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17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

17 {Almost Free} Summer Activities for Families

Going to the pool on a hot summer day is one of the best ways to cool down, but if that community pool is starting get boring, there are some other great ways to stay cool during those hot summer months.

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

 

Water balloon fight!

It’s a great way to play and get wet but it does require some post-fight clean up.

Water Balloon

 

Mud volleyball

Especially if that mud was made from clay and ice cold water. There are a lot of places that actually host mud volleyball games. All you have to do is show up, get dirty and have fun! If you drive there though make sure to bring some seat covers so you don’t muddy up your car!

Mud Volleyball

Solar S’mores

Though it isn’t a water game, solar s’mores is a really fun way to eat s’mores without a fire!

Smores

Feed the Ducks

If you live close to any ponds, there are likely to be ducks around. Take some old bread and head to the pond and make some new, feathered friends.

Ducks

Water Baseball

It takes some preparation but the end result is so much fun. You’ll need a kiddie pool for bases 1-3 and a slip and slide (or tarp) for the “run” into home base! Take a wiffle ball, slide a waterballoon on inside and fill it up. You get a splash at home plate and each base!

Water Baseball

Bake Cookies

Bake cookies and then turn them into delicious ice cream sandwiches. Yum!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Picnic

 Plan a picnic at a local park (or even in your backyard) don’t forget the lemonade!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

Play Soccer

Dig out that old soccer ball sitting in the garage and play a pick up game!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Make Popsicles! 

Use paper cups and fruit juice to make your own Popsicle. It’s healthier too!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Fire Works

Nothing quite says summer like watching a fire work show. Bring some blankets and make an evening out of it!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Go Camping

Even if it is just in the backyard! Your kids will love being able to sleep outside!

Camping under the stars

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Plant a Garden

Channel your inner green thumb, and spend the summer tending your plants with your kids!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Visit the Beach

If the beach is close, this would be perfect for you. See who can collect the most seashells!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Create a Fort

Create a fort in the backyard using those cardboard boxes you cannot seem to get rid of!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

Volunteer

Teach your children the importance of volunteer work and spend the afternoon picking up trash at a local park.

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Go Ice Blocking

One of my favorite summer activities! Buy a block of ice and slide down a hill! So much fun!

17 (Almost Free) Summer Activities for Families

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Dress Up

Dress up for the day! Wear costumes and talk in character all day long.

Little kids playing dress up

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