Low-Cost Summer Activities

Low-Cost Summer Activities
How can we partake of all that summer offers and still save money? Fortunately, the summer season abounds with low-cost or even “free” activities and events!

Here are some suggestions for summer activities that are not only affordable (in some cases, actually “free”) but educational and entertaining as well.

1. Agricultural expos and shows.

2. Aquariums, aviaries, galleries, museums, planetariums and zoos offer a wide range of seasonal activities and programs designed for children and families. Inquire about discounts or promotions.

3. Automotive shows organized by car clubs; antique car races, classic car parades and shows, drag racing, motorcycle racing and swap meets.

4. Bowling. As a summer promotion, some bowling centers allow kids to bowl for free! Check with bowling centers in your area for seasonal discounts or incentives.

5. Carnivals and fairs. Peruse the websites of nearby counties, municipalities and townships for scheduled dates and applicable information for carnivals and fairs. In many instances, admission for young children (check the age requirement) may be free. Many fairs also have a senior citizen day. Admission to street fairs may be free.

6. City league sports including day camp programs for kids; baseball, racquetball, tennis, track, volleyball, etc.; amateur youth sports teams and associations.

7. Classes or day workshops in cooking or ice-cream making at community colleges.

8. Community theater productions.

9. Cooking and food festivals; bake-offs and cook-offs.

10. Educational events such as art shows and science fairs.

11. Equestrian competitions and shows; equine events.

12. Environmental or ecological activities and workshops at nature centers.

13. Farmers markets; visits to pick-your-own farms.

14. Flower, herb and garden shows; botanical gardens may hold special summer events.

15. Ham radio conventions. Check with amateur radio and television associations or organizations in your area.

16. Home and garden expos and shows.

17. Inventor’s expo (one can check with area nonprofit inventor organizations or inventors' associations).

18. Lapidary and gem shows. Check with local rockhound clubs and organizations.

19. Large chain retailers offer classes or workshops

20. Local kennel club dog shows; dog agility competitions; 4-H fairs.

21. Music festivals; indoor and outdoor concerts.

22. Nature tour of your state. Explore your state’s nature trails and parks.

23. Outdoor water parks; sports parks; local and state parks may offer activities for kids and families.

24. Take a day tour of some lesser-known historical places in your city or town.

25. Tour local food or industrial factories or plants.

Tips For Finding Cheap Or Free Activities

1. Check local print and online newspapers and magazines for the calendar of events, advertisements, coupons and vouchers.

2. Consult the websites of local radio and television stations for information on upcoming activities or events.

3. Colleges, community colleges and universities offer a wide range of summer activities and programs suitable for children and adults. Some of the options include art classes, day camps (academic and sports) for kids and special outdoor recreational activities that combine learning.

4. Community and nonprofit organizations; food and agricultural councils and organizations; hobby associations and clubs.

Helpful Resources

Foodreference.com – Food Festivals, large search selection
Michaels Stores, Inc.®, The Knack, theknackkids.com

For informational purposes and not intended as advice/recommednation.

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