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Need More Summer Staycation Ideas?

Looking for summer staycation ideas? Here are ten more things you can do for free in your home and around the neighborhood with the kids.
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By Susan Barnes
Updated on: November 11th, 2022

family hiking Looking for more ways to save money by taking a staycation? We’ve put together a list of easy and low to no cost ways for you and your children to enjoy a stay-at-home vacation this summer.

There are a variety of resources available in your neighborhood ranging from local merchants to public parks to your bedroom and living room. Just think, all you have to spend when building a pillow fort is time with your kids.

The Run Down

  • Did you know that kids can bowl for free? There is a website program to show you where and when.
  • Visit your local park. Odds are there are plenty of activities there for free and just going for a walk costs nothing.
  • Collect all of the pillows, grab some sheets, and build a pillow fort in the living room.
  • Call your neighborhood fire station to see about taking the kids for a tour.
  • Conduct simple science experiments in the kitchen using ingredients you have in the pantry and refrigerator.
  • Need building blocks? Materials don’t come much cheaper (or renewable) than ice cubes from the freezer.
  1. Take the Kids Bowling. The Kids Bowl Free program allows kids to play two free games a day at participating bowling centers.
  2. Saturday in the Park… Go to your local park for a concert. Many cities have free summer concert series during the day or in the evening, when the weather is cooler.
  3. Take A Hike. Literally! Take a hike along nature trails or at a nearby forest.
  4. Think Inside the Box. Cardboard boxes. You can make a clubhouse, a secret base, a castle, a fort, all with nothing more than a big box and some art supplies.
  5. Build A Fort. If you don’t have a big box, build a fort with sheets and blankets instead.
  6. Field Trip. Call your neighborhood fire station to schedule a visit. Children can meet the fire fighters, sit in the fire engines, and and load them up with stickers, coloring books and more.
  7. Mad (Kitchen) Scientist> Conduct at-home science experiments in your kitchen, using ingredients as simple as baking soda, vinegar and food coloring. You can find child-friendly experiments at your local library or online.
  8. Be Like Bob the Builder. Do your kids always stare and “oooh” when you pass by a construction site? Think about taking them for a visit. You don’t have to be on site, for safety reasons, but you can watch the action from a safe distance to see the big machines in action.
  9. Get in Touch with Nature. City parks often have nature centers. These nature centers usually offer free programs for kids, teaching them about local plants and animals.
  10. Ice Castles. Take ice cubes right from the tray or freeze water in plastic containers of all sorts of shapes and sizes. This is a cheap and cool way for you and the kids to build castles and other structures outside.