5 Ways to Find Free Summer Activities

Summer vacation is approaching! This thought may excite you or it may fill you with anxiousness. The summer is so much fun but let’s be fair, it can also be expensive. When you are having more meals at home, doing more activities as a family, and all of the other inherent expenses that go along with summer time it starts to seriously add up.  Does that mean summer is hopelessly doomed to either boredom from doing nothing or extravagant spending you can’t afford?  Lucky for you, the answer is a resolute, “No way!”.  There are tons of free and cheap activities out there just waiting for you and your family to enjoy.  The trick is knowing how to find free summer activities and these tips will help you have a fun and frugal summer!

 

Summer doesn't have to break the bank! These tips for finding free summer activities will help you have a fun and frugal summer!

 

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1. Check Your Local Library

This is the easiest way to find all kinds of fun activities to do totally free.  This summer our family is getting to get up close and personal with sea turtles, create fun crafts, and attend an ice cream social all completely free at our local library.

 

Summer doesn't have to break the bank! These tips for finding free summer activities will help you have a fun and frugal summer!

2. Free Magazines

A lot of areas have free publications that are geared towards families.  These are available in multiple places; I have just had the best luck finding ours at our grocery store.  When you are leaving the store look at the racks that have the apartment guides and auto-sales guides as this is where there usually are.  These magazines have a lot of great information and ideas in them, but they also have a monthly calendar of events in your area that are free or inexpensive.

 

Summer doesn't have to break the bank! These tips for finding free summer activities will help you have a fun and frugal summer!

 

3. Free Days

Tons of theaters offer free matinee showings throughout the summer for families.  There are free or discounted bowling days (often throughout the year) as well.  One in our area actually has $1.50 games and rentals weekly.  Also be sure to check museums near where you live.  Many offer free admission on certain days every month.  Our family has taken advantage of these multiple times and always had a ton of fun.

 

4. City Websites

Many cities put on free events in the summer.  These can range from Independence Day parades to free music performances.  We have been to a firetruck pull, got to pet and learn about exotic animals, and more through our city’s website.  A little research can give you free plans all summer long. 

Check neighboring cities too for activities! We recently got to go to a Touch-A-Truck event completely for free in a city about 30 minutes away.  We were able to get behind the wheel of Air Force vehicles, sit in the back of a S.W.A.T van, and climb into a helicopter (among others) all completely for free!  So always check out neighboring areas, too, because you might find something spectacular to do there as well.

 

Summer doesn't have to break the bank! These tips for finding free summer activities will help you have a fun and frugal summer!

 

5. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

 

Keep your eyes on city signs as well when you are out and about.  The signs on banks, at fire stations, and schools will all have local events coming up advertised on them.  This is a great way to find out about free events in your area. A lot of churches and festivals will also put banners and signs in the neighborhood advertising upcoming events. Being observant can save you tons of money on summer fun!

These are just a few great ways to find free summer activities! You can keep the fun going all summer long and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. What is your favorite free (or frugal) activity to do with the kids in the summer? Let me know in the comments!

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DIY Glow-In-The-Dark TARDIS Boxers with Free Printable

Are you married to a Dr. Who fan?  I’m super proud to say I have successfully converted my husband and he has been watching it every chance he gets lately.  I really wanted to make him a themed gift for Father’s Day and I also wanted something with just a hint of spice.  Our husbands want to be reminded that we think they’re gorgeous and Father’s Day is a great time to do that.

What better way to say, “I think you’re even hotter as a dad” than with these awesome DIY glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers?

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These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

Materials

These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

Step 1

Print out the Tardis picture on your iron-on transfer paper.

These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

Step 2

Cut out the picture and prep your boxers by ironing them flat before transferring the picture.

These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

Step 3

Remove protective backing from iron-on transfer paper and place where wanted on boxers.

Step 4

Cover with some sort of protective covering such as parchment paper or another piece of fabric.

** Tip: For best results use parchment paper because it won’t stick to the design.

Step 5

Remove covering and allow the boxers to cool.

These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

Step 6

Place the outline part of the letter stickers on the boxers to spell “It’s Bigger on the Inside” and then paint with glow-in-the-dark paint.  Allow paint to dry completely and you’re done!

These Glow-in-the-dark Tardis boxers are the perfect gift for the nerd in your life (or make a pair for you)!

** Tip: To help the fabric paint stay, once the paint has dried put in your dryer on medium heat for a full cycle.  This helps to set the paint.

 

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Easy and Colorful DIY Luau Invitations

This year I am helping to organize our class reunion.  Anyone who has done this can attest to the amount of work it takes (not to mention time, money, and energy).  One of the easiest parts for us was coming up with a theme.  Since we scheduled it for late summer we knew we wanted a more casual and fun theme so we decided on a luau BBQ. While we had done electronic invitations already, some of our classmates expressed that they would like to receive paper invitations to have as keepsakes.  I love this kind of stuff so I offered to design and make them.  Thankfully, a couple of the other girls helped me to assemble them since we needed so many! These DIY luau invitations are so easy to make and festive that they will be perfect for your summer party!

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Teal, Green, Yellow, and Pink Luau Invitations on Gray Background

 

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Luau Invitation Materials

DIY Luau Invitations Materials

**I have not included amounts in these because it will be dependent on the amount you need to make.  I can tell you that we needed 100 and I used roughly 7-8 leis, an entire pack of cardstock, and about 5 tape runners.

Step 1

Design and print out the information part of your invitations on regular printer paper, 2 to a page.

Step 2

Cut your cardstock in half, bisecting on the 11” side.  Also cut out your information sections.

Tip:

 

Close Up of Rounded Edges of Luau Paper

Step 3 (optional)

I chose to round the corners of both the information pieces and the cardstock pieces.  If you choose to do the same, you should do so before taping the pieces together.

 

Luau invitation paper attached to cardstock

Step 4

Tape the two pieces together for each invitation, centering the information on the cardstock.

 

Flowers from Hawaiian Lei

 

Step 5

Prepare your flowers by cutting apart your leis (I got 3pks at the dollar store).  Then slide the flowers off of the string.

Tip:

Note: These leis have come in so handy! I’ve used them on a ton of projects like this adorable girl’s purse!

 

back of flowers with brad attached

Multi-color flower with brad in the center

Step 6

Assemble your flowers by placing two flowers of different colors together and securing them with a brad.

Tip:

 

Double Sided square sticker on invitation

Flower attached to bottom corner of luau invitation

Step 7

For each invitation, adhere a flower on the bottom left of your information with a mounting square.

 

Pink Luau Invitation with flower and paper palm tree attached

Step 8

Lastly, cut out green palm trees using your Cricut then attach 1 palm tree on the right of each invitation with the tape runner.

 

Teal, Pink, and Green Luau Invitations on Gray Background

Teal and Green Luau Invitations on Gray Background

That’s it!  I am so happy with how these turned out and again, they are just so simple to make. We were able to assemble around 60 of these in a couple of hours. If you are just having a personal bbq, these diy luau invitations should come together in minutes. If you are looking for more DIY fun you can find awesome creative summer ideas here!

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