9 free things you can do with the family in the summer

Hey readers,

Summer holidays are almost approaching and for some, it can be a daunting time as it can be quiet expensive. Do not fear as I bring you my top 9 things to do with the family during the summer that are free.

1. Local parks. 

Have a look around the area you live in and there will most likely be a park. I don't know about your children but my boys love the park. It is a great way to get some fresh air which in turn means they also get a better night sleep. What else you can do when visiting the park is to pack a little picnic making the day out longer.

2. Museums. 

Where I live we have a couple of free museums which means a great day out. One is cars and the other is art based both fab and a great way to learn about your local history.

 Be mindful though that there are events within the museum that are not free and do come with a price tag so also check beforehand if they are free or not.

3. Geocaching.

Geocaching is a free app and it basically is kind of like hide and seek where you look on the app at the map to locate a cache and go hunt for it. It is normally something small like a pencil and you can replace it and log it on the app. It is a fun activity that all the family can do plus a great way to get exercising in.

4. Library. 

Libraries are amazing places for children not only are they free to join and take out books and audiobooks but there are things on for children to join in. With rthme time for younger children to be introduced to the idea of books through songs and stories. There is story time. Coding activities for the older child. Not to mention the summer reading challenge that is nationwide. It involved a  six-week reading challenge where you sign up at your local library to join. The aim of the challenge is to read 6 books during the summer holiday. If you achieve the reading challenge you will be rewarded with a certificate and medal for your achievement.

5. Swimming. 

Check out your local swim baths as during the summer some swimming centres offer free swim lessons. This is because it is a great opportunity for swim teachers to learn and children get free opportunity to enhance their swimming skills. 

7. Go to a pet store. 

A fun thing to do for free is going to your local pet store and see the rabbits and fish. Check out Pets at Home as they offer petting sessions and educational events that are free and run throughout the summer. 

8. Woods.

If you go to woods they are free and they have fun nature trails plus if you download a nature checklist of Pinterest is an additional element of fun for the kids to enjoy. 

9. Local festivals.

A good website to check out is the website of the place where you live in as it will give you important information about what is on and local free festivals you can attend. 

What places do you like to go that are free with the family? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheers for reading X
3 Little Buttons


  1. Love this! I've never heard of geocaching before but it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm definitely going to look into this!

  2. Such great ideas! I've heard of Geocaching, a friend of mine does it with her daughters, I think my son is a little young for it yet but I'll deffo be doing it with him when he's older! #AnythingGoes

  3. perfect ideas!! We do all of these! Our favourites are going to parks, walks in the woods, geocaching and the local library. #MMBC

  4. Fabulous ideas, Summer doesn't have to cost a fortune (unless you are unfortunate like me and have four summer birthday!) We used to love geocaching but having done it for a while. We actually have a travel tag that's been all the way around the world in the past five years, Germany to Japan and is currently in Washington, USA.

  5. Great ideas for families and even individuals. Pinned and shared! #MMBC

  6. These are all great ideas! Feeling much calmer about the rapidly approaching summer holidays now. I'd never known what geocaching is before...brilliant! #AnythingGoes

  7. It gets so expensive over the summer so we are all for free days out. Great ideas x

  8. It sickens me that so many families do not have enough money these days but it still remains thank goodness that there are free things to do that create great family memories and sometimes better than those that cost huge amounts. I go to the woods every day with my children - very good for our souls. #Anythinggoes

  9. Feeding the ducks in the park was a favourite when I was working as a registered child minder #twinklytuesday@_karendennis

  10. I'm all for all of those. I'd add beaches too, as they are our favourite summer days out and we are lucky enough to live by some beautiful ones. #Twinklytuesday

  11. Fab ideas! We love picnics in the local park!

  12. Beaches are always a winner here! We pack up a picnic, grab our buckets and spades and spend the day at the coast.

  13. Geocaching is on our list for things to do this summer. #dreamteam

  14. Free activities are where its at, it gets so expensive other wise! We tend to have lots of visits to the park but this year with both of mine now reading, I'm definitely going to get them doing the book challenge - thanks for the reminder! #TwinklyTuesday

  15. There are some great ideas there. I haven't heard of geo caching before, but we will for sure be trying that out. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam

  16. Great ideas! Still haven’t tried geocaching though! #TwinklyTuesday