Written by Marykate O’Malley, mother of three wonderful children, Gladwyne PA
photograph courtesy of Rachel McGinn photography
I believe that less is more, especially with children. And what they say is true – the best things in life really are free – the laughter of children, the arc of a perfect rainbow after a summer storm, robin’s eggs and babies toes. Here are some free, or almost free, summer activities to do with your children this summer.
1. Catch fireflies
3. Enjoy a summer concert in the park. Coordinate with other families for a pot luck picnic to make it even more fun
4. Camp in the backyard
5. Make s’mores
6. Make homemade ice cream
7. Make snow cones!
8. Join your local library’s summer reading club
10. Water balloon fights
11. Volunteer at local SPCA or animal shelter
12. Initiate being pen pals with family member or friend
13. Take family game night outside under the stars with laterns and candles
14. Watch a fireworks display
15. Go on a hike
16. Visit a museum – most have one free day a week or are free for children
17. Bubble bonanza – my dollar store has amazing bubble sets. Set them all up with music for your own Bubble Mania Show!
18. Find a huge grassy hill and roll down it! I have done this as an adult and it is just as fun as you remember it to be.
19. Swim in a lake, ocean, pool or other swimable (made that up) body of water
20. Wake early to watch the sunrise or if you are already up – wake your kids to watch the sunrise
21. Catch one perfect fleeting sunset
22. Visit an art store, purchase a canvas for each child, decide on a location and capture it! I have been wanting to do this since last summer. This year ladies!
23. Build a sandcastle
24. Have your children create scrapbooks of their summer vacation
25. Create a summer bucket list – something we do every year!
26. Have a bonfire on the beach
27. Lie on the grass and watch the clouds float by
28. Plant a garden
29. Purchase sundae toppings, invite the neighbors overs and have a sundae bar
30. Organize a block party – think many hands make light work
31. Have a lemonade stand – donate the money
32. Collect sea shells
33. Collect sea glass
34. Grab the rackets and play tennis with the kids
35. Make ice cream floats
36. Go fish! ‘ing’ that is
37. Go on a family bike ride
38. Play flashlight tag
40. Visit a lighthouse (I love lighthouses. Just looking at them makes me happy, and serene. This could be my number 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5.)
41. Go on a nature walk
42. Make homemade lemonade
43. Organize the neighborhood crew for a play or favorite songs production
44. Pick wildflowers
45. Go strawberry picking
46. Watch an outdoor movie
47. Tie dye t shirts
48. Teach your kids “kick the can”
49. Fly a kite
50. Go ahead – let them make mud pies! You are only a child once.
51. Summer rain storm? Go jump in the puddles!
52. Watch a thunderstorm from the front porch
53. Create a model sailboat from a soda bottle – take it for a spin
54. Create a fairy house
55. Stop, and as much as you possibly can, take it all in
There has to be more – what else ladies?
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