Just because school is about to start doesn’t mean there isn’t still time for some free family fun!
Regardless of where you live, how you educate your children or when they start school, these seven FREE kids’ activities are sure to create family memories that will last throughout the school year and beyond.
7 Free Kids’ Activities to try before School Starts
- Family Zones at festivals/concerts/runs
Even if you aren’t interested in attending the paid event, most events offer free family zones on the day leading up to it with bouncy houses, face-painting, vendors, etc.
- Visit your local library
Many think of the library for books, but your library is a great choice for free movies rentals, video games, CD’s and even MP3 downloads (Just make sure you return the audio/video materials on time because they carry heftier late fines than books). The Nashville Public Library also offers excellent puppet shows that the whole family can enjoy.
- Free Kids Workshops
Every other week, some of the major home improvement stores offer free kids workshops where kids can not only build a free project (that typically involves hammers, paint and stickers…or some combination of them all!), but will also receive an apron and certificate of completion.
- Make a Summer Scrapbook
Before your kids start school, have them draw pictures of everything they did this summer, and then paste in actual pictures of them doing those activities next to their drawings. Even though I created a list of my 20 favorite Summer Boredom Busters, the summer scrapbook is one of my all-time favorites my kids love taking back to school to show-off.
- Free Movies
Nashville offers several cheap summer movie options out there, including free movies in the park, advance movie preview screenings and even free rentals from movie kiosks so you can host your own free movie night.
- Create a Scavenger Hunt
Whether in your own home, around town, or at a summer vacation destination, children LOVE scavenger hunts! Even if you don’t have a road trip planned anytime soon, even a drive across town can become more fun when you’re all hunting for something.
- Catch Lightning Bugs
Catching lightning bugs is one of everyone’s favorite summer pastimes. After dinner one night, head out as a family to see how many of these little critters you can capture…just make sure to release them before you go inside.
As you can see from the list, it doesn’t take a ton of money OR time to make memories together as a family this summer before the kids start school again. The most important thing is that you intentionally make time to spend time together doing something you all can enjoy and share.
How do you plan to spend time together as a family before the kids start back to school?