74 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Kids are home from camp and they might be getting a little bored. Be prepared to fight off boredom with this awesome list of 74 FREE summer activities for kids.

1. Go on a picnic

2. Go to your local farmer's market
3. Play with bubbles
4. Draw with sidewalk chalk
5. Run through the sprinkler
6. Visit local nature preserve
7. Find figures in the clouds
8. Play in the kiddie pool
9 Find local free museum days
10 Go on a hike
11. Water the plants
12. Start a nature journal
13. Set up your tent and have a camp out in the backyard- pretend like it's still summer camp
14. Go on a bike ride
15. Make s'mores
16. Visit the local pool
17. Play restaurant. Have the kids "make" lunch
18 Go on a scavenger hunt
19. Search for animal tracks
20. Host a movie marathon 
21. Fly a kite
22. Plant a garden (or anything)
23. Play beach volleyball
24. Make a craft from Pinterest
25. Create a scrapbook from all your camp photos
26. Pick flowers
27. Teach your kids to cook one of their favorite dishes
28. Eat dinner outside
29. Have a yard sale
30. Go fishing
31. Build a Lego castle
32. Watch the sun set
33. Play cards
34. Try a new recipe
35. Tell ghost stories
36. Visit the grandparents
37. Play soccer
38 Play dress up
39.Visit the local fire station
40. Swing. Get really high and jump out
41. Lay in the grass
42. Create an obstacle course
43. Catch fireflies (or butterflies)
44 Find a local water play park
45. Make popsicles
46. Melt crayons or ice in the sun
47. Have a water fight
48. Learn origami
49. Donate old books and toys
50. Play rock paper scissors
51. Play I spy
52. See who can spit a watermelon seed farthest
53. Play Simon Says
54. Have a sleepover
55. Make your own book
56 Create a chore chart
57. Take pictures
58. Play catch
59. Learn about different countries
60. Have a pillow fight
61. Make up each other's hair
62. Skip rocks
63. Craft your own musical instruments
64. Find figures in the clouds
65. Create a memory jar
66 Play kick ball (make up your own rules)
67. Swing in a hammock
68. Nap
69. Put on a fashion show
70. Play hide and go seek (or sardines)
71. Visit a lake or river
72. Make paper boats; sail them down a stream
73. Learn about your family's history
74. Learn how to juggle

For more free activities,see the full blog post! http://www.thejennyevolution.com/free-summer-activities-kids/

Back to School: Best New Takes on a Camper Lunchbox Classic

Camp season has flown by! While we are sad to see the best time of the year come to a close, we know another adventure for campers is coming up- a brand new school year!

Seeing old classmates and meeting new friends, new classes, new teachers, and new schedules are sure to give your camper an appetite! Now it's time to refuel and a great go-to meal is the nutty, gooey, sweet, wholesome, and satisfying peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We are fans of the good-old-fashioned  PB&J sandwich, but did you know there are other ways to use this delicious combo? Behold: 10 Delicious News Takes on the PB&J.

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April Camp Deals

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We have hand picked camp deals just for you from all over the United States, categorized by major regions. 

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iD Tech
Over 80 Campuses
Unlock your internalDrive & use 21st century skills to transform interests into projects of your own.
  • Sibling Discount: Save $50 on each additional sibling
  • Multi-Week Discount: Save $50 on each additional week
  • Refer a Friend: $50/$50: You get $50 and so does your friend
Emagination Computer Camps
MA, CT, PA, GA, IL
Hosting a variety of computer, gaming, and technology camps at multiple levels and activities to fit your campers needs!
  • Multi-Session:Save $75 to $225 on overnight or day camp when you register for 2 sessions or more
Advantage Basketball
Variety of Locations in USA
Nationally recognized as one of the Top ball handling camps in the world, and was named by sports illustrated as one of the top camps in the country.
  • Early Bird: Enroll by your desired location's deadline & Save up to $30

