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10 Cheap Fun Summer Activities for Kids



There’s nothing better than making memories with your children over the summer break.  It doesn’t matter if it’s raining or glorious sunshine; it’s just great spending some uninterrupted time together, where you don’t have to worry about being late for school, having all the uniforms washed and ironed, or where the P.E kits are…

We like to keep busy, but of course, don’t want the summer to cost a fortune.  That’s why I like to use sites like https://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/ to get discounts for various attractions and restaurants.  I can even get discounts on places like Paradise Wildlife Park and Sea Life London Aquarium.  The kids will be excited!!!!

But for many of us, summer is a time of concern. Concern for our finances. Let’s face it, six weeks of keeping the kids entertained isn’t exactly kind to your wallet, especially if you’re on a budget or you’re struggling with debt.  Discounts don’t help if the overall cost is money you don’t have.  Those that are struggling to pay for activities will find companies such as Creditfix helpful for giving information or help with debt management.  This can mean the kids will be able to do a varied range of fun activities that are free or discounted and have a wonderful summer.

With this in mind, I’ve come up with 10 low or no cost summer activities you can enjoy with the kids that are either super cheap or completely free!


Low & No-Cost Activities for Children’s Holidays

Visit The Library

The library can be a really fun place to visit during the summer break! Not only is it bursting with books and dvds, there are normally reading challenges for all ages, creativity afternoons, guest authors, storytime and much more!  Head over and see what they have coming up.  It’s a great way for them to keep up their reading skills while they’re away from school.


Visit a Beach or Lake

Obviously, this is something to do on a warm day but the kids are guaranteed to have a great time.  Pack some sandwiches and drinks in a cooler to keep costs down, some sun protection and a beach ball.

Arts and crafts

If you don’t already have supplies then you can pick up the basics for a minimal price.  Many supermarkets will stock a good range of fun arts and crafts goodies that children will love using.  These usually last a while too, so they’re a good investment. Crayons, pens, craft paper, paints, glue, stickers, glitter, googly eyes, pom-poms – all the things that kids love!  I tend to store mine in large boxes, we now have a good assortment for creative play.  The children also love to use recyclable items to create fabulous designs with.  I normally cover my table with a large plastic cover that can be easily wiped clean.  We like to invite a few friends over to join in the fun.

Make a Fort

Forts are super fun to build and play in.  Make them out of boxes, blankets or anything else you can get your hands on.  Kids can spend hours, even days occupied with their homemade fort.  It’s great fun and doesn’t have to cost a penny.


Rock Painting

A popular and fun way to get creative over the summer is to decorate rocks.  You’ll find plenty of inspiration online.  The children have tried their hand at this a number of times.  Some rocks they kept, some were gifted to friends and others left in local parks.


Go On a Picnic

A picnic in the park can be a nice way to spend a day or two over the holidays.  Of course, this will be dictated by the weather.  Take a ball, frisbee, kite or any other outdoor toy that will ensure a fun day out.


Visit Different Play Areas

No matter where you live there will always be numerous local parks nearby.  Each of these parks will have their own unique play area.  Visiting different play areas makes visiting the park really good fun and is a great way to use up excess energy they would usually work off at school.

A Movie Night

There’s no school, so why not let them stay up past bedtime?  I often let the children choose a movie that everyone will enjoy.  We’ll bring in the blankets and bean bags, get cosy and bring on the snacks!  Don’t forget the popcorn.

Discovering Local Wildlife

You can spot all sorts of wildlife in local parks.  Many will have a great range of bird visitors, others may have frogs, newts, rabbits, deer and other creatures waiting to be discovered.  As many adults will soon discover children love looking for creepy crawlies.  My children are obsessed with spiders and other such bugs which I can’t stand.  You’ll find a pocket microscope will come in handy for a close-up view.

Visit a Free Museum

I’m glad I live in London.  There are plenty of free museums for the kids and I to go and visit.  Sadly, we haven’t been often or to many.  I know my son would love to go see the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.


What low cost or free activities would you suggest for keeping children busy over the Summer?

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. These are great ideas! Luckily the summer seems to have gone quite quickly so only another 2 weeks to go! Always good to have suggestions of things to do though!!

    1. I know, 2 weeks can be forever when the kids have nothing to do.

  2. Oo I feel inspired – thank you! We have done quite a few of these, but I’ve now added make a fort and rock painting to our ‘to-do list’ for the summer 🙂

    1. Glad you found this helpful. Fort building is super fun. Mine can spend a few days just on that!!!

  3. All such great ideas. The summer holidays can get so expensive. We have visited free museums and libraries as well as going for walks.

    1. They can cost a fortune if you are not prepared and resourceful.

  4. There are some fab ideas here. Great to get some cost effective ideas and things like packing a picnic helps to make a saving x

    1. Picnic are a great money saver and fun too!!!

  5. We have a massive stockpile of things for arts and crafts. It can take up quite a lot of time.

    1. It sure does which can really help. I hate it when they keep asking for something to do. I often grab the arts and crafts box and they’re happy for ages.

  6. We love a good visit to the library and the park. We do rock painting too, although it has been a while so maybe that’s something we can do for the last few weeks.

    1. I need to go find some rocks. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained.

  7. Those were great and fun activities to enjoy with the kids. My boys would be so happy to try this.

    1. It can be great fun even if you don’t spend much. You don’t always need to spend a fortune to have a fun day out.

  8. What a great lists of activities to try with the kids. I would love to try these all and they will love to do this for sure.

    1. There are plenty more you can add. These will get you started though 🙂

  9. I’m on maternity leave at the moment so I’m definitely finding it difficult to pay for activities in the summer holidays. We’ve been making use of the free crafts at our local library and picnics in the park too.

    1. The libraries are great. We’re doing their reading challenge at the moment!!! It’s a great way to get kids reading and they get fun rewards.

  10. Those are all great suggestions. Museums and libraries can be educational and fun, plus they’re air conditioned so you get a break from summer heat.

    1. Ha, yes that is a great bonus when it hots up outside.

  11. I love voucher codes and always check their when looking for activities to do with my nephew.

    1. You can make some great savings on fun days out.

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