65 FREE things to do this summer!

Summer is the time of year when I tend to get nostalgic for my childhood! I remember playing outside, catching butterflies & fireflies, swimming for hours, making up ‘games’, playing ‘Pickle’, Tag & ‘Jail Break’, and staying active nearly all the time! My friends and I would come up with fun, creative ways to stay busy on those hot, summer days. Now that I have (young) children of my own, I start asking myself that same question ‘WHAT SHOULD WE DO TODAY?!’ I decided to compile a list of all the FUN, FREE things to do with kids in the Madison area so you’ll never have to hear the words ‘Mom, I’m bored!’

  1. Summer in YOUR City Series
  2. Fly a Kite
  3. Catch Fireflies
  4. Go to the Henry Vilas Zoo
  5. Go to a Dream Park
  6. Pick Flowers
  7. Make S’mores
  8. Have lunch at the Memorial Union Terrace
  9. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
  10. Swim in a Lake (or pool)
  11. Go to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens
  12. Go for a Hike at the UW Arboretum
  13. Movies with Madison Parks
  14. Take a Bike Ride
  15. Go on a Picnic
  16. Water Gun Fight
  17. Play Cards on the Patio
  18. Walk Around the Farmers Market
  19. Make Ice Cream Sundaes
  20. Water Balloon Fight
  21. Play in the Sprinkler
  22. Start a Lemonade Stand
  23. Plant Flowers
  24. Magnify an Ant
  25. Play Kick with a Ball
  26. Visit a Farm
  27. Play Hopscotch
  28. Go to a Splash Pad
  29. Do a Puzzle on the Patio
  30. Play Tag
  31. Tie Dye a Shirt
  32. Throw a Frisbee
  33. Tour a Fire Station
  34. Decorate Cupcakes
  35. Have a Tea Party
  36. Double Dutch Jump Rope
  37. Story Time at the Library
  38. Play Hide and Seek
  39. Find a 4 Leaf Clover
  40. Blow Bubbles
  41. Build a Sand Castle
  42. Sing a Song
  43. Visit the DreamBank
  44. Slip n Slide
  45. Play ‘Simon Says’
  46. Find the Art Cart!
  47. Draw with Sidewalk Chalk
  48. Mommy-Daughter Makeovers
  49. Play a Board Game on the Patio
  50. Make Homemade Popsicles
  51. Write a Pen Pal
  52. Go Berry Picking
  53. Start a Nature Journal
  54. Feed the Ducks
  55. Visit a National Park
  56. Home Depot Kids Workshops
  57. Play ‘I Spy’
  58. Campout in the Backyard
  59. Look at the Stars
  60. Walk a Dog
  61. Tour Sassy Cow Creamery
  62. Make Homemade Play-Dough
  63. Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies
  64. Paint a Canvas with Water Colors
  65. Have a Slumber Party

3 Responses to 65 FREE things to do this summer!

  1. Tara
    Tara May 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Fantastic list!! Love it:)

  2. Katie | The Surly Housewife June 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Don’t for the children’s museum has free admission once a month! Great list! I didn’t know Madison had a moonlight movie series. Totally gonna check that one out 🙂


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