I have loads of ideas of activities to do with the kids over the summer in our summer activity and bored jar lists, but I also wanted to gather together some ideas for free summer activities that get you out of the house.
I know how expensive the summer break can be and I am all for finding fun inexpensive, or better still free activities that the kids can do. Things that get you out of the house. The more you look the more activities you will find. I always find The Primary Times and local Facebook Groups are a great place to find local activities.
15 Free Summer Activities
HobbyCraft Kids Craft Clubs – Over the summer Hobbycraft stores are hosting free 30 minute and 1 hour craft workshops in store. Children can make slime, decorate ceramics or make a wind chime.
Pets at Home Workshops – How many parents take their kids to the free zoo, otherwise, know as Pets at Home? Throughout the summer Pets at Home stores are hosting free workshops twice a week for 7 – 11-year-olds.
Apple Summer Camp – three day free workshops for children aged 8–12 where they can explore their creativity through fun, hands-on projects across including coding and art & design. Check out your local Apple store for information.
LEGO Mini Builds – If you have children between 6 and 14 the Lego Mini Build if perfect. Staff will show your kids how to make the model, which is worth around £5 (but not for sale). Once it’s been made the kids can then take it home for free.
Dobbies Garden Centres – Little Seedlings is Dobbies free summer holiday gardening club for 4 to 10 year olds. They are offering free hour-long sessions ar various locations throughout the UK.
Microsoft Workshops – Unformtuatly these are only in London at the moment. But if you are London based then the Microsoft sore in Picadilly has some free great summer camps on.
Disney Store – Fancy making your own Forky or designing a lion mane, then the Disney Store has some fab summer workshops over the summer.
Learn to Fish – The Canal and Riverside Trust are offering free fishing lessons throughout the UK over the summer. All the bait and equipment is provided, so all you need to do is book in and turn up on the day
Free Tennis – Sports Charity Tennis for Free is offering free lessons through the UK for children of all abilities.
Summer Reading Challenge – Visit your local library to enrol in this summers reading challenge. Designed for children aged 4 to 11. Kids that take part receive a special reward each time they read a book and a certificate once they complete it. You could also print off our summer colouring bookmarks in preparation for the challenge.
The Entertainer Instore Events – If you have a local Entertainer store then they have a selection of events over the summer such as a Hama Fun Day or meet your (or your children) favourite character!
Check out you Local Authority – Local councils across the UK are running a host of free activities and events for families. Simply enter your postcode into the local authority finder and find out what’s going on in your area this summer.
Swim Safe Session – Run by the RNLI for children aged 7 – 14 (who can swim 25 meters) this free one-hour session is to learn all about how to stay safe in the water and what to do if something goes wrong
Free Junior Parkruns – These are 2k runs for children held in areas of open space around the UK and Ireland. They are open to all. The courses are marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of at least one marshal at all times.
Local Shopping Centers – Not only do a lot of the shops have free events on as you can see from above, but a lot of the centres do too. You could meet Paw Patrol at a local Intu centre.
Museums and Galleries
It is always checking our your local museums and art galleries for events. You can find a fabulous list of 170 free museums and galleries here.
MIMA – Middlesbrough Insitute of Modern Art is our local gallery and they have free family activities that run throughout the summer.
What would you add?
Have I missed anything? I would love to make this as comprehensive as possible. So leave me a comment below and I will add it.
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