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Ten Tips For Free Summer Fun


We are very interested in free summer fun this year, since we are in the midst of surviving our very first layoff [2].

Here are ten ways you can have free summer fun, too!

1. Have a picnic.

You've gotta eat anyway. Something about taking your food outside and eating it on a blanket makes it a little more special. Don't you think?

2. Play in the sprinkler.

We set up a make-shift Slip-N-Slide with a sprinkler and two vinyl table cloths. The giggling was absolutely infectious!

3. Plan a scavenger hunt [3].

Photo credit: Five J's [4]

My awesome friend Joy, from Five J's [4], wrote up that fun hunt in a jiffy. (Click the "scavenger hunt" link to download the printable pdf!) Here, you can see two of our girls looking for a piece of bark with a mark from an animal on it.

4. Go to the library.

Most libraries have lots of summer activities in the form of reading clubs, craft times, movie days, and more. No need to slack off on the reading just because school is out, right?  Plus, you can can cool off from the summer heat in the air conditioning!

5. Have a stay at home summer camp [5].

6. Go to the park.

Our town has some awesome parks and even a sandy beach with picnic cabanas. Admittance is free!

7. Have a Wii or game tournament.

Speed Scrabble [6] is fun, and my kids are absolutely addicted to Farkle [7] and Snorta [8].

8. Paint rocks.

Photo credit: Five J's [4]

During Camp Conniewannahavefun [5], we successfully kept 7 girls busy and happy for at least an hour when we announced that they were to find smooth, round stones suitable for painting faces on. Each girl carefully chose her stones, and named her creation when she was finished.

9. VBS

Our church is holding VBS next week, and my kids can't wait to attend. Every summer I see signs for multiple VBS's. Another great way to stay out of the heat while still exercising the mind and having a blast!

10. Community Fairs

Check your newspaper for free events. We recently attended a health and safety fair [9], put on by the hospital, where we enjoyed free hot dogs, face painting, and bounce houses.

Can you think of any other ideas for free summer fun?