15 Inexpensive Family Summer Activities to Cure Boredom Blues

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School’s just ended and you’re already hearing cries of “we’re bored”?.

Well, Burlington has 15 super-affordable, super-fun activities to do with your kids all summer long. Not only will they keep everyone entertained, but these family activities will also spark creativity and many, many happy memories.

Ready to get your summer on? Let’s go!


Mom and daugher on bed with curlers in their hair painting their toes with nail polish

1. ENJOY A SPA DAY

From pedicures to facials, an impromptu spa day is a great way to reconnect and relax. And Burlington is loaded with all the latest nail polish colors, makeup tools, lotions and more at a fraction of the price.

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Mom and kid blowing bubbles

2. BLOW BUBBLES

Bubbles bring out the kid in all of us. How many can your little ones catch before they pop?


Kids in tent in backyard of house

3. CAMP OUT

Grab your sleeping bags and some cute pajamas and turn your backyard into a fun getaway gazing at the sky. See a shooting star? Make a family wish. Then, tell ghost stories and serve some s’mores. Too hot out? Camp in by taking your adventure indoors.

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Little boy with water gun

4. GET SOAKED

When the heat’s on, challenge your kids to an epic water battle with water guns. A most excellent way to cool off.

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Dad having a tea party with his daughter

5. HOST A TEA PARTY

Create invitations, set your table and sit down to some tea. Give PB&J an upscale twist by using cookie cutters to create fun little finger sandwiches.

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Girls strawberry picking

6. PICK YOUR OWN…WHATEVER

Find a local farm and pick fresh strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes (you get the idea!).


Food on a plat on a picnic blanket

7. PLAN A PICNIC

In the dog days of summer, take the fun indoors with a picnic right in your family room. Spread a blanket or beach towel on the floor. Grab some colorful, shatter-resistant melamine plates and cups and enjoy some good food…and company.

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Girl watering plants

8. GO GREEN

Grow some veggies…then eat them. Or plant a butterfly garden and watch the butterflies flutter by. Later on, you can press summer flowers and make works of art.


Family running through sprinkler

9. RUN THROUGH THE SPRINKLER

Old school? Sure. But good ol’ fashioned fun like this never goes out of style. Plus, setup only takes seconds.

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Mom, Dad, son and daughter walking around with a map

10. GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT

Sure to keep ‘em busy and entertained whether indoors or out.


Kids making a sand castle at the beach

11. DIG IN THE SAND

At the beach or by the lake? Choose your destination and watch the fun ensue.

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Dad baking with kid

12. HAVE A BAKE-OFF

Bake up some tasty cupcakes and let kids put their decorating talents to the test. Don’t want to heat up the kitchen? Make your very own DIY popsicles.

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Girl standing in front of a chalkboard

13. PAINT A CHALKBOARD WALL

Now your little artists can create their masterpieces without worry.


Girls selling lemonade at a lemonade spend

14. DO SOME GOOD

Choose the charity you want to help, whip up some fresh lemonade, make a lemonade stand…and you’re open for business!

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Kids playing outside on the grass

15. THINK FREE

Take a free kid's workshop at your local hardware store. Or check out your town’s activities (don’t forget the library!) for free summer concerts, festivals and more the whole family can enjoy.

Did your favorite summer family activity top this list? For even more ways to make this summer your best ever, head to your Burlington store or online – and save up to 65% off other retailers’ prices every day.

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  • Joanna Haritos |

    I love the chalkboard wall idea.

  • Jim |

    Thanks for the tips! Our family will definitely be doing at least a few of these this summer!

  • Jeff |

    Go Green is a great one! We love to go to the Lake and swim and BBQ.