passions into summer projects

Let’s face it, when it comes to summer and kids, free time can eventually turn into boredom. For budget-friendly summer activities, try positioning summertime as an opportunity to pursue different, out-of-the-box interests, hobbies or projects that there isn’t time for during the school year.

“Help your kid identify a passion project for the summer,” says Cherie Lowe, personal finance author, blogger and creator of the site Queen of Free. For example, a child who loves history at school might enjoy building a medieval castle from cardboard recycling as a budget-friendly summer activity. For budding artists, try mimicking the masters in an outdoor window painting contest at your home. Bonus: Once the masterpiece is complete, you can have fun washing off the paint and get sparkling clean windows in the process! [1]

Plan a Picnic

Make sandwiches {or take hot dogs and hamburgers to grill}, and have a family picnic at a local park. Download this Free Summer BBQ Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important. [2]

Go to the Park

Explore what your city has to offer and plan a frugal family outing. Research the best playgrounds in your area. Ask other parents for their recommendations on fun, free play areas, and parks. Make a goal to see all the parks in your area and swing on every swing set. [3]

Head to Free Festivals in Your Town and Surrounding Towns

Summer is the perfect time to attend a fun festival or parade in your town. Although you might have to pay for some of the activities, there is usually no entrance fee and most festivals offer free entertainment. Sometimes it’s just fun to go so that you can walk around and see what your town has to offer! [4]


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