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Summer is here! Woohoo! I used to not be a huge summer fan because of the heat, but since having kids I’ve grown to love summer. It’s so much fun with kids! Below is a list of our favorite free things to do as a family in the summer. We’ll definitely be checking each off our summer bucket list.

Scavenger Hunt: Create a scavenger hunt for your kids that you can do as a family. Depending on the ages of your kids, it can be a scavenger hunt around your house, around your neighborhood, or around town (how fun would it be if you scavenger hunt ended at an ice cream shop?!) If your kids can’t read yet, make it a picture scavenger hunt. I’ll be sharing a scavenger hunt printable + binoculars craft soon.

Picnic: Take an everyday thing like eating and make it extra fun by packing a picnic and eating outside. You don’t even have to go far. A picnic in your own backyard is fun too!

Park Day: Park days are always a fun way to let your kids get some energy out. If you don’t want to deal with crowds of people at a park, you could also stop by the playground at a public school. A lot of times, their gates to the playground will be open even when school isn’t in session. Packing a lunch for a picnic when they’re all done playing is extra fun too.

Camp In Your Backyard: Pitch a tent, build a fort, or just lay sleeping bags out on the grass and gaze up at the stars.

Splash Pad: The perfect way to cool off and burn some energy on hot summer days. Look online to find a splash pad near you.

Farmers Market: Even if you don’t plan to buy any food, a trip to the weekly farmers market can be a fun family outing for all. Most farmers markets have live music to enjoy, free samples, and free balloon animals.

Movie At The Park: The perfect excuse to keep your kids up past bedtime! Don’t forget to bring a blanket and folding chairs. You could also pack yourself a picnic dinner/dessert to enjoy while watching the movie. Our park even offers free popcorn and cotton candy. Check your towns city website to find one.

Library Events: Aside from the weekly programs county libraries offers, they also hold free events often. Our library has held several outdoor reading events where you get a free book, magic shows, a drive in movie day, etc. Check your towns library website for events.

Home Depot Workshops: Home Depot offers a Saturday workshop for kids where kids get to create a craft and take it home with them…and it’s free! Visit https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/ to find one near you.

Barnes and Nobles: Get out of the heat this summer by heading into the air conditioner Barnes and Noble. On Saturday’s the hold a story time for kids, but even if it’s not a story time day, find a spot to sit on the floor and you and your child can enjoy the endless amount of books to read. Then head over to the cafe for lunch. If you attend story time, they’ll give you a coupon for a kids meal. Be sure to sign up for their free Kid’s Club.

Make An Obstacle Course: Create a DIY obstacle course in your backyard and do it as a family. Pool noodles, hula hoops, balls, and a piece of wood are all things you could use to make your course.

XO, Kacie

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