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Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas

There are a lot of expensive summer fun ideas out there, from camps to amusement and waterparks. Even if you’re not heading out on vacation, summer fun can be expensive.

That is unless you keep an eye out for great deals and freebies available in your own community. 

Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas

Check Your Community Calendar

Start by looking for a local calendar of events. Many cities and communities will put these monthly calendars together and note any special events, festivals, concerts, community theatre performances, and the like throughout the year.

There are often special summer events, including plenty of fun and free stuff to do with the kids.  The best place to find these events is on your local newspaper’s website.

Facebook has a pretty good events section, too, with free events in your local area.

Your local library will offer events that are typically free or low-cost throughout the summer.

For example, many cities will have summer concerts in parks that are free to attend. Bring some lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on, along with your drinks.

You may even want to pack a picnic dinner to take a long. Or pick up a pizza on your way to the concert, and you’re good to go. A whole evening’s worth of entertainment under the stars didn’t cost you a penny. 

Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas

Discount Movie Days

Get in touch with your local movie theaters. Many have special daytime shows that are either free or very inexpensive. Often they will show older family-friendly movies.

If your local theater doesn’t do this, look for a movie theater in driving distance that specializes in low-cost shows of older films and find something you’d like to see.

It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon when it’s raining or you need a break from the heat and the sun. 

Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas

Take Advantage of Free Museum Days

If you’re looking for an indoor activity that won’t break the bank, be sure to check out the free museum days that many of our local museums offer. From art museums to science centers, there’s something for everyone.

One of my favorite free museum days is at the Genesee Country Museum, where you can explore exhibits on events from the 1800s, ancient civilizations, and much more. Be sure to arrive early, as these events can get crowded.

Many museums will also have special events and exhibits during summer break. Give your local history or art museum a call and see what they have to offer and if there are any discounts for kids or special free events.

Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas


Remember the various parks, playgrounds, and recreation areas within easy driving distance. Make it a point to check out a few different ones this summer.

Many will have water features and splash pads during the hot summer months. This is a great way to keep younger kids entertained.

Check your area for the local Recreation Program. These programs are usually funded by your local municipality that is free to residents. For example, our parks program runs for three hours every Monday-Friday throughout the summer months.

Most of these programs get free lunches through public schools as well.

Free And Inexpensive Local Summer Fun Ideas

Have a Beach Day

Make this summer unforgettable on a budget and explore our area’s gorgeous beaches. With no admission fee, you can soak up some sun without breaking the bank!

Pack a picnic, bring plenty of sunscreens, chairs, and blankets, and spend the day soaking up the sun and playing in the waves.

One of my favorite beaches is Ontario County Beach Park because it’s free! Be sure to bring a beach umbrella or other shade source, as the sun can be intense.

Summertime is a great opportunity to make lasting memories with family without spending much money. Get creative and explore free options like people-watching at the park or checking out local events online; if all else fails, connect with other parents for budget-friendly ideas!

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore, but don’t forget about your wallet! Pack snacks for your adventure ahead of time – this simple move could save you a ton in the long run.

Put money back into those memory-making trips with frugal-style planning! This summer, step out of the ordinary and make unforgettable memories without breaking the bank! With a bit of creativity, you can have fun while saving money.

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