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Summer time can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but it doesn’t have to be expensive if you are on a tight budget. There are many things to do that are either cheap or free! Most of the activities we do in the summer are free or cheap 🙂
11 Ideas For Summer Fun on a Budget:
Go to a park and have some fun! Parks are usually free and kids have a blast running around and playing. We are fortunate to have 2 that we can walk to, but if you have to drive a short drive it is still a cheap activity. Kids don’t need expensive toys to have fun.
|Fun at the park|
If you have a creek nearby, even if it is a short drive, kids can have a lot of fun here. I grew up by a creek and can tell you that kids can have a lot of fun hanging out and walking in the water. Creeks are quite often cleaner then lakes, ponds and rivers.
|Down at the creek|
Another fun idea is this one- Painting with homemade paints
Go for walks and find neat things such as pretty flowers. Kids like to find cool rocks and stones too, so you may be bringing some things home with you!
|Tiger Lilly we found on the walk|
Take a walk by the river. This is another fun adventure for the kids and if you have a river within a reasonable driving distance, you should take them there to have some fun. You can even have a picnic while you are there. We are able to walk to the river, but if we had to drive we would still go in the summer. You may find some ducks and geese while you are there 🙂
|Geese on The Delaware River
Go to the fair or carnival if your state has any fairs. A circus is also a lot of fun, but they are not as common in all states as a fair is. This is a little more expensive, not as expensive as a vacation tho. It cost us over $100 for us and the kids last year for the day. But it was hot, we ate and were quite thirsty. The rides were not the cheapest, but it did cost less then an amusement park for the day.
|The Girls with Thomas the Train
Thomas train ride was operated by:
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Go hiking somewhere new. Try to find an area of state or national park that you have not yet explored. Pack a lunch and plan to have a little picnic somewhere while you are there. Do be safe from wildlife tho! You may find something cool.
|The Delaware Water Gap
|Fresh blueberries we picked at a local farm
|Our Day Out at the cave
location: Lost River Caverns
|Our cucumber plants from last year|