Kids & Summertime 29 Fabulously Free Activities

We’ve got a small laundry list here and all it takes is a little imagination and organization from the grandparents! Don’t worry, we’ve covered all ages and interest.  What’s so fun about even doing just one of these is you get to be together. We know spending time with grandkids is what it’s all about, and best of all, most of these activities are FREE!

Sure, we know you probably can’t wait to squeeze those grandkids and spoil them – so go ahead!  And, then  do one or more of these fun adventures.

  1. Shoot funny home videos of singing, dancing or just acting goofy. Most smartphones let you shoot videos.
  2. Start a scavenger hunt.
  3. Go camping – even if it’s just in the backyard.
  4. Learn pottery by making figures out of backyard mud.
  5. Browse books at the library. Check out books.
  6. Arrange a play date with cousins or neighborhood kids. Once you get enough children together, their imagination takes over and they’ll entertain themselves.
  7. Visit the park.
  8. Encourage the kids to start a make-believe “detective agency.”
  9. Climb trees (if it’s safe!).
  10. Watch educational movies on Netflix or Hulu.
  11. Bake cookies and other desserts. Learn the art of cooking.
  12. Finger-paint using non-toxic wet paint.
  13. Take a hike.
  14. Build a lemonade stand.
  15. Make pizza together at home.
  16. Make your own homemade board game.
  17. Visit a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary to watch how rescuers help local wildlife.
  18. Learn a new craft together such as origami. Make birds, animals and various objects.
  19. Plant trees or flowers in the backyard.
  20. Play musical instruments like guitar and piano. Get a cheap, used beginners instrument from Craigslist or a yard sale.
  21. Paint old boots, belts, and other leather with acrylic colors.
  22. Make snow cones out of crushed ice. Add different flavors and serve friends.
  23. Join swimming lessons.
  24. Take a long walk after dinner and work off that strawberry shortcake!

Encourage talking and exchanging thoughts.

  1. Read news stories together. Explain the story to your child in an age-appropriate manner.
  2. Write letters to pen pals or distant relatives.
  3. Search for “free admission” days to the local museum, art gallery or zoo.
  4. Create your own Broadway show – kid style! Write a script and make costumes out of old clothes.
  5. Go on a bicycle ride.