BIG List of Frugal Summer Fun Ideas for Kids!

BIG List of Frugal Summer Fun Ideas for Kids from

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Keep the “I’m bored” out of the lazy days of summer… without breaking the bank! 😉

Here’s a BIG List of Frugal Summer Fun Ideas for Kids!

 Read a Good Book!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Get Creative!

BIG List of Fun Crafts for Kids!

BIG List of Fun Crafts for Kids at

How to Make Homemade Playdough

DIY Playdough

How to Make a Twirling Ribbon

Twirling Ribbon How To Instructions

Fancy Nancy Paper Dolls

Handprint and Footprint Canvas Art!

Handprint and Footprint Canvas Art

DIY Felt Board + Weather Templates!

Felt Board

DIY Marble Magnets

Marble Magnets Craft

American Girl Doll Craft: DIY Gymnastic Ribbon!

American Girl Crafts

How to Make Homemade Bookmarks from Cards

Bookmarks With Ribbon

Toothpick Marshmallow House!

Marshmallow House Craft ToothpicksFather’s Day Coupon Book

Father's Day Coupons

Father’s Day Coloring Pages

FREE Fathers Day Coloring Pages at

4th of July Coloring Pages

FREE Patriotic Coloring Pages

DIY Flower Flip Flops

Flower Flip Flops

Go Snap some Cute Photos!

Cute Kid Photos

American Girl-in-Store-Events

Have a little Christmas in July!

Easy Christmas Ornament Craft

Easy Christmas Ornament Craft for Kids

Christmas Tree Cone Craft for Kids!

Christmas Tree Cones Craft for Kids from

Have Fun in the Kitchen!

Enjoy some Pudding Cones!

Bake some Cupcake Cones

Make some Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

Catch a Cheap Movie!

Play with some Pets!

BIG List of Puppy Training Tips and Tricks at

  • Train your Puppy or Dog!
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter!
  • Offer to have your kids help take care of your neighbor’s pets while they’re on vacation!  {my boys have loved doing this… and made a few extra dollars, too!} 😉

Get Outside and Play!

Make some Wildflower Seed Bombs!

Make a Fingerprint Plant and Flower Pot!

Fingerprint Flower-Pot

Play at an Arcade!

Get Building!

Go Bowling!

Check Out a Fun Website!

Ask Your Frugal Friends!

  • Go here and read through the comments on this post for more tips from your Frugal Friends!

More Boredum Busters…

You could even make a jar full of ideas… and pull one out each day!

Fun Slumber Party Crafts and Games for Girls at

Playhouse Curtains

  • Fly a kite
  • Paint the Fence, Rocks, Tree Trunks, etc. with paintbrushes from the $1.00 store… and use Water {instead of paint}!
  • Go for a Bike Ride
  • Play in a Big Box!

  • Blow bubbles
  • Walk to the park
  • Take a scooter ride around the block
  • Look for fun shapes in the clouds
  • Have fun with sidewalk chalk
  • Play with a friend
  • Go to the beach
  • Go to the lake
  • Take a dip in the community pool
  • Relax in the backyard inflatable pool
  • Paint with Water!

Painting With Water Summer Fun For Kids


  • Have a picnic outside for lunch!
  • Go fishing
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Make an outdoor obstacle course
  • Hoola Hoop!
  • Hopscotch
  • Make a fort using chairs, blankets, sheets, etc!

What are some frugal fun activities you enjoy with the kiddos??

Leave a comment & share!

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  1. Nancy Blecha says

    Our kids love to scrub the kitchen floor. They dress in swim suits, I put a little dish soap in spots on the floor and add a little water. They have a ton of fun scooting all around, racing, slipping and sliding! When they are done, I take a damp rag and wipe it all up. Voila! Clean floor and a ton of fun for the kids.

    • Noelle says

      My kids are older now, but I use to do this same thing. The kids love it, they slid accross the floor like a slip and slide and they didnt even get into trouble for gettin the floor all wet! lol

    • Michaela says

      My old church (and my family too) used to put a big tarp out on the lawn, grabbed a hose, and some baby soap (and towels of course!) and made a GIANT slip n’ slide! it was so much fun! The highlight of everyone’s summer!

