9 Fun and Free Summer Activities for the Family

| July 19, 2017 | 11 Comments


9 Fun and Free Summer Activities


9 Fun and Free Summer Activities

Variety of popsicles


Are you looking for ways to keep your family occupied this summer? Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do at no cost.

Here are some fun and free summer activities:

1. Go exploring! Are there local parks, national forests, beaches, lakes or other things you have never done in your local area? You can generally enjoy these places for free or almost for free.

2. Read a book. You can take your kids to the library to borrow books for free and then enjoy them outside. Whether you end up reading at the local park or in a hammock in your backyard, this can be a lot of fun!

3. Go camping. Whether you decide to campout in your backyard or if you go to a state or national park, camping can be a fun and (nearly) free summer activity.

4. Start a garden. Gardening can be a lot of fun, especially for young children. Whether you plant a flower garden or a vegetable garden, this can be a lot of fun for the whole family.


9 Fun and Free Summer Activities for the Family

Sunset overlooking water

5. Find free attractions. Zoos and museums typically offer free days during the summer. Check out their websites to find out when you should visit.

6. Go fishing. Fishing can be a fun activity for you to enjoy together as a family.

7. Healthy cold treats. Make your own popsicles, slushies and slurpees with real fruit juice.

8.Watch the sunrise (or sunset). Grab the family and head out in your backyard, on a dock or a balcony to watch the sunrise or the sunset.  Make sure to take some photos!

9. Board Games. On a rainy day, why not take out the board games for a fun afternoon spent with the family.

These are just some fun and free summer activities for you and your family to enjoy together! No matter what you decide on, you’re bound to create lifetime memories for both you and your children.

What are your suggestions for free summer activities with the family?

Comment below!


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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Lynda Cook says:

    These are all great activities to do, we enjoy going out on the hiking trail, it’s so peaceful

  2. Calvin F. says:

    Watching the sun rise and set, also gardening are my two favorites.

  3. Julie says:

    We love summer and love activities like these!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    My favourites are reading, gardening, fishing and camping though I’ve not done the later two in years.

  5. Sarah L says:

    Libraries usually have summer reading programs.

  6. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. The grandkids come over and we try to keep them busy.

  7. Jonnie says:

    Great ideas! I never thought to get the family up and watch the sunrise together but that would be really cool.

  8. Laurie P says:

    My girl loves to garden with me! And Living in the Niagara Region, there’s plenty to do around town that is free and exciting!

  9. KD says:

    Board games are a great idea. My local library lends some board games out — a great way to try some new ones!

  10. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    These are all great ideas. We love our healthy cold treats.

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