West

Vancouver, WA &
Portland and Beaverton,OR

Exciting and fun day camps for actors with two different themed sessions: "Heroes and Villains" or "Route 66".
  • First Time Family: First time families get $25 off registration when they enter "FirstJourney" in the discount code field.
Mountain Meadow is a traditional, co-ed summer camp in a ranch environment, offering dozens of exciting camp activities to choose from for the last 58 summers.
  • Early Bird: Save $100 when you enroll by 4/30/14
Sponsored by Nike and rated as one of the Top 50 Junior Programs in the Country by U.S. Kids Golf, RedTail's Junior Golf Camps are the perfect summer experience for your 5-17 year old.
  • Multi-Session Discount: Get $30 off each additional session

Midwest

A Christian summer camp with great traditional summer camp activities led by counselors that have a real interest in helping your child grow socially, spiritually and physically.
  • Tiered Pricing: Choose the price tier that fits your family's needs
Camp Anokijig
Plymouth, WI
Recognized for excellence in camping for 88 years, Camp  Anokijig has built a history and rich tradition of offering youth experiences that will last a lifetime.
  • Early Bird Discount: Save $25 when you enroll by 5/1/14
Cheley Colorado Camps
Estes Park, CO

A summer at Cheley Colorado Camps means spending your summer hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Wake up each morning to freshmountain air, & views of peaks that soar to 14,000 feet.
  • Sibling Discount: Siblings save $150 on their enrollment



South

Beautiful, well-maintained facilities on over 100 acres along the Guadalupe River. Over 35 fun activities to choose from; comfortable rock cabins with 4:1 camper-counselor ratio; tasty, home-cooked meals.
  • Sibling Discount: Save 5% on each additional siblings enrollment
Camp Sagemont
Weston, FL
Our camp provides a FUN, SAFE and family environment, where relationships are built and encouraged between our staff and campers resulting in a one of a kind camp experience.
  • Multi-Session Discount: Get $25 off each week when you enroll in 4 sessions or more
Whether it's learning a new and exciting skill, exploring outdoors, or preparing for the upcoming academic year, Hammond has a program for all ages and interest
  • Get $25 off the Passport to Columbia Summer Program when you enter promo code "Passport"
  • Get your registration fee waived for Hawk Ridge Full Day Camp using promo code "hawkridge"
  • Get $15 off any Kids FUN Nights using promo code "KIDSFUN"
  • Get $10 off Pre- or After Extended Camp Program using promo code "EXCAMP"

Northeast

Lake Greeley Camp
Greeley, PA
A traditional, residential, co-ed camp nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania on 250 picturesque acres, including our very own 50 acre lake. We are a family owned and operated camp specializing in first time campers for more than 50 years..
  • Early Bird: Save $400-$800 when you enroll by 4/30/14
C3 Cyber Club
Ashburn, VA
Kids get fun educational computer classes in Minecraft programming, game design, robotics, and many more. Our full day camp includes daily field trips to kid friendly venues such as the  water park and movie theatre.
  • Sibling Discount: Each additional sibling gets 10% off their enrollment
Camp Half Moon
Monterey, MA
Traditional Sleepover Camp experience as well as a day camp program for younger campers. Our camp is a delightful and rewarding experience for children of all ages.
  • Get 50% off Preseason Rookie Camp taking place June 22- June 28
KidzArt Camps
Over 38 Locations
Our KidzArt education can start as young as 2 with our Squiggles to Grins Mommy and Me Program. We also have special programs for preschool, elementary school, TeenzArt™ and SeniorzArt™
  • Discounts vary by location. Check your local KidzArt for early bird, sibling, and other promotions.
eCamps Sports Network
Over 150 Locations
eCamps Sports Network hosts a wide variety of nationally acclaimed sports camps ranging from lacrosse, tennis, softball, waterpolo, swimming, rugby, and more!
  • Promotion Code: Save $50 on any eCamps Sports Network's camps when you use coupon code "SPRINGFLING" before 5/15/14 
Wilson Collegiate Tennis
Over 19 Locations
Excellent preparation for anyone interested in participating in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis, or USTA tournaments or leagues.
  • Group Discount: Save $25-$40 per camper when you enroll 6 or more campers

