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How to Find Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer

It doesn’t matter how excited kids are for summer to arrive. Within a week or so, you’ll start to hear your kids complaining about being bored. Obviously, opening your wallet every time your kids claimed they were bored would quickly deplete your bank account (and your sanity). Thankfully, you can easily find free things to do with kids this summer in your local community using these tips.

How to Find Free Things to Do With the Kids This Summer

Awesome Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer

Join a Library Program

Libraries are still a wonderful place to take your kids. Not only do they get to wander through the kids’ section of books and enjoy story time, but most libraries offer summer programs. The summer reading program encourages children to read by offering rewards for the number of books read. Ours offers an end of summer pool party for kids who reach their goal. If you want to keep your kids reading this summer, this is a must.

Our library also offers LEGO club, a coding group for girls, a dance group for tots, and more. We love our local library! It offers some of our favorite free things to do with kids this summer.

Libraries have lots of awesome, free summer programs like LEGO club

Go to the Movies

Many theaters offer free movies during the summer months. These are older movies, but still a great solution for getting the kids out of the house for free. Check with the theaters in your area to see how many offer this option.

Visit the Zoo

Sometimes during the summer months, zoos offer free days. You’ll want to arrive early to help avoid the crowds. Sign up for the zoo’s newsletter to get information on upcoming events.

free kids days at the zoo

Check Out Museums

Museums often offer free days as well. If you have museums that have kids’ sections, this is a great option. Your kids will have fun and learn something at the same time.

Attend Outdoor Concerts

Outdoor concerts can be another great thing for kids to do this summer. These free concerts often take place in parks or other community areas. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, bring a blanket, and enjoy the show.

outdoor concerts perfect for summer

Check for Community Events

Last, but not least, each area is different. Check your local paper or Facebook pages for your area to learn about free events that are taking place in your town. You never know what might be happening. You can even scope out surrounding areas to see if there’s anything worth heading out of town for.

You don’t have to spend money to keep your kids entertained. There are so many free things to do with kids this summer. You can attend free outdoor concerts, visit the zoo, or even enroll your kids in a library program. These are great ways to get the kids out of the house without having to worry about the expense.

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  • I'm Donella, the voice, heart, and wit (sometimes) behind this blog. I homeschool my pre-teen son by day and moonlight as a blogger and freelance writer. I'm a Diet Pepsi aficionado with a bookshelf that's always overflowing. My two dogs—a German Shepherd and a Beagle—are my fluffy shadows. I love planning in my bullet journal almost as much as I love hoarding notebooks and pens. I may be an introvert who missed her calling as a desert hermit, but that just gives me more time to write, right?

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