Things for kids to do in the summer for free!

Things for kids to do in the summer for free!

At home or outdoors

Mini beast hunt.

You can find some useful identification charts here

Craft with nature

Collect fallen leaves, petals and twigs and make your own artwork.  You could recreate your favourite animal or a scene.

Create a cosy corner outside

Rig up a sheet as a tent or grab a blanket and some cushions and create your own reading space.

Scavenger hunt

Create a list of things you might find outdoors and see if you can tick them off your list.  Here are some ideas from the Woodland Trust.,scavenger%20hunt.%205%20Tiny%20treasure%20hunt.%20More%20items

Have a water fight.

Water balloons, water pumps or water pistol fun!


Encourage your children to grow and plant some seeds.   The easiest option is cress on the windowsill, but you could also try growing a seed from some fruit you have eaten or some different types of salad.

Out and about

  • Visit a museum or gallery – see money saving expert for a list of free venues to visit.
  • Visit a park or local country park where you can usually park for free.
  • Visit a local beach.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Join the summer reading challenge at your local library.
  • Enjoy a family bike ride.
  • Visit your local swimming pool.
  • Geocatching – download the app and go hunting for a secret cache.

London Experiences 

Visit the British Museum, Tate Gallery, Bank of England Museum or National Maritime Museum Greenwich.   There is so much to see and do in London.

Local Activities

It’s always worth checking before you travel to make sure places are open because of the pandemic.   But if not, there are plenty of other options to try.

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