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Every summer Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo compiles a list of free or cheap things to do for at least 30 days of your summer!  This year we’ve made a list of cheap or free things to do outside in WNY with kids this summer, PLUS we’ve added a list of indoor activities and things to do at home.  Enjoy and have fun this summer.

Free or cheap things to do in WNY with kids

  1. Summer Reading Programs
  2. $1 Movies at the Regal Cinema on Transit
  3. Michael’s Craft Store – Camp Creativity –
    Please note – Classes options, dates and times vary by location.  Please visit their site to find information about your specific Michael’s store.
  4. Tyke Tuesday’s at the Walden Galleria Mall
  5. $3 Movies at Four Seasons Cinema in Niagara Falls
  6. Free Summer Wednesdays at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum – Free admission and rides are just $.50 (Kiddieland is outdoors)
  7. Free Family Film Series at Dipson Theatres
  8. Just Fun Family Entertainment Center in Hamburg – Daily specials and buy one, get one free deals.
  9. New York Power Authority
  10. Check your local library – most of the libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County system offer free activities daily.
  11. Free bowling all summer at Classic Lanes in Kenmore.  Registration is required.

Cheap or free things to do outside in WNY with kids

  1. Flicks on Old Falls Street
  2. