Cheap Summer Fun: 5 Frugal Activities for the Whole Family

Girl and dad playing basketball.

With summer in full swing, it’s a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors as a family. Here are five cheap outdoor activities perfect for a sunny summer day.

1. Plan a summer picnic or BBQ

When planning your next family meal, why not make it an outdoor activity? Pull together a few picnic recipes and head to a nearby park. Or, throw a backyard BBQ and grill up a few burgers and hot dogs. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy some quality time with your family without breaking the budget.

2. Spend a day at the beach

If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast or by a lake, take a road trip to the beach. It’s the classic summer activity. You can enjoy the sun and surf, and because many beaches are public, it won’t cost you a thing.

3. Take a nature hike

There’s a good chance that you live within driving distance of a state park or national forest. Take the family out for a hike and enjoy the vegetation and rock formations that you find. You can even make a game out of spotting and naming different plants, trees and animals.

4. Watch a movie in the park or drive-in

Many cities have outdoor venues that show movies during the summer. This can be a great way to see classic films on the big screen. If your city doesn’t show movies in a park or amphitheater, charge the family laptop, pack a few blankets and a DVD and head out to the park to make your own family movie night.

5. Organize a summer game

If you have enough family members to make two small teams, head out for a game of kickball, touch football or Frisbee. Smaller families can get in touch with friends and neighbors and invite them along. Playing sports is a great activity for a summer afternoon — plus, you’ll get some exercise in the process.

Summer might be a time for relaxing, but don’t relax on safety. Whatever your next family summer activity is, don’t forget these important child car safety tips that can help you get there safe and sound.