Summer Activities For Kids On a Budget

June 6, 2022

It’s sweet summer time and that means the kids are out of school and parents everywhere are looking for things to do. If you are local to Orlando or stopping by for a visits check out these budget friendly summer activists for kids around Central Florida. While the water activities are local to Florida the other programs are nationwide!

We’re a family of six and I’ve learned over the years that it can be hard to please everyone. However, thanks to these budget friendly activities you can plan more and find a little bit of something for everyone. While these are local to Orlando most of these amazing ideas can be found pretty much anywhere so make sure to check around you!

Rock Springs Kelly Park

If you are in florida there is no doubt you will be able to find a local spring near you. This one has been a personal favorite since I was a kid and I’m positive your family will love it too.

Here’s a few things to know:

  • $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes. No pets and no alcohol
  • Open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m however if you plan on coming on the weekend you need to be in line by 630-7 to make it in the park.
  • For more information head to their website here.

Regal Summer Movie Express

This is my first year learning out Regal’s summer program and I have to say its awesome! They have a lot of great kid friendly movies at a great price. Click here for more information on this program

If you don’t have a Regal near you then make sure to look for local dollar theaters or if you closest theater has a half price movie day. For us it’s typically Tuesday’s but obviously this summer we are going to enjoy this new program.

Summer Family Bowling

Bowling is on of our favorite summer family activities and when it comes to both of these programs they are great. I‘ll let you decide which program is best for you because in the end you cant go wrong!

Bowlero Summer Games Season Pass

  • 3 Games & shoe rental everyday of the summer
  • Additional arcade card available for $19.95- this can be added on at time of your member ship
  • Upgrade available to bowl at any participating locations
  • ( Upgraded pricing) Adult $78.95 each, kids $50.95

Kids Bowl Free

  • 2 Games Monday- Saturday
  • Shoe rental required, typically around $4 each
  • Only available at location purchased for
  • One time fee of $35 which includes 2 adults and 4 kids

They both offer basically the same thing it just depends on what you are looking to do. If you enjoy traveling I recommend the Bowlero package because they have a lot of locations but if you are like us and don’t mind the same place at a great price Kids Bowl Free might just be for you. You can get more information here : Bowlero Summer Games & Kids Bowl Free .

Florida Beaches

Theres a few things to know what it comes to our beach’s so I’ll try to only give the main points.

East Coast

  • Daytona/ New Smyrna are closest to Central Florida
  • Both can drive on or have large family friendly parking lots
  • Yearly pass for non Volusia $100 or $20 daily
  • Generally waves and stronger currants
  • Great for surfing & boogie boards
  • You can find more information here

West Coast

  • Tampa/ St. Pete closest to Central Florida
  • Most areas are only official vehicles
  • Typically $5 parking fee
  • White sands, clear water with mostly calm waves
  • Beach hotels with water slides open to the public for a fee
  • Learn more about the west coast here

Kids Skate FREE

That’s right, its free! This amazing program is meant to keep kids active during summer at no cost to parents. They have locations nation wide so you can find the closest near you. Get more information here.

I hope you found some really great ideas and I know there are so many more I haven’t mentioned so make sure that you check out your favorite spots online and see if they have any great summer programs. Check out the other links below to see what a few of my Gals have planned this summer.


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    June 6, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I definitely need to explore a new bowling alley with my family this summer, great way to cool down on a hot day!

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    Kimberly G
    June 7, 2022 at 12:37 am

    I need to find a roller skating place and to our list.

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    Amy Gougler
    June 7, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Great ideas! I wish I lived closer to the Florida beaches but I’ll get some time in Ft. Meyers visiting my friend this year!!

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    June 7, 2022 at 9:09 am

    We are heading that way next week! My family & I will have to check some of these out!

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    June 7, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Wow awesome ideas on a budget..wish to visit florida soon.

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    June 7, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Okay, I’ve now seen the Regal movies on A couple different blogs! I’m definitely going to be checking them out!!

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    Roslin Dwivedi
    June 7, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    I would love to take my son to the theatre for a movie but since we don’t have anything like that here. I will take idea and make movie days at home for him. Good ideas on the blog!

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    June 8, 2022 at 8:19 am

    These are great! I remember doing the dollar theater growing up! Loved it. Definitely want to try bowling this summer.

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    June 8, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Awesome ideas and love that they fit in my budget! Best way to cool off is a midday movie!

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