8 Affordable Summer Activities for Families

Do you want to have fun this summer with your family without breaking your budget? Or maybe you’d rather enjoy your summer at home?

As a working mom I can relate to both of these ideas. I live paycheck to paycheck, so I save money whenever I can. Since I have two small children, I stay close to the house as much as possible.

Even though I spend most of my time at home with my children, I always keep them entertained with fun activities.

Here are eight affordable and creative activities that can be enjoyed all from the comfort of home.


1. Blow Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is fun for people of all ages, especially for small children. Creating and popping bubbles can keep them occupied far longer than many other activities. You can have a contest to see who blows the largest bubbles, the most bubbles, or even triple plus bubbles-bubbles within bubbles! My five-year-old loves using her bubble shooter and can literally spend hours running around shooting bubbles everywhere.

While this activity can be done inside or outside, it’s best if done outdoors since dripping, soapy water can be messy and children tend to spill. If you don’t want to go to the store to buy bubbles, you can make your own with dish soap and water. A bubble wand can be crafted from a bread tie, or a pipe cleaner. If you want to have the best bubbles, try this great recipe at Home Science Tools.

2. Karaoke

Music is a fun way to let loose. You can stream music from YouTube through your TV or phone and while a microphone is nice, you don’t really need one. You can just pretend to have a mic, or you can craft a play mic. Check out this project at DIY with Ollie. Not only will your kids have a blast making the mic, they will probably love the video! The KARAOKE Channel at YouTube has these Karaoke for Kids songs you can try.

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3. Dance

Dancing is fun, and it won’t cost you a dime. There are plenty great dance songs for families. Classic songs like the Macarena, Electric Slide, Y.M.C.A., and Cha Cha Slide have easy dances moves that anyone can do. Some modern dance songs that are also easy to move to are Gangnam Style and Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).

You can buy a dance video game like Just Dance 2018 for PlayStation 4, which allows you to dance to many different songs. This game lets up to 4 people play at once. My family loves playing this game, because we can do it together.

4. Watch a movie

Watching a movie at home with your family can be a fun and relaxing way to spend time together. If you have small kids like me, there are plenty of family movies like Paddington 1 and 2, Coco, Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets.

You can enjoy the movies on DVD, or movie sites like Netflix. Pop some popcorn and watch a movie from the comfort and safety of home. You can even have pre-movie trivia or a movie related game before the show, just like in the theatre.

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5. Make Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are not only fun, you can create lasting mementos of your summer with your family. You can make things like tin wind chimes, necklaces, bracelets, and much more. Finger painting is also a great activity to do outside with the family.

My daughter and I love to paint with watercolors and draw pictures with crayons. She also enjoys easy origami, like airplanes, cats, and cars. If you need more ideas for arts and crafts check out this video:  20 Summer Kids Crafts.

6. Board Games

Board games are an affordable fun activity that anyone can do. There are lots of great board games like Monopoly, Uno, The Game of Life, Scrabble, and Operation, just to name a few.

I like playing board games because they reduce our screen time. We focus on the games and interacting with each other rather than our phones.

7. Sports

Everyone can benefit from a little exercise. Sports are a fun way to burn calories and tone muscles. I try to play simple sports like basketball with my daughter since she is only five. Often we just shoot hoops into a miniature basketball goal.

Sports like tennis, volleyball, soccer, and baseball are great for families with older children. Playing sports is a great way get out of the house and get some exercise with the family–not to mention you can soak in Vitamin D.

If the weather or disability doesn’t allow for outdoors, there are m-sports video games like bowling, boxing, golf, and even darts.

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8. Exercise

If you are like me and like working out, you should consider exercising with your family as a summer activity. Often when my I do my kickboxing workouts my daughter will join along. She doesn’t do all the moves perfectly, but it is adorable to watch her punch and kick the air.

I also like taking walks with my husband around the neighborhood. Other great workouts for families are jogging, cycling, yoga, and Pilates.

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Try to take time to turn off your phones and have fun in the sun! Let me know which activity was your favorite in the comment section, or share an activity that you and your family like to do together.