  2. says

    I so get tired of hearing I’m bored. I need different things for my kid to do. Hopefully I can remember some these when it comes summer. I already registered my kid with

  3. Marsha says

    You may have just saved my sanity for the summer. Thank-you sooo much for the tips. I have around 12 children who all play at my house.

  4. Yessica says

    My kids do this game that you get a piece of paper for each person thats playing and an adult would write a word on each paper(without letting the players see) for smaller kids do words in the same theme for everybody. For older kids just use different themes for each. Then u tape it to their forhead and they try guessing wat they are by asking questions about wat they are and take turns.

  5. Stephanie says

    LOVE the idea of putting these in a jar!! Each day a different kid can pick! Thanks much!

    (We also ride bikes a lot, sidewalk chalk, & visit the library – they have a ton of free summer activities.)

  6. Brenda says

    Kids can make Ice Cream in a bag! It’s easy and can be mostly done outside and is a big hit with the kids! (Just Google “Ice Cream in a bag” for a recipe/directions)

  7. Jray says

    Take your kids with you and go and volunteer somewhere – a shelter, a nursing home, the park gardens, food bank, a church – there are a lot of things kids can do to help others and they learn something too! They can sing songs, read a story, play board and card games, help someone do crafts, clean up an elderly persons yard, make cookies or other goodies to share or to sell to raise money for someone who needs some help or to raise money to go to summer camp themselves.

  8. Heidi says

    I found a great way to remember these things for when I need them is to write them on index cards and keep them in a file box. Then when your kids say I’m bored, go thru the box or if they are older let them look and pick an activity.

  9. Camie Ricks says

    I get friends together and 1 or 2 times a week we plan events to do like field trips to museums, tour @ our local store, swimming parties, park events with games for the kids and the moms can hang out and chat, or we sometimes plan a craft or board game date @ one of our houses then we share a house that has a different activity and snacks so each of us can do something and also have a break, or u can switch weeks with each others house too.
    It lets the kids know that @ least 2 times a week we have time with friends.

  10. says

    These are some great ideas, I plan on adding them to our list! I always sign the kids up for swimming lessons, that last two weeks. Our local Nature Center here lets the kids cut up worms to feed their large aquariums of fish on Fridays. We also do the free bowling. Our library offers summer reading program that often has neat guests that come to visit such as exotic animal exhibit. Our movie theater offers movies that were out the previous year every Tues. if you bring 1 canned food item for the local food bank you get in free. In the evenings we can walk and ride bikes on the track. These are some of our inexpensive ways to stay busy in the summer.

  11. Cindy says

    Another fun activity to do with your kids is geocaching, or letterboxing. It is a great way to get outdoors and work together for a common goal, and have a great time in the process! Kind of a mini adventure! To get started check out:

  12. Jennifer Vicente says

    For my kiddos birthdays (they are two years and two days apart), I decided to combine their summer parties by having a “Mess Fest” in our back yard! I set up different stations, a pool with dirt and worms (yes, they like to dig them up), a water slide with chocolate syrup, whip cream & sprinkles, a tarp with two bags of flour covering it and of course a sprinkler for clean up! All the kids had a blast, we have great pics and it was very inexpensive! Just today we did pudding painting in the backyard. Kids love to make messes, I don’t love cleaning them but it’s so worth seeing them have fun!!!

  13. Michelle says

    I found great ideas on this list. My daughter is out for the summer in 3 days and I’m helping another mom out by having her son hang out with us 2 days a week for a couple of weeks. Now I have plenty to keep these two 7 years old occupied! Well, at least I hope so… :)

  14. says

    My kids love to go “exploring” together in the summer. We hit our town, or another local town on foot, and explore the main streets, side streets, neighborhoods, etc. It’s a good way to get in some exercise, and we often find new and fun places to go to!

  15. says

    For boys, building stuff is always fun. I used to use a hammer and nails often during my summers growing up and build forts and bird houses and other stuff.
    My little girl has an amazing imagination and loves pretend play with friends whether it is dressing up in tutus, dresses and fairy wings or just playing with her my little pony or strawberry shortcake toys. It sure is fun to see her when she gets into character and doesn’t know you are watching.

    We have also used the big box idea. Oh the fun you can have with a big box!

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