As the sun shines brightly and school is out, summer is the perfect time for families to bond and create lasting memories. However, planning activities that are both fun and affordable can sometimes be challenging, especially when the weather is feeling unpredictable. But fear not! Mini U has got you covered with a list of budget-friendly summertime activities that will keep the whole family entertained without breaking the bank.
Explore local green spaces
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to enjoy the summer is by visiting local parks and playgrounds. Pack a picnic lunch, grab your sunscreen and hats, and set off for a day of outdoor adventure. Let the kids run wild, go on a nature walk, or have a friendly family game of frisbee or football. These natural settings provide the perfect backdrop for quality family time and relaxation.
Create a dedicated outdoor escape
If you’d prefer not to venture too far from home, turn your garden into a private summer oasis. Set up a paddling pool and create a cosy seating area using blankets and cushions. Let the children’s imaginations run wild with outdoor games like treasure hunts or building a fort using old bedsheets. After a day of splashing in the pool, we’ve got the perfect children’s detangling spray to tame unruly locks.
Don’t forget your local library
Libraries are a treasure trove of free summertime activities. They regularly organise a mix of storytelling sessions, craft workshops, and educational programs during the summer months. It’s a fantastic way to entertain and educate the children, encouraging a love for reading and learning. Check out your local library’s schedule of events and make it a regular family outing.
Take movie night to the next level
If you have access to a projector, you can transform your garden into a magical outdoor cinema with a simple setup. Hang a white sheet, set up the projector, and bring out the cosy blankets and popcorn. Choose family-friendly movies that everyone can enjoy, or maybe introduce the kids to one of your childhood favourites, and enjoy an enchanting evening under the starry sky.
No projector? No problem. Turn down the lights and turn your living room into the local cinema. Great snacks are mandatory!
Turn your bathroom into an art gallery
Instead of driving you up the wall, the kids could be drawing on them instead! Grab a packet or 2 of our easy clean Bath Crayons and let them go wild on the bathroom tiles. You can display the budding artists’ work as long as you like, then simply wash it away.
Discover events in your community
Keep an eye out for free or affordable events happening in your area. Many towns and cities host summer concerts, festivals, and art exhibits that are open to the public. Take advantage of these opportunities to expose your little ones to different cultures, art forms, and music. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll also be supporting local talent and organisations.
Here at Mini U, we’re advocates for good clean fun all summer long. So gather your loved ones, get outside, and let the summertime fun begin!