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100+ Ideas for Free and Frugal Summer Fun

 100+ Ideas for Free and Frugal Summer Fun

It's time to kick off Summer fun across America! I'm sure you have wonderful plans to make extraordinary family memories in the coming months. I'm bracing myself for the buckets of frogs that will soon grace my country porches. I know our zip line will see much love and we'll soon start checking our milkweed for monarch caterpillars to have a front row seat of God's creation.

The Better Mom wants to make these upcoming months a breeze for you and yours. Below you will find a go-to list of free and frugal Summer fun ideas. Be sure to pin this list and work it over well. We've included learning printables, activities, recipes, travel tips, bucket lists, and more.


Free Summer Themed Learning Printables

Free Printable Worksheets: BBQ ABC Printable Pack 33-Pages

Free Worksheets: Beach Printable Pack for ages 2-7 (Includes 49 Activities)

Free Instant Download: Farm Printable Pack (20-Pages)

Free Summer Games and Activities Printable Packet from A Journey Through Learning

Toddler/preschool ice-cream printables and activities

30 Free Learning Resources for Farming and Gardening

Garden Journal for Kids (Printable)

FREE Summer PreK Pack

Five Free Resources to Learn About Birds

Free Birds & Nests Nature Unit Study

Free Summer Bucket Lists and Activity Calendars

Free Summer Bucket List Printable + 2 FREE Summer Activity Calendars

Free Printable Summer Bucket List for Moms Who Want to Engage

107 Must Do Kids Activities for your Summer Bucket List

Creating a Summer Notebook


67 Ideas for Fun and Learning This Summer

A Summer Learning Checklist Kids Would Love

Ultimate Summer Bucketlist for Kids (and families, too)

Summer Fun Activity Calendar

Summer Bucket List 2013

What's On Your Summer Pail List?

Free Summer Reading Helps and Ideas

Free Summer Reading Log and Reading Incentive Ideas

Plant & Garden Book List of Kids

Summer Reading Charts

Free 6 Week Children’s Bible Reading Plan

Reading Comprehension: July 4th Celebration Cookout!

free summer reading programs

Free Summer Reading Programs with Rewards for 2013

Reading Comprehension: Pool Day!

Summertime Sight Word Review Game Series

101 Chapter Books to Read (or Hear) Before You Grow Up

Nine Tips to Summer Reading Success

Foam Block Pool Spelling

Free and Frugal Summer Activity Ideas

Summer Circle Time Ideas

Kids Bowl Free Summer Program

Homemade Sponge Bombs

Sponge Relay

Bird Feeder Craft

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

Homemade Sprinkler

Homemade Lacing Cards

Free Butterfly Resource Unit

Photo Scavenger Hunt


Recycled Outdoor Music Station

Over 100 Cheap to FREE Summer Activities

Ice Chalk

Upcycled Pool Toys

Waterplay Wednesday

23 Fun Things for Kids to Make This Summer

How to Build a Backyard Tent

Creating an Outdoor Playscape


Marshmallow Shooter Kids Activity: Over 30 feet!

40+ Free & Frugal Family Activities

We Will Survive Summer Activity Jars!

Summer Pail Fun List!

Updated Summer Movie Programs 2013 at Regal Cinemas, Carmike Cin­e­mas and Cinemark

Marshmallow & Toothpick Structures

Summer Sun Busy Bag


How to Grow Your Own Crystal Geodes – A Cool Science Experiment for Kids

10 Great Summer Family Nights

30 Summer Activities for Kids

20 Summer Fun School Jar Ideas


101 Free (or Low Cost) Things to Do with Kids this Summer

100 Things to with Your Kids This Summer

20 Do-It-Yourself Homemade Art Supplies

Shaving Cream Painting

Easy to Make Pinwheel

Simple Beach Bag Tutorial

Frugal Summer Fun Recipes

Mint Choc Chip Dairy Free Ice Cream

Homemade "Jello"

Chocolate Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Serve Watermelon Without a Mess

Simply Delicious Homemade Ice Cream

Brownie Smores Recipe


Red, White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Side

Backyard BBQ Birthday Bash

15-Minute Oreo Pie Recipe

Making Homemade “Larabar” Fruit & Nut Bars

Happy Birthday, America! (Flag Brownie Recipe)

75 Best Desserts to Bring to a BBQ

50 Awesome Flavored Waters

Berry Mousse (Dairy Free)


Choc Almond Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (DF)

Mint Tea Lemonade

Grilling Shortcuts

Mediterranean Watermelon Salad

Best Potato Salad EVER

Red, White and Blue Popsicles

Free eBooks for Mom's Summer Reading

Free ebook: Ultimate Beach Reading Summer Reading Guide

Free eBook: A Gentle Answer | Showering Words of Grace on Your Children

Over 3,000 Free Audio Books + eBooks for iPhone, Android, Kindle & mp3 players

Free eBook: The Present Principle

Free eBook: Glorifying God In Your Finances

Free eBook: 100+ Simple Tips to Get Organized, Cut Clutter and Increase Productivity

Free eBook: Everything You Want To Know About Homeschooling


Free eBook: Rhythms | Family Traditions Worth Passing On

Free eBook The Family That Serves: Growing a Heart for Service and Outreach in Your Family

Free eBook: The Motherhood Collection eBook

Free eBook: Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Budgeting

Free Ebook: 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms

Free eBook: The Ultimate Marriage Vow by Darlene Schacht

Be sure to look for daily Free Kindle Books on

And you'll want to check for free eBooks, too!

Smart and Frugal Summer Tips

Tips for camp on a budget!

10 Tips for Family Travel

How to Relax During Summer Break

Organizing Made Fun: Goodbye School, Hello Summer: Summer chore charts and schedules

closeup of television remote control on sofa. Horizontal shape, copy space

How to Have a TV-Free Summer

Organizing Made Fun: Summer is here!

Helping Children Get through the Long Car Rides

Age Specific Chore List For Children Ages 1-12

Teaching Kids to Clean: Tips, Age Appropriate Cleaning Lists, & Free Chore Charts

Summer Responsibilities Charts

Camping List Suggestions (printables)

Tips to Simplify Summer Schedules

Road Trip Packing and Organization

What are your favorite ideas for free and frugal Summer fun?  Share in the comments!




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