Fun and Free Things to do This Summer
Looking for fun things to do this summer? For busy parents particularly, Summer is the season for keeping school-free children occupied. But while the weather is at it’s best we should all be getting out their and spending more time with the people that make us smile. Here are some ideas for summer antics to suit all tastes…
Check for Free Local Events
Most cities and towns hold free movie nights, block parties and more during the summer months. Check online or in a local paper to see what your city has planned. Websites like Eventbrite are a good place to start for local events.
Join a Walking Tour
A quick Google search on most large cities will yield historical/ghost/agricultural walking tours. If you can’t find one, search for interesting destinations (bars and restaurants can be included) within walking distance of each other and craft your own.
“Geocaching” is a worldwide treasure hunt using a GPS to find secretly hidden containers called “geocaches”. The geocaches usually contain a logbook to let you say, “I found it!” before you re-hide it in exactly the same spot for the next geocacher to find. Visit geocaching.com for more information.
Host a Summer Film Festival
Have your friends/family bring their favourite film for a weekend of binge watching. Borrow DVDs from some public libraries for free. Or if you or one of your friends has an online movie streaming service, such as Netflix or Hulu, you can steam movies for free.
Camping in the great outdoors is almost always inexpensive. You don’t even have to camp in the wilderness. Use your own backyard (or the back-garden of a house-owning friend) to pitch a tent. Gather a group of friends and spend a night roasting marshmallows by a campfire.
Volunteering is not only a great way to help others, but it can be a lot of fun and a chance to meet new friends, gain new perspectives and add to your CV.
Visit your Local Museum or Library
Library’s and museums do not get the credit that they deserve. Most museums are free and often include seasonal exhibits – a great way to have fun and learn something at the same time. I know that the avid readers among us could easily spend their summer getting lost in the shelves of a library, why not give it a go yourself?
Organise a Board Game Night
Do you have some board games collecting dust somewhere in your home? Grab some snacks, some friends (or your kids) and plan to work your way through your board game collection.
Give Yourself a Home Pamper Day
Sundays are for self-care. If you don’t have the cash to splurge on a spa day at a real spa, spend a little time transforming your own bathroom into an at-home one you can pamper yourself in. Make yourself a homemade facemask, sit in your bathrobe and listen to some calming music.
Have a Day Out at the Seaside
Who doesn’t love a day at the beach?! Head to your nearest coastal city with a spade and bucket and enjoy the fresh air. You could treat yourself to some fish and chips too!
Grab a Free Gym Pass
Most gyms will let you try their facilities at least once for free (some will even offer a 3-day pass or a weeks free trial). See what offer your local gym has on and go get your sweat on with a friend or partner!
Go on a Virtual Treasure Hunt
Using augmented reality, Snatch is a free to play, virtual treasure hunt. Collect parcels hidden around you, protect them from other players. Once you’ve protected your parcels for 6 hours, you can find out whats hidden inside. You could win a free holiday, tickets to a gig, rewards and even cash just by picking up parcels on your doorstep!
Pursue a DIY Project
This will be at the top of my list this summer! Get your creative juices flowing, up-cycle some old furniture, give your garden a new lease of life, and get those odd jobs you’ve been meaning to do for ages done.
Take up a New Hobby
You’ve got some free time this summer? Why not learn a new skill! Most joggers are made in the summer because the weather gives us more energy, but you could learn a new language, try a new sport or create your own blog!
Attend a Free Festival
Most cities will organise their own version of a mini-festival during the summer. I can see that there’s going to be a “fake festival”, a gin tasting festival and a food festival in my city centre during the summer.
Go to your Local Park or Swimming Pool
Plan a frugal family outing and enjoy the fresh air of your local park or outdoor swimming pool. You could ask other parents for their recommendations on local play areas, and parks and set a goal to see all the parks in your area this summer. Most parks also have a water playground too – just remember the sun cream!
Declutter at a Car-boot Sale
Have fun (and make money) getting rid of all of your unwanted stuff. Your house will feel so much less cluttered after clearing out all your unwanted items. You could also make some money and do your bit for the environment by selling on secondhand items!
Go on a Scavanger Hunt
This is a great way to entertain (and educate) little ones. Make a list of things found in nature like birds, leaves and bugs and go searching for them. To really make it interesting have the kids take turns using a camera to photo the items they found.
I hope that this list can keep your summer full on fun (and your bank balance in check)! If you have a great summer activity that doesn’t cost a penny please do comment it below and I’ll add it to this list!