11 Ideas For Summer Fun on a Budget:
Go to a park and have some fun! Parks are usually free and kids have a blast running around and playing. We are fortunate to have 2 that we can walk to, but if you have to drive a short drive it is still a cheap activity. Kids don't need expensive toys to have fun.
|Fun at the park|
|Down at the creek|
Go for walks and find neat things such as pretty flowers. Kids like to find cool rocks and stones too, so you may be bringing some things home with you!
|Tiger Lilly we found on the walk|
Take a walk by the river. This is another fun adventure for the kids and if you have a river within a reasonable driving distance, you should take them there to have some fun. You can even have a picnic while you are there. We are able to walk to the river, but if we had to drive we would still go in the summer. You may find some ducks and geese while you are there :)
|Geese on The Delaware River|
Go on a train ride. Look up and see if Thomas the Train is going to be somewhere you can drive to. Or if there are any other fun passenger trains, not really a commuter train but a special event train. Thomas the Train comes here every year and so does the Polar Express. See if you can find him closer to you! It cost us $18 a person if I remember correctly. It was 2 years ago.
|The Girls with Thomas the Train|
Thomas train ride was operated by:
Delaware River Railroad Excursions
|The Delaware Water Gap|
Picking berries is a fun summer time activity here. I remember doing it as a kid with my mom, these memories are still with me xx amount of years later. Now my girls have fun going to pick berries. If you do not have access to berries by your house, you can probably find a local farm that offers pick your own. Quite often you only have to pay for the berries and fruit that you pick.
|Fresh blueberries we picked at a local farm|
Explore a cave or cavern! I am not sure how many there are all over the world, but I know there are a lot throughout the tri-state area. They may be a little bit of a drive and they are not free, but they are reasonably priced and fun. Kids can panic down in the cave, but chances are they will have fun.
|Our Day Out at the cave|
location: Lost River Caverns
Have your kids help you in the garden. This may sound more like a chore then an activity, but surprisingly many kids like to help in the garden. It is free, easy and you don't even have to drive :) This is also a great learning experience for kids.
|Our cucumber plants from last year|
There are many different ideas and you really can have family fun without having a lot of money. What do you like to do in the summer that is not expensive?
I am not affiliated with any of these places, these are all places that we went and things we do.