Top 6 Fun and Low Budget Activities for Kids that Will Save Summer

If you are a parent, you have most likely already heard the infamous “I’m bored” from your children this summer.  It may have come out of their mouths on the first day of summer vacation or if you were lucky, you didn’t hear that phrase until the second week or so.

While you will hear those words uttered time and time again this summer, there are some things that you can plan to keep your kids occupied without breaking your budget.

Here are the top 6 fun and low budget activities that your kids will enjoy this summer:

  1. Go to the movies

Yes, the movies are usually expensive, but during the summer months, certain movie theaters offer admission for $1.  Regal offers this deal on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at ten in the morning and the movies are different each day.  Since the movie starts after breakfast and will be over before lunch, you can fill your child’s belly beforehand and not have to worry about buying all those expensive snacks.

You can also buy movie tickets at a discount at Costco or use your Scene card to earn free movies. Scene also helps you save on food purchases at the theatre.

  1. Go bowling

Certain bowling alleys participate in Kids Bowl Free each summer.  You can sign up online at a participating bowling alley and then your kids can bowl two games for free every day.  You would have to pay for shoes, but if you plan on taking your children multiple times over the summer, you can purchase a pair of cheap sneakers that they can only bowl in to save even more money.

  1. Venture over to the library

Libraries are loads of fun and there is never a cost to use them!  Many libraries offer arts and crafts, story time, and other fun events during the summer months as well as reading programs.  If your child participates in the reading programs, they can earn prizes for the number of books that they read.

  1. Plan a geocaching adventure

Many kids love exploring the outdoors, especially if it is somewhere new and different.  You can download a geocache app onto your smartphone and then try to find as many as you can throughout your local town, park, or even a nearby city.  This adventure is perfect for when you are home or while you are traveling.

  1. Tackle a project

Photography and scrapbooking are two projects that you can tackle this summer with your children.  You can let them take pictures all summer long as you are going about your daily activities.  This is a great way to keep them entertained instead of being bored.  After you get a bunch of pictures, you can all begin a scrapbook of your summer fun.  This doesn’t have to be elaborate as you can use construction paper bound together with ribbon or a slightly used three ring binder.

  1. Create an obstacle course

Take all those hula hoops, jump ropes, cones, swings, slides, and more that are in your yard and create an amazing obstacle course.  This course can keep your kids and you busy for hours at a time throughout the entire summer.

These six activities can keep your entire family entertained for hours without ruining your carefully planned summer budget. we have already done a few of these ourselves.

What do you do to keep your kids busy during the summer? Of course the beach and the park are always great options as well!



  1. Thanks for the tips and ideas it seems if you have one spare moment you will hear someone say what can we do? were bored!

  2. we’ve done a few bowling sessions, always a fun time!

  3. We do all these except visit the library. 🙂

  4. Treen Goodwin says

    I have never been on a geocaching adventure , i will def be making plans to go on one very soon , sounds like a great time for the kids ! they would love i ! thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. krisha4444 says

    great list! It is hard for my family to do certain things because I have two girls 5 and 3 and my 5 year old is autistic so not always easy BUT we make sure to go to the library every week as she loves books and I am going to try doing up an easier obstacle course in the backyard! that should be loads of fun

  6. This is s great list. I have never gone geocashing. My friends that have done it say it’s a lot of fun. I think I’m going to try it with my kids before the summer is over.

  7. There are some new fun ideas here. Nice to have ideas without going broke.

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