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The Ultimate Kids Summer Bucket List

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by Candice Milner (subscribe)
I'm a mum of two with a love of writing. You can check out my blog at
Published September 6th 2018
Cheap School Holiday Boredom Busters
Free or low cost activities to do over the summer holidays to stop the dreaded "I'm Bored Syndrome".

Now that spring is here it won't be long before summer will be arriving, and with it the summer school holidays.

And with that comes something that many parents dread. The many, many choruses of "I'm bored", or "there's nothing to do".

Let's face it. Keeping kids occupied over the school holidays can become incredibly expensive.

If you aren't looking forward to going into debt entertaining your kids over the holidays, then look no further. Here are plenty of free or low-cost things to do that should be on every child's Summer Bucket List

Spend a day at the beach

Who doesn't love the beach? In Australia, we have some of the best beaches in the world. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, going for a dip, chasing waves or building sandcastles.

Visit your local library

Libraries often have free or low-cost activities for children over the school holidays. It's worth checking out what they have going on. It's also a great time to check out some books and find some new favourites.

Have a play at a park

Parks are great for burning off some extra energy and getting outdoors. Visiting a new park can be a whole different experience. And there are so many to discover and explore.

Here's a few you could try if you're looking for somewhere new.

Glen Forrest Train Park

Glen Forrest Train Park Western Australia
Glen Forrest Train Park

Cantwell Park

Cantwell Park Western Australia
Cantwell Park

Kwinana Adventure Park

Kwinana Adventure Park Western Australia
Kwinana Adventure Park

Quarry Adventure Park

Kingsway Dinosaur Park

Go fly a kite

Flying a kite is so much fun. And great for everyone to have a go. Also great for burning off some extra energy.

Scavenger hunt

It's easy to make a list for each child and see who can find their objects the quickest, or who can find the most in a set amount of time.

Have a splash at your local pool

On a hot day, it can be great to get away and have a refreshing dip and get out of the heat for a while.

Go for a picnic or barbecue

Grab some food and head out for a picnic or barbecue. There are heaps of places to try. You can even have a swim or play at a park while you're there.

Watch the sunset

Go out in the evening and watch as the sun goes down and the orange and red tones light up the sky. It can be absolutely breathtaking.

Go for a bush walk

There are some amazing bushwalking trails around. It's great to go somewhere different and get back to nature. You can see plenty of things you won't see anywhere else. Always make sure you know where you're going. And don't forget your hat, water bottle and some good walking shoes.

Ride your bike

Get out and explore the world around you. There are heaps of places to visit. Try and see how many you can get to.

Put on some music and dance

A great way to burn some energy and have some fun. See if you can come up with some funny moves or even bring back some old ones.

Play dress ups

Who doesn't love dressing up and playing pretend? You can buy cheap dress-up pieces or accessories, or make your own. You can be whoever or whatever you want.

Do some baking

A lot of kids will love to help with baking. Make an old favourite, find a new recipe or grab a packet mix and bake away.

Take some photos

Grab your phone or camera, get out and about and take some snaps. Go somewhere different. Pull some funny faces. See how many different colour or shapes you can find.

Go camping

Heaps of kids love camping. Grab your tent and book in for a night or two somewhere. Or if you can't get away, you could set up a tent in your backyard, (or in your lounge room if you prefer).


If you don't have an origami book, you can look online to find some great origami patterns from simple to more elaborate. It's always fun to give it a go.

Chalk drawings

Get some chalk and write or draw on the pavement outside. Draw roads on the ground and make an elaborate city.

Go to a drive in

Galaxy Drive-In in Kingsley is still operating. You can check ou for more details.

Grow a vegetable garden

Keep the kids busy in the garden growing their own vegetables or herbs. It can be exciting seeing those first sprouts and seeing how much they grow.

Build a cubby or hideaway

Find some cardboard boxes, blankets or move some furniture around to make a little cubby hideaway. Building and playing with it should keep the kids busy for hours.

Hopefully, there are some great ideas here you love so when you hear the dreaded, "I'm bored," you'll have an idea for something to do that won't break the bank.
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