Budget Friendly Summer Fun Ideas For Kids

Budget Friendly Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing and for some of us it’s almost half way over. We’ve spent time outside, time indoors, and everything in between. If you aren’t careful, summer fun can get a little bit costly. Today, I wanted to share “5 Budget Friendly Summer Fun Ideas” for those days you might need a little more inspiration! I asked bloggers to provide links and photos (to be used with permission of course), so I could share with my readers some summer fun that won’t be a huge hit on the pocket book!

5 Budget Friendly Summer Fun Ideas


This is a great way to enjoy some craft time AND have something to store those home baked treats in (which is another great idea for summer fun). Plus, with the Minions Movie coming out this week, it’s a great way to tell them the family is heading to the matinee showing of the movie!


Go on a in your backyard! What kid doesn’t like to be an adventurer, why not go on a dragon (or other stuffed animal) hunt! Search high and low for a treasure or that favorite stuffed animal as you adventure through territory unknown!


Have kids that like to get hands on with playdoh OR in the kitchen? This is perfect for letting them play with their food! They can create fun shapes and the best part is, what they create is edible (I mean really, who doesn’t love powdered sugar, marshmallows, and peanut butter)!

Fairy Garden

With kids imaginations anything is possible. This is a fun way to let them create a world full of fun and imagination! Create this garden as small or big as you like it.


These are perfect for any summer get together. While the July 4th holiday has passed, we can still have fun with red, white, and blue. Or take this tutorial and switch up the colors to match a birthday party theme or use summery colors. The best part about this craft is it’s totally customizable, let your kids personalities show through!

There are so many ways to have budget friendly summer fun! I would love to hear what some of your summer on a budget fun ideas are!

*Thank you to the bloggers who shared their ideas for budget friendly summer fun and gave permission for me to use their photos in this post, please be sure to visit each of the blogs listed for full instructions and tutorials*
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Hi! I'm Toni. I am a happily married, christian, momma of 3 living on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast. I am a lifestyle blogger and Seint Arist. I started blogging when my last child was born as a way to share my love of all things travel, cooking, beauty, recipes, and more. Now pull up a chair, grab a glass of sweet tea and let's get to know each other. I truly hope you enjoy getting A Daily Dose of Toni!


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    Nicole Dziedzic

    What fun and cute ideas! The minion cookie jar is just too cute not to make and the dragon hunt is very cool and interactive for outdoor play.

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    I want to make the Peanut butter play dough and the Minion Craft are two good ones for me to make with my niece over the Summer months. I like your budget friendly ideas!