West

Alexa Cafe for Girls
Palo Alto, CA
Girls ages 10-14 kick-start their own 1-for-1 social movement, discovering coding, design, leadership, philanthropy, and more.
  • Refer-a-Friend: Refer a friend to any iD Tech Camp & you'll both receive $50 off
  • Sibling Discount: Save $50 on each additional sibling
  • Multi-Week Discount: Save $50 on each additional week
Big Lake Youth Camp
Sisters, OR
Building relationships, learning new skills, and having fun in a positive environment has been Big Lake's goal since 1962. Each summer our carefully selected staff lead hundreds of young people from over 15 countries.
  • Early Bird: Get $25 off when you pay in full by 6/1/14
  • Online Discount: Get $5 off when your enroll online by 6/1/14
Hidden Valley Camp
Granite Falls, WA

A traditional co-ed sleepaway summer camp for children ages 7 to 16 providing a rustic camp experience in a marvelous natural setting.
  • Referral Discount: Refer a new camper and Save $50 on your enrollment

Midwest

A creative curriculum of Jewish history and Hebrew from a Reform Jewish prospective. In addition, our program is a mix of sports, arts, social events and special outings
  • Grants: Receive grants for up to $1,800 from local Jewish Foundations

YMCA Camp Matawa
Campbellsport, WI
Provides a welcoming atmosphere and a sense of home through its dedication to quality programming, outstanding service and inclusion. The exceptional staff and diverse programs at Matawa foster positive relationships, build character and create lifelong memories.
  • Tiered Pricing: Choose the price tier that fits your family's needs for overnight camp 
Time in the outdoors that gives your child the chance to experience fun activities with new friends
  • Early Bird: Save up to $20 when you register by 5/4/14

South

Camp Juliette Low
Cloudland, GA
Camp Juliette Low is a private, non-profit summer camp for girls ages 7 to 17, accredited by the American Camp Association.
  • Refer-a-Friend: Get $50 off for each new camper you refer
Kamp Hollywood
Dallas, TX
One of the nation's first moviemaking summer camps for young people. KH offers summer fun integrating both acting and film production.
  • Early Bird: Sign up by 7/1/14 and get 25% off
Doe River Gorge
Hampton, TN
An amazing place of adventure, freedom in choices, and a place where lasting friendships are born.
  • Discount Code: Get $100 off until 8/1/14 when you enter MYCAMP2014

Northeast

Lakeside Day Camp
Cockeysville, MD
Operating since 1972, Lakeside Day Camp is an exciting outdoor camp with flexible scheduling.
  • Refer a Friend: Refer a first-time camper and get $10 in Padonia Bucks which may be used for purchases at the Grille 
PlayByPlay
PA, MD, NJ, MA, & other US Locations
Do you have dreams of being a sports anchor or sports journalist? PlayByPlay is a place where you can make these dreams come true.
  • MySummerCamps Discount: Get $50 off when you mention us!
YMCA Camp Hi-Rock
Mount Washington, MA
Traditional coed sleep-away camp nestled among more than 1,000 protected acres of forest in the Berkshire Mountains in the southwest corner of Massachusetts.
  • Tiered Pricing: Choose the price tier that fits your family's needs
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We have hand picked 30 great camp deals just for you from all over the United States, categorized by major regions. 

We want to take a load off you and help you save on camp, so be on the look out for the MySummerCamp's Camp Deals newsletter!

