The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the beach is calling! It’s time to gear up for summer fun with family and friends.
So if you’re itching to take advantage of this beautiful weather but can’t afford to spend too much, try out my top 20 list of almost free summer fun activities!
Make use of your local nature trails and bike paths. Bring your friends and pack a lunch to enjoy along the way.
Move family game night outside! No outdoor table? Bring a board game to the local park where there’s sure to be a picnic table or two and enjoy some quality time together.
Give back to Mother Nature by lending a hand to a tree planting organization or planting your own garden at home.
Put on your swimsuit, grab a towel, pack some refreshments and hit your local beach with friends.
Host a backyard scavenger hunt or arrange to meet at a local park for a game of hide-and-go-seek.
Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ potluck? Ask your guests to bring their favourite dish and enjoy a homemade feast on your backyard patio.
Grab an ice cream and watch a free sports game happening at one of the many community parks in your area. Pick a team and start cheering from the bleachers.
Enjoy a day at your local playground. Bring along a frisbee and a kite and let your inner child out.
Sweep the walkway, de-clutter the garage and wash the patio furniture! Take care of your outside to-do-list.
Walking is a simple yet enjoyable form of exercise for the whole family. Bring the dog and some bottled water and hit the walking paths in your neighbourhood.
Rather than paying for a round of golf, opt for an inexpensive alternative, mini-putt! Bring the kids and make it a fun family outing.
Gather your friends, family and neighbours for a little competition. Form teams and play a game of baseball at the local diamond or make it a soccer match on the field.
Power up your sprinkler and gather the kids for an afternoon of wet n wild fun! Or use the hose to fill up water balloons for a healthy game of catch-me-if-you-can.
Summer is full of community fundraisers, charity marathons and non-profit events. Volunteer your time and support to a cause dear to you and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.
Freshly picked blueberries are delicious in pies, muffins and pancakes. Dress for the weather, pack bottled water, bring a friend and get picking.
Pitch a tent in your backyard. Bring the flashlights, blankets and popcorn and enjoy a night of star gazing and ghost stories before falling asleep under the moonlight.
Host a yard sale. Clean out your clutter, make a little cash and enjoy the sunny outdoors. So many benefits.
Make a flower arrangement for your kitchen table. Collect wild flowers found in your area and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.
Grab your favourite novel and blanket and cozy up under a tree. Lose yourself in the story as you enjoy the warm sun rays.
Explore the many community events and festivals held all summer long. Enjoy free entertainment and learn about local culture.
This list has something for everyone, so what are you waiting for?
Heather Tarnopolsky is a Sun Life Financial advisor in Greater Sudbury.