Unfortunately, if you are like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of money to spend on entertainment. Well, good news! You don’t have to worry because there are plenty of fun things to do that don’t cost a fortune. Listed are some activities that won’t break the bank and that the kids are sure to enjoy.

1. Visit Your Local Library

Just because school is not in session doesn’t mean your kids should stop reading. In fact, it is an important part of helping your child to excel academically. Fortunately, libraries are a great place for kids to go and find all kinds of exciting books full of wonderful stories.

Not only are there many cool adventures just a few pages away, but libraries also offer many other fun, free things to do. During the summer many libraries set aside certain days for kids to come in and construct science projects, work on crafts, and even watch movies. Many even have reading clubs that awards kids with small incentives for reading throughout their summer break.

2. Enjoy Free Community Events

There are often plenty of fun free or inexpensive things to do right in your backyard. Check with your local chamber of commerce to find out what events are scheduled for your area for the summer. Most cities offer various activities such as firework displays, festivals, concerts, and other fun events throughout the summer.

Many of the big box companies even offer free workshops where parents and kids go to learn various skills such as cooking or building.

3. Take a Hike

Summer is the ideal time to get the kids outdoors and exploring nature. National parks and nature centers are some perfect places to see and enjoy wildlife up close.

Another advantage is that by getting the kids outside they must disconnect from all the electronics. Not to mention climbing mountains and hiking down trails is a wonderful way for your kids to burn up all that pent up energy.

4. Volunteer at the Animal Shelter

Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to help feed, bathe, walk, play, or just spend time with the animals up for adoption. Helping the animals can be a fun experience for you and your kids.It can also teach them responsibility while giving them a sense of pride and accomplishment by helping animals in need.

5. Create with Crafts

Kids love to make things, and crafts are such creative way to have a good time. Let the kids use their imagination to create things with simple items you have around the house. Supplies can include things such as markers, construction paper, glue, yarn, cardboard, milk or bottle caps, and glue. For sewing and crochet projects, you can see if grandma or grandpa has an old yarn ball winder you can use, or even an ergonomic crochet hook set.

If you prefer to have a more structured project, there are loads of websites that provide free craft instructions.Most sites offer printable directions and materials to help get you started.

6. Fun in the Sun

When the summer heat is at its hottest, there is nothing more fun than playing with your kids in some nice cool water. If you don’t have easy access to a pool or lake, you can make your own water fun. Simply, poke a few holes in some PVC pipe then attach it to a garden to make a cool sprinkler system for the kids to play in – or create a DIY splash pad at home.

You can also fill up some water guns or water balloons and let the kids play against the adults.

7. Go Through Old Photographs

Grab those old photo albums and reminisce about days past. Looking through old pictures can be a fun activity for both you and your kids. They will love to see themselves when they were younger, and it’s fun to see how much they have grown. Looking at photos of relatives that are in the military or that live far away can also help to bring comfort and cheer to both of you.

8. Have a Backyard Camp Out

Instead of loading up a bunch of equipment and listening to the kids scream for hours while driving to a crowded campsite, why not camp out at home? The kids will love sleeping out under the stars, and you get to enjoy indoor plumbing! Make it a fun and memorable adventure by playing games, roasting marshmallows, and telling scary ghost stories.

9. Go Bicycle Riding

Riding bicycles with your kids is a wonderful way to get them off the couch and breathing in some fresh air. Cycling is good for your heart, immune system and is the perfect activity for getting both you and your kids in shape.

You can use the time to explore new places, visit with neighbors and simply talk and enjoy each other’s company.

10. Plant a Garden

Your kids will love watching the whole process of planting a seed and watching it grow into a flower or plant. Growing a garden can give your kids a sense of pride and accomplishment, and hey, it’s just plain fun.

For best results, you might want to begin planting seeds in small disposable cups then move the seedlings to a spot in the yard as it matures.

Don’t let a limited budget get in the way of having a good time. Simply take these super easy ideas, and go have fun making special memories with your kids this summer.