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iD Tech
Over 80 Campuses
Unlock your internalDrive & use 21st century skills to transform interests into projects of your own.
  • Sibling Discount: Save $50 on each additional sibling
  • Multi-Week Discount: Save $50 on each additional week
  • Refer a Friend: $50/$50: You get $50 and so does your friend
Digital Media Academy
Over 20 Locations
Critically acclaimed computer and digital media camp. that has been featured in New York Times & Nintendo Power magazine.
  • Early Bird: Register and pay in full by 4/1/14 & Save $50
Camp Invention
Over 49 Locations
Take part in activities such as assembling a Duck Chucking Device and learn about popular games played around the globe.
  • Early Bird: Register by 3/28/14 & Save $25

West

Running Springs, CA
All-inclusive summer camp experience, where campers choose their own summer adventure!
  • Sibling Discount: Get 5% off an addtional sibling that enrolls
  • Early Bird: Get 5% off when you enroll by 3/21/14
Camp Kalsman
Arlington, WA
 Campers experience Jewish culture and tradition while in a safe, challenging and fun environment.
  • Sibling Discount: Get $50 off each addtional sibling
Loads of fun interactive activities designed to offer your camper a wide variety of organized recreational and educational excitement.
  • Early Bird: Get $35 off when you register by 4/21/14



Midwest

Christian Youth Theater
Overland Park, KS
An after-school theater arts program dedicated to developing character  in children & adults ages 4-18.
  • Sibling Discount: Get $10 off sibling enrollment
  • Early Bird: Save $10 when you enroll by 4/14/14
Catch the spirit of the French Voyageurs who carried the fur trade in big birch bark canoes from Montreal & Lake Superior.
  • Sibling Discount: Get $100 off a 4-week session for additional siblings
Located in Manistee National Forest on beautiful Big Blue Lake, Camp Pendalouan is a place where imagination & adventure have come alive for the last 90 years.
  • Multi-session: Save $45 on each additional session
  • Sibling Discount: Save $45 on each additional siblings enrollment


South

Focuses on creative thinking and problem solving in an interactive, fun, and close-knit environment.
  • Early Bird: Lock In Your Price- Save $44 when you register by 3/31/14
Club Scientific
GA, TX, KY, MD
A day camp that is designed to offer children a choice of many different science themes.
  • Sibling Discount: $10 off per additional sibling
High-speed adventure for young men and women ages 13-18.
  • Discount Code: Get 10% off when you use discount code MEGA-HOOAH! Expires 3/30/14

Northeast

Camp Hilltop
Hancock, NY
A traditional overnight camp located in the Catskill Region of New York State founded in family values.
  • First Time Camper: Save $100 per week if you're a first-time camper at Hilltop
Camp Walden
Diamond Point, NY
Campers get the opportunity to excel  in sports, the arts, theater and most importantly, in life. Our goal is that they enjoy the greatest summer...every summer.
  • Sibling Discount: Each additional sibling enrolled gets $425 for full summer or $275 for first or second session
  • Referral Discount: For each camper you refer that completes their first year of camp you get $500 for full summer  or $400 for a session
The nation's first on-camera acting curriculum developed for teens and young adults. Winner of three Backstage "Reader's Choice" awards.
  • Save $100 to $125 on August Conservatory when you enroll by 4/15/14
  • Early Bird: Get $50 to $100 off July Conservatory when you enroll by 4/15/14
  • Early Bird: Get $150 off June Intensive when you enroll by 4/15/14

GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps
Over 47 Locations
Become a better lacrosse player with the best coaches in the game.
  • Group Discount: Save $25 per camper for groups of 5-9
  • Group Discount: Save $35 per camper for groups of 10 or more
Active Learning Services
Over 75 Locations
Provides several camp options, all designed to stimulate creative thinking, improve logic and memory skills.
  • Group Discount: Save $20 per camper when you enroll 5 or more campers together
Wilson Collegiate Tennis
Over 19 Locations
Excellent preparation for anyone interested in participating in middle school, high school, USTA team tennis, or USTA tournaments or leagues.
  • Group Discount: Save $25-$40 per camper when you enroll 6 or more campers

