School is almost over, which means it’s time to start planning some totally awesome summer activities. As a middle schooler I try to save up as much money as I can from birthdays and babysitting, but it doesn’t get me very far. So, here are some of my favorite low-budget things to do in the summer!
See A Local Outdoor Concert
While it costs nearly $1,000 to see Justin Bieber in New York City, you can listen to live music with your besties for free in your own town. A lot of towns host local “music in the park” nights, during which community members can come listen to local bands play music. It’s super fun and a great way to spend those warm summer nights!
Find A Free Zoo
There are tons of free zoos in the U.S. I could spend all day just walking around looking at the animals. And I always love keeping the souvenir cup that you get with a big lemonade!
Swimming doesn’t always require a backyard pool or a public pool membership. My friends and I love to go to a local lake or bay and swim when it gets really hot outside. The best is when we pack a picnic and spend the whole day there!
Visit A National Park
Did you know that on certain days of the year, National Park visits are free!? Just check out the National Park Service website to find out when these dates are, then enjoy the free day surrounded by the Earth’s most beautiful creations!
Take A Class
Chances are, there are about one hundred local stores in your area that offer free classes. You could take a pottery class, sewing class, birdhouse-making class, and so much more. Most classes are free or very cheap. So, get outside, check out your local stores and learn something new!
Stroll Through A Farmer’s Market
Visiting farmer’s markets is one of my favorite ways to spend a summer Sunday. It’s so cool to see all the people come out and support local vendors. I also love tasting the samples, lol! Sometimes I’ll bring some money to buy just one really special homemade treat.
This is one activity that will never get old. Volunteering is always free and always fun. If you’re not sure how to get started volunteering, try asking your parents or even a teacher! Trust me, there are definitely a ton of ways to volunteer in your neighborhood!