Hot Summertime Family Fun Ideas


School’s out for summer! The kids are home and before we know it, we’re going to start hearing that age-old anthem to summer, “We’re bored.” We’re here to help you ward it off with a master list of frugal but fun family ideas to keep the clan entertained and out of trouble! Check out this list of blog posts we’ve published here on FatWallet in summer’s past for frugal inspiration to an abundantly fun summer! :) Heather

Ideas for a fun staycation

6 Staycation Summer Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy

While many of our friends are planning trips to the beach and Disney World, we’re planning more of a “staycation summer” at our house because we’re trying to save money to take that first big Disney World trip next summer. If a “staycation summer” is what you’re looking into this summer, here are a few of my ideas for you.

Boys at Twilight Holding Sparklers in Front of Flag

5 Things Kids Like to Do on the 4th of July

I should have titled this “5 Things Kids Like to Do on the 4th of July That Won’t Blow Their Hands Off” because, let’s be honest, the first three things on any normal kid’s to-do list would be mortars, roman candles and fire bombs (not necessarily in that order).

Girl read book

Top 5 Ways to Get Kids Reading Over the Summer

Summer reading is a welcome respite in the middle of hot, chaotic days. It’s the perfect time to foster an appreciation of books and love of reading while helping to keep kids’ reading skills from sliding. And it’s cheap family entertainment. In my house, I find it’s easiest to establish a summer reading routine. Here are five ways to help get your kids reading over the summer!


15 Budget Friendly Summertime Family Activities

Skip the mind-numbing influence of TV and video games and get busy with the kids this summer to create some real family fun! Here are fifteen frugal and fun family activities to entertain the troops with this summer!   3 enfants au balcon

Educational Outings Disguised as Free Family Entertainment

Days off and family trips are so much sweeter when not riddled with buyer’s remorse. I’m finding free entertainment and patting myself on the back for introducing my kids “literature” and nature. CB064134

Outdoor Summer Soirees On A Budget

As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, it’s only natural to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. These money-saving tips can help you create an outdoor living space that allows you to dine, socialize and relax in the backyard of your dreams by taking full advantage of sales, discounts, coupons and smart shopping.


Frugal Summer Staycation Ideas

You don’t have to travel far in order to have fun, especially if you have family with young kids, fortunately children are easily entertained, so if you can get creative there are a ton of things that you can do in order to plan your next “staycation.”

Girls playing at the pool

60 Bargain Activities for Beating the Back to School Blues

My grandpa told me that life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer to the end you get the faster it goes. I think summer goes twice as fast as the rest of the year. To soak up the every drop of fun out of these dog days of summer I made a list of 60 quick, easy, summery activities to keep the kids moving without spending a lot of moolah.

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