Frugal Summer Fun~Guest Post

by adustyframe ~ July 8th, 2013

Somehow the summer days strrrretch away into boredom. At first everyone is happy to have a short break from school. But soon they are tired of having nothing to do, and they want to sit in front of the television or computer or video games all day.

Even though we homeschool and do some school in the summer, we are always looking for free or inexpensive things to do for fun in the summer.
Here are some of our favorite things for frugal summer fun:

1. The library. Most libraries offer a summer reading program for kids. Sign the kids up to read for prizes and attend the free events puppet shows, plays, craft days, etc.that go on all summer long. Besides the fun of the events themselves, the reading contest encourages the kids to read all summer long.

2. Other summer reading programs. Barnes and Noble usually offers a summer reading program, and I know other book stores and some websites offer programs. Keep an eye out as spring approaches.

3. Bowling. Bowling alleys all over the country offer free bowling to kids all summer long through the Kids Bowl Free program. Check the website to see if your local bowling alley is listed. If it isn’t, check to see if your alley has any summer program for kids. Our local alley doesn’t off Kids Bowl Free, but they do have a very reasonably priced summer league for kids$5 for three games and a hot dog lunch once a week.
4. Free/cheap summer movies. Our local theater is a Regal which offers Summer Movie Express a G and PG movie showing two days a week for $1 per person. Google your local theater to see what summer movie programs they offer.
5. Museum memberships. A membership to your local museum is often a very frugal idea especially if you have a large family. There are six of us, and membership to our local museum is only $65 a year. It really pays off in the summer when we want somewhere indoors to hang out away from the heat. Many museums are also reciprocal, so you can use your local membership to visit other museums when you go on vacation.
6. Crafts. At the beginning of the summer, I usually head to Michael’s. They offer many kids craft supplies for very cheap at the beginning of summer. If you have a local Michael’s, check out their kids craft supply and see what classes they may offer for kids over the summer. Many of their Saturday classes are free or very cheap.

When summer comes around this year, I’ll be looking back on my list and trying to find some good ways to beat the heat and have fun in a frugal way.


Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She loves to read and blog and enjoys doing book and product reviews. You can visit her at As We Walk Along the Road.


3 Thoughts Shared to Frugal Summer Fun~Guest Post

  1. Meg

    I have a suggestion for combining #1 and #5 above. Our local library has passes you can check out for museums and other attractions, like the Japanese garden, Portland Art Museum, and other cultural/historical places. You check out the pass for one day, and can attend for free! See if your library has something similar!

  2. Pam

    If you live near a college or university there are usually free or low cost activities……we live near the university of Notre Dame and there are many family activities/events as well as free access to two small lakes…..a sculpture garden….safe places to bike…..a free art museum etc.

  3. Leah Courtney

    Meg, I wish our library did that. I’m going to ask around to all the local branches, but so far I don’t know of any that do. 🙁

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