Entertaining kids ALL SUMMER LONG can be exhausting and expensive. Let me save you the time thinking about what to do…Here are 17 free & cheap things to do with kids this summer in New England.
1. Unplug with good old fashioned outdoor activities at the Great Glen Trails. Located at the base of Mount Washington, families can bike, kayak, picnic, and see some spectacular wildlife. Rent equipment or bring your own.
2. Water park admission can really add up, so instead, take the kids to any number of community pools and splash pads your city has to offer.
3. Visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, where kids can explore caves, learn about dinosaurs, and get hands-on experience in the air conditioning all day for only $10!
4. Check out Summer Sundays at Harvard Semitic Museum, where families can play ancient board games, inscribe clay tablets, and create Egyptian accessories together for FREE all summer long! Recommended for ages 5–12.
5. See a FREE family movie in any one of 13 sites in the Boston area.
6. Let the kids get some energy out at Fun World in Nashua, New Hampshire. There’s a playground, bowling, and arcade games. There’s even a roller coaster for big kids and plenty of smaller attractions for the little ones. And everyone will love the two-story carousel!
7. Take kids 3 and up to create FREE crafts every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning.
8. There’s always something going on at the Boston Public Library, especially for kids. Make reading a fun, family activity and give little ones a chance to practice using their inside voices.
9. Load up the kids and go play a game of miniature golf!
10. Attend the Lowell Folk Festival to get outside and hear some amazing music from the world over. Your family can play games, craft, and eat delicious foods while there.
11. Do something fun and educational by visiting the Remich Museum & Farm. Get outside and explore the history of two country doctors, their community, and their farm for only $5!
12. Play at The Lawn on D!
13. While not necessarily cheap, Clark’s Trading Post tickets are inexpensive as far as family theme parks go. At $22 per adult, and with children 3 and under being free, you’re sure to have fun here! Complete with a bear show, shooting gallery, trains, thrill rides, rock wall climbing, face painting and so much more, no one in attendance will be bored!
14. Say goodbye to summer at the Revels RiverSing. Join thousands of voices in song at this FREE Autumnal Equinox celebration in Harvard Square and along the Charles River in Cambridge.
15. Take kids on a historic (and fun) field trip along the Freedom Trail. Consider adding a scavenger hunt!
16. Visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, where you can stroll through the rose garden, sign up for yoga, play games, and even catch a family movie in the fresh air!
17. Browse the epic creations at the International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach at the end of July, and stay for the fireworks!
Do you have any free & cheap ideas to add to the list?