West

DigiPen Project FUN
Redmond, WA
Campers engage in arts and sciences by immersing them in tools and techniques of today's high-tech careers.
  • Preview Day Discount: Attend a preview day session & receive $100 off
  • Refer-a-Friend: Get $25 off for each friend you refer
  • Loyalty Discount: Get $150 off if you have taken a summer workshop in the past
Spend the summer dancing, making new friends & having a BLAST!
  • Early Bird: Get 5% off when you enroll by 4/30/14
Providing fun with a purpose: to foster personal growth of each camper in a happy, unregimented setting.
  • Sibling Discount: Save $80 to $160 when you enroll a sibling

Midwest

Camp Pillsbury
Owatonna, MN
Fully elective program with strong offerings in Theatre, Circus, Music, Dance, Sports, and so much more.
  • Multi-Session Discount: Get 10% off if 4 or more 2-week sessions are booked

Camp Kupugani
Leaf River, IL
Featuring both boys and girls camps focusing on empowerment in a fun atmosphere.
  • Referral Credit: For each friend referred split credit equal to 5% of total tuition
  • Sibling Discount: Get a 10% discount for each additional sibling enrolled
Time in the outdoors that gives your child the chance to experience fun activities with new friends
  • Early Bird: Save up to $20 when you register by 5/4/14

South

Camp Stewart
Hunt, TX
Privately owned, Christian-oriented, non-denominational camp for boys ages 6 -16.
  • Pay with Cash or Check and Save $90- $165
Camp Dixie
Clayton, GA
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Camp Dixie is one of the south's oldest private camps established in 1914.
  • Early Bird: Enroll by 4/1/14 and save $25
Doe River Gorge
Hampton, TN
An amazing place of adventure, freedom in choices, and a place where lasting friendships are born.
  • Discount Code: Get $100 off until 8/1/14 when you enter MYCAMP2014

Northeast

Camp Lohikan
Lake Como, PA
Providing a safe, nurturing camp environment where kids are encouraged to learn new things since 1957.
  • First Time Camper: Save up to $1,150 when you enroll campers entering 7th grade and younger
  • First Time Camper: Save up to $1,000 when you enroll campers entering 8th, 9th, or 10th grades
  • Sibling Discount: Enroll 2 or more children and get credited $200 for each additional sibling
PlayByPlay
PA, MD, NJ, MA, & other US Locations
Do you have dreams of being a sports anchor or sports journalist? PlayByPlay is a place where you can make these dreams come true.
  • MySummerCamps Discount: Get $50 off when you mention us!
Backpack trips into the mountains, white water rafting, sailing, rock climbing, organic farming, horseback riding, & building confidence in new skills.
  • Referral Discount: Get 5% off your tuition for each camper you refer from a different family
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Pick the Perfect Summer Camp With These 3 Tips

It might be hard to imagine with the harsh winter weather that's been slamming the US, but summer time will be here before we know it! Summer time means summer camp and that's where we come in to save the day! Here are a few tips for picking a summer camp that will make both parent and camper happy.

Tip #1: Early Bird Catches the Worm!

Start looking for camp at least few months early, which means, right now!

This is for a few reasons:

First, you can capitalize on early bird discounts.

Second, you'll have a wider variety of camps to choose from because it will be less likely that the camp is already full. This is especially important if you're looking at popular camps.

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Third, you will have time to visit the camp and speak with camp directors. Sometimes a website or brochure can't give you the true feel for the camp it's promoting, so seeing things first-hand will make you more comfortable with your choice.

 Lastly, you will have more time to plan and find a camp that fits your schedule. For most families, camp is a necessity because both parents work and have a busy lifestyle.

Tip #2: Not Sure of What Camp to Choose? Ask Your Camper!

Asking your child what kind of camp they would like to attend will help narrow down the search. This will save you time, and also make your camper happier when they attend the camp of their dreams.

Tip #3: Use MySummerCamps.com search tool to find the perfect camp:

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Now that you have done your research- find your camp! Our improved search tool on our homepage will make finding camp a breeze. You can search by location, activity, type of camp, keyword, or choose from our pre-set categories. We've made improvements over the last few months so that things will be easier for you to find the perfect camp. We hope that our improvements serve you well!

