Summer is here and you’re probably planning what to do with the family over the next few months. While this can be a great time to get the kids involved in a camp or plan a trip, there’s also a lot of fun and memories that can be made around the house. Simply getting outside and enjoying your yard or the neighborhood is a great frugal way to spend moments of your summer as well.
I’ve personally been browsing on Amazon for a lot of affordable ideas to keep myself and the kids busy and entertained this summer. So, here are my top 7 best Amazon buys for summer frugal family fun.
1. Splash Pad For Toddlers
If you have young children, you might have taken them to a public splash pad before on a hot day. This portable and inflatable splash pad for toddlers is 67″ long and kids will love it. If the kids are looking for something fun to do in the yard, this $20 splash pad will keep them entertained for hours.
You can adjust the spray height by turning the pressure of your water hose up and down. Make some homemade popsicles and host an entire outdoor water play day in your own yard.
2. Inflatable Pool
In 2020 pools weren’t open and inflatable pools likely came in handy for most families. Now that things are opening back up, you may be able to visit your local pool or waterpark. Still, those fees can add up quickly for the entire family. Unless you’re buying a seasonal pool pass, you may be better off getting your own inflatable outdoor pool for the family to enjoy right at home. Amazon has some nice-quality inflatable pool options starting at just $60.
This pool is 118″ x 69″ x 21″ and large enough to fit up to 2 adults and 4 children. Out of 1,300 reviews, it has a solid 5-stars and lots of video reviews available so you exactly how it functions and how durable the material is.
3. Foam Blaster Water Guns
Nothing says summer frugal family fun like a water gunfight. These Foam Blaster Water Guns on Amazon are under $10 and you get 6 in a pack. They look small, but they can shoot water up to an impressive 30 ft.
4. Cornhole Game
Cornhole is a popular tailgating and BBQ game. However, the real wooden boards are pretty expensive if you want to own your own gaming set. I found this portable and collapsable corn hold game set on Amazon for just $24. This is the perfect game to break out when you’re having a BBQ or just looking to enjoy the warm day. There are no tools required and it’s an easy set-up process.
If you’re looking for something a little more sturdy, I’d recommend this portable cornhole game set made with PVC piping for just $32. It’s easy to assemble and comes with a bad that makes it easy to bring the game along with you whether you’re camping or stopping by a backyard party.
5. Badminton Rackets
Last year, we got a badminton set and did not regret it. Badminton is a fun and easy game for people of all ages and the perfect activity to add to your summer frugal family fun list. This kit comes with 4 rackets, 2 birdies, and a net for just $30. You can take this game to the park to play with the kids, or have an adults-only game.
Even if someone in your family doesn’t know how to play, they will learn and improve their skills during the summer.
6. ‘Go Find It’ Scavenger Hunt Game
If your family loves scavenger hunt games, this is a fun one. You can take this game to your backyard, a park, or even a hiking trail. Kids will love it even during road trips where you may be looking to bust boredom.
7. Movie Projector and Screen
Want to host your own outdoor movie night this summer? This outdoor movie projector and screen is the perfect price and can sync to your smartphone and WiFi connection to stream videos. Out of more than 2,000 Amazon reviews, this movie projector has a 4.5-star rating. People say it’s easy to set up and works with many devices. If you’re going to use it outdoors, just make sure you wait for the sun to set fully before turning it on or the visual will not show up well.
This is still a great way to have weekly outdoor movies in your backyard for the summer. You can pop popcorn after dinner or even start up the fire pit and let everyone roast marshmallows.
Summary – Frugal Family Fun Awaits This Summer
When summer rolls around, it does not mean that you have to overspend or take your family on tons of lavish trips. Instead, if you’re on a budget this year, focus on bonding together over fun activities and moments that don’t have to cost much at all.
Consider checking out some of these activities and items for frugal family fun this summer and prioritize making lasting memories with loved ones.