With temperatures soaring in parts of the country, it’s time to think of warm weather activities. It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees here in the Sacramento Valley tomorrow and last through the weekend. Yikes, say it isn’t so Mr. Weatherman, what happen to spring anyways?

Since we have some sweaty days in our near future, I thought I would share some frugal family summer fun activities and give you an opportunity to share yours. In a time when every kid seems to have a cell phone or iPod in their ear, I am all about finding ways to spend time together as a family that shows my kids that you don’t need to have stuff or gadgets to have a great time. With that in mind, here are some of our family favorites.

  1. Keep ‘Em Wet. A couple of years ago, at the end of the summer, I bought a 550 gallon pool with a built-in filter system from Wal-Mart on clearance for $39. Perhaps the best purchase I have ever made! My kids absolutely love it and spent most of last summer in it. Heck, on the really hot days I even climbed in it and splashed around with them. When summer ends, I clean and store it and it has held up very well. If you don’t get one this summer, keep an eye out in late-August for a great deal for next summer. Other cheap and wet activities are of course, water balloons, lawn sprinklers, and the infamous super soakers. Just get wet and play with your kids. Good, free fun!
  2. Family Bicycle Ride. This is easily my favorite. Almost every weekend during the summer, I load up all our bikes on the back of my truck and we head out for a ride on one of the numerous biking trails in our town. Unfortunately, our street is not conducive to riding bikes on or we would probably do it every evening. I have witnessed great family bonding on these outings, and once everyone has a bike, it doesn’t cost a cent. Not to mention the exercise it provides.
  3. Local Library. Our local library has a weekly storytime program where kids are invited to come and listen to a story and then do a small related craft project. This is a lot of fun for the kids, totally free, and nicely air conditioned! Check to see if your local library has a similar summer reading program. Once storytime is over, the kids return their books and check out new ones to read.
  4. Camping. I am a huge fan of taking the family camping. Precious memories are built sitting around the campfire, your 3 year old with melted marshmallow in her hair, your 6 year old with dirt so thick the only way you can see him is when he smiles, it just does not get any better than that!
  5. Go Back To The Minors. Ticket $25, soda $3.50, hot dog $4.50, next credit card bill, Major Heartburn! Forget about going to see a ridiculously expensive Major League Baseball game with the family and opt for a minor league game instead. My kids could care less who is actually playing and besides every minor league game I have been to is a blast and very family oriented. No ushers staring at you, telling you “please stay in your seats”. A neighboring town where we live has a minor league team and tickets are $3 for kids, $5 for adults, you get a much better view, food is much cheaper (especially if you bring your own), plus they have family oriented activities and games. It is always a great time.

What are some of your favorite frugal summer family fun activities? Wow, try saying that 5 times really fast! As always, I am looking forward to your comments.