Every year we put together this great list of free summer activities and fun ideas because I love filling our summers with a ton of activities, but that doesn’t mean I want to go broke doing it! Here are 26 ways to spend your time without spending a penny!
Free Summer Fun in the Outdoors
Splash pads in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton are open and always free!
Walk! We have 5 ways to make it less boring here
Learn how to throw a frisbee, fly a kite or skip rocks
Sidewalk chalk a mini-masterpiece like these or leave a chalk greeting at the mailbox
Spend the day at a free beach! We’ve got a list of local beaches here and out fave is free!
Take a hike – literally! We have a list of the best hiking spots here
Birdwatch at Burlington’s Cherry Hill Gate where the birds will eat birdseed out of the palm of your hand!
Creek walk at one of our favourite spots
Ride your bike or scooter or skateboard at one of these great skate parks in Burlington and Oakville
Stay Home and Have Fun
Reserve a book at the library. They’re offering free curbside pick-ups!
Join the Summer Reading Progam at your local library
Have a family game night! We’ve put together our favourite board games here for you
Done with that game already? Swap board games with your friends and extended family members
Water fights are such a great way to cool off and stay 2 metres apart.
Teach the kids a new card game like Spoons or 52 Card Pick Up 😉
Leave a book or take a book from your local Little Free Library. We have 100 in the GHA, and you can find one here.
Do Something for Someone Else
Send a letter or email to a family member
Leave a secret letter on your friend’s porch or in their mailbox
Bake some cookies for a friend or neighbour or me 😉
Mow someone’s lawn or bring their bins up from the curb on garbage day
Keep the kids moving and searching with our indoor scavenger hunts
Get Close and Cozy
Have a picnic for lunch or dinner – indoors or outdoors – it’s always a great way to mix it up
Plan a spa day complete with hair and nails and a foot bath for those tootsies!
Build a fort and watch a movie together
Ask your kids these “Would You Rather” questions or these “Get To Know You” questions
Need more inspiration for free summer activities? You got it!
Check out our 2019 Summer Bucket List, or our Summer Fun Challenge on Facebook.
And we have 59+ other things to do this summer, too!
And check out more Indoor Ideas and Outdoor Ideas here