5 Ways to Save on Summer Camp: "Camperships" & Discounts

If you're worried about whether you'll be able to afford to send your kids to camp this summer, we've got some solutions for you! Luckily, there are people out there who are passionate about summer camp and have come up with resources to help families send their kids to camp.

One thing to remember: act quickly and act early because discounts, "camperships" and deals can be limited on a first-come, first-served basis!

campcayuga.jpg1. The first place to check for camperships or discounts is with the camp director. Contact the director of your desired camp, and ask them if the camp provides options for families who need some support. According to the American Camp Association, nearly 90% of camps offer some type of campership. It's also good to keep in mind that camp directors are often happy to lend help or suggest outside sponsors who give special camperships to their specific camp.

2. Seek out service organizations in your community such as your local Rotary International Club. There are thousands of local service organizations that host camps, or sponsor children to go to camp. Our marketing coordinator at MySummerCamps.com received a full campership in high school through her local Rotary Club.

rotary.jpg3. Early bird discounts! Many camps offer an early bird discount to those who register for camp early.

4. Check discount sites such as Groupon, Livingsocial, and Camperships.com. As a means to get more local customers, camps and classes are posting deals on discount sites.

 camperships.jpg5. Sign-up for MySummerCamps newsletter. Each month, we send out a newsletter which includes exclusive deals from camps. E-mail us at info@mysummercamps.com to subscribe!

campdeals.jpgSo let's get started! A little bit of research early on can give you peace of mind when summer time comes around, and will also give your child a great opportunity.

13 Summer Camp Movies That You Must See

We all know what a fun, exciting, rewarding experience summer camp can be- even Hollywood can't ignore it! Movies about summer camp inspire us to reminisce about summers past, and also get us pumped up for summers to come. While some might be a little far-fetched, they all depict an experience that has become a rite of passage for all. Check out this list of summer camp movies- can you find your favorite?

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Unique Winter Craft For Kids

During the cold winter months, sometimes the weather can make it difficult to enjoy the outdoors!  This craft will give you and your kids the opportunity to get outside for a minute to collect the pieces you want for your masterpiece. We found this neat craft idea from a blog called "ordinary life magic"- it's a pretty cool idea, and will make for a unique outdoor holiday decoration!

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Camp Kimama

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More than just a summer camp, Camp Kimama Carmel will introduce your child to multiple cultures and languages and offer real, long-lasting friendships with Jewish children from around the world! Here, kids strengthen their independence, leadership skills, and personal development.  And oh yes--deepen their bond and love for Israel!

Each year for the past decade, Camp Kimama has hosted thousands of kids ages 6-18 from 40 countries around the world!
Kimama Carmel, at the foot of the Carmel Mountain, offers a combination of sociol and educational activities and professional tracks: Dog training, Self-Empowerment through surfing, Dog Training and Styling and Fashion Culture.

Read more about Camp Kimama here!



Send Your Child a Care Package!

If your child is staying at an overnight camp, sending them a care package can be a great way to comfort your camper if they are feeling homesick.  Your camper will be pleasantly surprised to receive a care package with some of their favorite things!  Here are some tips on what to pack:

  • Send their favorite dry snack such as chips, cookies or snack bars
  • Avoid sending any liquid items to ensure that other items in the care package will stay dry
  • Send puzzles, cards or other fun games
  • Send a new book
  • Only send shelf-stable food items.  Avoid sending items that may spoil during the shipping process
  • Send a favorite shirt, sweatshirt or other piece of clothing that they may have forgotten to pack
  • Send their favorite stuffed animal
  • Camp Parents suggest sending glow sticks and bubbles

There is also always the option to purchase a pre-filled care package.  There are several companies that sell pre-filled care packages as well as custom made ones that can be tailored to your camper's needs.  Send a care package to  your camper today!