After a long winter and a wild spring, summer is finally upon us! Finding activities to do this summer might be difficult if you’re under financial restraints. Sometimes the list of financial responsibilities is endless. You might have a mortgage, bills, credit card debt, college tuition—the list goes on. Even with these responsibilities, you should be able to enjoy the summer with your loved ones. Here are some inexpensive and free summer activity ideas that can save money while still having fun in the sun:
- Spend a day at your local park: Pack a picnic basket and bask in the sun while watching your kids play on the swings and the playground equipment.
- Enjoy a free splash zone: No doubt this summer’s going to be a hot one. If you want to cool off with your family, take a trip to a splash zone that has free admission like the splash pad at Warren City Square—plus, it’s free and open to the public.
- Create your own movie night: If it’s too hot outside, there’s nothing like staying indoors and watching a movie. However, we know movie theatre tickets are not always cheap. Not to mention the concessions alone can pinch your wallet. Why not have fun and create your own movie night at home? Your kids can lay blankets and pillows in front of the television. Let them choose what snacks they want to eat while watching the film. You can also take a trip to your local dollar store and let your kids choose one snack they want to enjoy during the movie. Finally, let your kids vote on a movie to watch on DVD, Hulu, or Netflix. P.S. The same idea can work for an inexpensive stay-in date night.
- Detroit Historical Museum: Are you looking for something educational, yet fun? Did you know the Detroit Historical Museum has free admission? The museum is a great place to take your family and explore the history of Detroit. Plus, you can pack a lunch for your family to enjoy while touring. Even though there’s meter parking on the street, parking is free on Sundays.
- Woodward Dream Cruise: Starting August 17, you can go to one of the biggest events in the metro Detroit area—the Woodward Dream Cruise. Take some chairs or blankets to sit on and watch vintage cars drive past. You and your family can also check out classic cars parked along the streets of Woodward and Gratiot avenues. Keep the outing pocket friendly by packing a picnic to bring along.
Summer fun doesn’t have to mean digging in your pockets. Use these tips as an inspiration to save money AND have a summer to remember!
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