Summer is here in all its glory and with that comes long days of play and memory-making. Living in a city like Los Angeles and the surrounding areas offers so many opportunities to keep your kids engaged all summer long without having to spend the big bucks since there are so many things to do for free.
I asked 16 Los Angeles and Orange County mom bloggers to share with all of us their top fun and free activities to do with kids during the summer. This true and tested list includes movies, beach, hikes, museums, concerts and more and you will surely want to bookmark it to keep as a reference when planning your summer days.
If you’re curious as to what my family’s top free summer activities are, here’s my short list that weren’t already mentioned and included in the slide show below.
#1. Big! World! Fun! Family Series at the Ford Theatres. Children are free and adults pay only $5 for a free outdoor concert, arts and craft in a classic Hollywood setting. Every other Saturday starting at 10am the Ford offers an hour-long music, dance or theatre performance with sights and sounds from all over the world.
#2. The LACMA (Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Arts) has a youth program called NexGen where all children 0-18 receive a badge to enter the museum for free. The cool thing is that they can bring one adult with them for free! Every Sunday is Andell Family Sundays where the kids can engage in free arts and crafts and then peruse the exhibits with their adult.
#3. Wading pools! We always mark in our calendars the day when our local wading pools open up because it’s such an easy way to get some water play on, hangout at the park and maybe even pack a picnic with friends. More L.A. area wading pools can be found here.
I’m sure all cities in the U.S. offer amazing fun and free activities for families during the summer. The best way to find out and stay up-to-date with the happenings around your city is to do an online search and subscribe to those local blogs that offer activities information. Another tip is to Like on Facebook the museums, local parks, blogs, sites, etc that offer activities information and place them all on a special List so you can go straight there when you’re planning your week.
Some sites covering many cities you can check out are:
Los Angeles and O.C. mom bloggers share their favorite fun and free summer activities to do with kids
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