For kids, having fun in the summer is all about just that…having fun! We have some wonderful, free (almost-free) activities to keep kids active all season long. When you are out and about with the grandkids, you may want to consider this short list of fun activities to keep them occupied — without breaking open the piggy bank just yet!

1. Bike Parade
Post signs around the neighborhood encouraging kids to decorate their rides with streamers, stickers, flags, and more — then let them cruise while all the parents applaud. Create a summer-themed bike parade.

2. Thank Local Heroes
Take a tour of your police or fire station. Since most locations don’t have set visiting hours, call ahead to arrange an appointment. Go ahead, bake a batch of cookies together with your grandchildren and bring them along – they’ll appreciate the thought!

3. Start Fishing
Click on Little Lunkers at take me fishing, where your young angler can learn the basics of the sport and find places to cast off in your area.

4. Create Obstacle Courses
Build a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes, even a hose, then time the kids – your own backyard ‘olympics’.

5. Petting Zoos
Nothing piques kids’ curiosity more than baby animals, so a visit to a petting zoo (or even a pet store) is a surefire hit. Find everything from pony rides to farm tours in your state at petting zoo farm

6. Neighborhood Game Night
Designate one evening a week for some friendly multifamily competition (think kickball, softball, and capture the flag). Keep things fair by designating a different parent to ref (get rules for dozens of sports at games kids play) and dividing into new teams each time, like dads and daughters versus moms and sons.

7. Factory Tours
Many factories offer tours so kids can see their favorite products created from start to finish. Get info on visiting more than 500 factories across the nation from factory tours usa

8. Make Some Goop
Mix up a bowl of Oobleck, a mysterious matter that kids can shape into balls or let ooze from their fingers. Here’s how:
* Pour one cup water into a large mixing bowl.
* Add a few drops of food coloring (any color).
* Slowly stir in two cups of cornstarch (use a spoon at first, but you may eventually find it’s easier with your hands).

9. Play Hometown Tourists
For historic locations, local trivia, and under-the-radar spots to explore, hit up virtual tourist !

10. Toy Swap
Invite kids to come over with toys (in good condition) that they no longer want. Then, let them draw numbers to see who gets to pick a “new” toy first.

11. Bust Out the Chalk
Go ahead and grab a bucket of sidewalk chalk and start an art project outside on a driveway or walkway. Don’t fret- it’s all washable, and kids love to create imaginative drawings with chalk. Or, simply opt for an old fashion hopscotch board — no one is ever too old for this!