75 FREE things to do this Summer


  1. Visit the Library-Read books that inspire ideas and give reason for further hands on study activities.  Reserve books through your online service at your local library that have items of interest for your child’s age group, how to make paper airplanes, science experiments, craft projects, etc.
  2. Attend Library-STORY TIME  -In Carlyle 10 AM every Thursday.
  3. Visit your local park – go early, pack a lunch, bring a drawing tablet, enjoy the outside before it’s too hot.
  4. Take a field trip or nature hike.  Visit nearby Cannington Manor, Kenosee Lake, White Bear Lake or even just a walk in the country.  Bring a journal and a camera to document what you find.
  5. Play in the water – Sure the sprinkler and pool are great – but try painting with water.  Wet brushes will change the color of brick, sidewalk, deck and fence but will dry clear.  Or visit the Carlyle Leisure complex for Parent and Tot Swim every Tuesday and Wednesday 10-noon!
  6. Make a rock collection – Searching for interesting rocks might even lead to finding a fossil!
  7. Build a fort – Use the old standby of blankets and chairs or go and find sticks and branches.
  8. Take an “Alphabet tour.”  With camera in hand, try to take a picture of places that start with letters of the alphabet.  (a)Ananda arthouse,  (b)bed and breakfast, (c)Carlyle sign, (d) dairy queen.
  9. Attend Local Museum Children’s events.  Every Wednesday Morning in Carlyle all July and August.

10.  Make Homemade Popsicles.

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt.

12.  Host a community picnic or block party.  Have each neighbour host a game such as: bean bag toss, egg on the spoon etc.  Contact Jenn Sedor at CFY for use of the community picnic kit.

13.  Go to the beach.

14.  Cook with your kids – let them plan it, be apart of the shopping, table setting and dessert!  Visit CFY’s resource library for easy cooking projects for your family!

  1. Teach the kids frisbee golf.  Make the course together using traffic cones or other bright objects as your target.  Using the same rules as golf see how many throws it takes to get the Frisbee to the target.

16.  Go fly a kite.

  1. Do a sewing project together.  Make a picnic or story time blanket, apron, or summer dress.

18.  Make sock puppets – put on a puppet shows.  

19.  Go outside for reading time.

20. Make and blow bubbles.

21.  Hide your dinosaurs, mini animals, etc. in the sand pit  and have a excavation. (even read a book about palaeontology before hand).

22. Play dress up.

23. Have a tea party.

24. Make an obstacle course out of your back yard and have races.

25.  Play jacks.

26. Go fishing.

27.  Go on a bike ride.

28. Camp in your back yard.

29. Melt and create with crayons.

30. Plant a garden using seeds from your vegetables/fruits.

31.  Tour local historic sites.

32. Make a star gazing map.

33. Teach the kids to knit.

34. Set up a lemonade stand.

35.  Set up toy race car races in the driveway. Have them make a trophy to give to the winning car – then next time  – the new winning car gets the trophy.

36. Have a LEGO building contest (using x# pieces, only using blue pieces, creating something a certain height, create something that moves, etc.)

37.  Make a doll.

38. Hunt for animal tracks. (get a book from the library to help identify them).

39. Have a dress up party.

40. Learn bird calls.

41.  Use magazines to make mosaics.

42. Make musical instruments and become a ‘home band’ sensation!

43. Make tye die shirts.

44. Take a picnic to dad/mom/grandma/ etc… give them a nice break from their work day.

45.  Make a tent in the living room.

46. Make a bird feeder with pine cones & peanut butter (and bird seed of course).

47.  Paint with fruit and veggies (and anything else you will let them paint with – think q-tips, old toothbrush, sponges, leaves…. etc.)

48. Play charades.

49. Have a “BORED” game day – pull out all those dusty games and let each child pick a game – if its nice outside – take them out on your picnic blanket.

50. Walk your neighbours dog.

  1. Make silhouettes.

52.  Check out local VBS offerings – a lot of time you can volunteer while your kids attend.

53.  Gather friends and have a “clean” the park day – celebrate your good deed with a picnic and play time.

54.  Make Playdough.

55.  Play “I Spy” as you walk around your neighbourhood.

56.  Go to a farmers market.

57.  Check the Summer Times paper for local summer festivals.

58. Make a checker board and your own checkers. Then play for a bit…

59.  Make your own board games.

60. Make a Milk Carton Boat – and head to a pond.

61.  Have a Christmas in July party and ask all the guests to bring donations for your local food pantry.

62. Gather, paint, make pet rocks.

63. Attend Mobile Playground summer day camps at Carlyle Elementary School July 26th – 30th.    Call Jenn Sedor to register  your child.

64. Volunteer at a local charity.

65.  Have a pajama day, enjoy movies and popcorn (great for a rainy day).

66. Color.

67.  Make a Windchime.

68. Write your own poems.

69. Do a toy swap with a friend.

70. “Play” school.

  1. Travel around the world.  Read books about interesting places and explore them using your imagination.  Draw landmarks, use recipes to cook interesting local foods.  Use the internet or visit your local library.

72.  Play tennis, soccer, kickball, football, etc.

73.  Make a sandcastle.

74.  Enjoy an art lesson.

75.  Attend CFY’s Summer programming!  Activities are fun and free!!  To find our summer calendar visit www.cfyprograms.com or call Jenn Sedor at 453-2666.

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