With the school year coming to an end, parents and kids are looking for quite literally ANYTHING to do to get out of the house. While some of these ideas are free, some are not - but remember that you are paying for the experience and it is worth every penny!

1. Go swimming at the lake -

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Most lakes are free to the public and not too far from your home. Gather up some friends, pack a lunch, and have fun soaking in the sun and splashing in the water for the day.


2. Go camping with friends or family -

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Usually rustic camping is cheaper than "glamping". While glamping can be nice (having plumbing and electricity) sometimes it's nice to just enjoy the great outdoors and not worry about social media.


3. Go to the zoo -

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Costs can range but who doesn't want to spend the day seeing animals? As someone who works with a zoo, I can guarantee you that you won't be bored seeing animals you don't get to see everyday in your backyard.


4. Go to a museum -

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Some are free due to them being nonprofit organizations, but others are not. Many museums do offer different activities or events depending on the month. If you are a fan of history I highly suggest checking out one no matter how big or small.


5. Go to the park -

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Toss a frisbee, have a bbq, the possibilities are endless!


6. Have a bonfire -

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Tell scary stories and roast some s'mores!


7. Go on a hike -

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Fresh air and exercise always go hand in hand...just don't get lost!


8. Go fishing -

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If you are a fan of the sport, fishing is always a great way to spend the day with family and friends on the lake.


9. Sleep on the trampoline -

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If you have a trampoline, one of the most fun things to do in the summer is sleep on in with your friends in sleeping bags - it's like camping outside on a really weird mattress.


10. Go to a drive in theatre -

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Sitting in your car with family or friends watching a movie is always a trip to remember. While it might not be the most comfortable, it still is super fun.

I hope your summer is a blast! Don't forget to put on bug spray and lather up on sunscreen!