14 free summer activities for kids

August 1, 2022 • Chris Bardsley

Many parents feel the pressure to deliver an unforgettable summer for their children during the school holidays. When you scroll through Instagram, it can feel like all the other parents have organised amazing activities for every day of the summer break. Instead of putting unnecessary pressure on yourself, focus on spending quality time with your family and creating memories together.

There are plenty of free summer activities to enjoy with your family - whether it’s going to the local park or playing board games. With a little preparation, you can have a fantastic summer with your family.

Summer fun with Fair for You

Fair for You can help you entertain the kids all summer long with our outdoor play equipment range. Fair for You has something for every family this summer, from swing sets to lawnmowers. Apply for a loan with Fair for You, and if your application is accepted, you can purchase some garden equipment for your family. Spread the cost of your purchase over weekly, fortnightly or even four-weekly and monthly instalments without any hidden fees. Check if you’re eligible for a loan with Fair for You today, and fill your garden with fun activities for the kids.

Planning fun summer activities for the whole family

A few highlight activities will give your family something to look forward to throughout the school holidays. But of course, the big-ticket items tend to be more expensive, and costs can quickly start ramping up. Outline your budget for the month and see how much money you can dedicate to special activities, like cinema trips, days out and sports events. Then, make a summer bucket list with a list of potential activities you can do together. Ask each family member to pick one activity from the list and plan them into your summer budget.

Once you have your special activities for the summer, you can make a list of quick and affordable things to do throughout the week. When the kids are bouncing off the walls on a hot summer day, you can use this list of fun ideas for guidance.

Free outdoor summer activities

1. Go for a nature walk or bike ride. This is a fun summer activity to explore the outdoors and get some exercise at the same time.

2. Have a picnic in your back garden or at a local park - there are likely to be lots of events taking place this summer, keep an eye out in your local newspaper.

3. Play some games outside, such as tag, frisbee, or hopscotch. Sometimes the best free summer activities are in your own backyard.

4. Take some time to stargaze at night in the garden for absolutely free or venture to a local spot.

5. Make homemade ice cream and eat it outdoors.

6. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood or local park. Keep the kids busy all summer long, and ask them to come up with a scavenger hunt for the entire family. You could even join in with your local Kindness Rocks - finding and replacing rocks in your local park (more info here on Go Outdoors: https://blog.gooutdoors.co.uk/uk-painted-rocks/)

7. Plant a garden together and watch the plants grow.

8. Have a water balloon fight! The best summer fun on those boiling hot days involves staying cool and escaping the heat. A paddling pool, sprinkler or water balloon fight can lead to hours of fun.

Fun activities for at home

There are always a few rainy days in the British summer, and it’s good to have some fun summer activities on hand for inside the house as well.

11. Arts and crafts: From painting to clay-moulding to simple origami, there are a multitude of projects that can be done inside. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

12. Baking: Kids love getting their hands messy, and what better way to do it than with some flour and sugar? Let them help measure out the ingredients, mix everything together, and decorate the finished product.

13. Dress up: Pull out some old clothes from your closet or rummage through a thrift store and have a fashion show. Let the kids put on their favourite outfits and strut their stuff!

14. Movie nights! Snuggle up on the sofa with the kids and have a family night watching your favourite movies. You could even play video games if your kids are old enough to join in.

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