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Summer Activities for Kids

Are you trying to figure out what you and your kids should do this summer? Here are some of the most popular activities, from costly to free, for teens to toddlers.

amusement parks are a great summer activity

Splurge-Worthy Summer Activities

If you’ve got a little extra cash saved up and want to make this a summer-to-remember, consider taking a family vacation. It could be as exotic as a week in the Caribbean to as practical as a long weekend at a local campground. The goal is to get out of your normal rut and try something new. Another fantastic idea for school-age kids is a trip to summer camp. Freedom, independence, a week of meeting new friends, learning new skills, and gaining self-confidence are all documented benefits of attending summer camp.

Millions of kids attend summer camps every year. If your child has never been, it’s an experience worth looking into. Get started by asking teachers, friends, and family for recommendations. Hop on the web and Google camps near me. There also is the American Camp Association’s web site that you can check out or visit

starting a garden is a great summer activity

Summer Activities Closeby 

If you can’t get out of town, no problem. There are probably plenty of great things to do not far from your front door, and many attractions offer special discounts for students during the summer.
  • Join the local swim club
  • Visit attractions in your city, like the zoo, museum, or aquarium
  • Enroll the kids in recreational summer sports leagues or day camp programs
  • Go to see a movie, a play, or even a puppet show
  • Practice your swing at the local batting cages or golf course
  • Visit your local YMCA or YWCA
  • Plant a garden in your backyard
  • Strike up fun at the bowling alley
  • Try new restaurants and then recreate your favorite dishes at home
  • Try ice skating or roller skating; if you have water nearby, consider trying out canoeing or kayaking

you can camp in your backyard for an easy free activity

Free Summer Activities

Summer is long, and families can’t afford to go broke entertaining their kids every minute of every day. Luckily there are tons of fun and free summer activities for kids that can boost their creativity and their development.
  • Play an old-fashioned board game
  • Camp out in the backyard
  • Go to the park
  • Play frisbee on the beach
  • Fly a kite
  • Watch a movie at home
  • Stargaze at night
  • Have a family dance party
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Visit the library
Want even more ideas? Check our blog 49 Free Summer Activities for Kids.

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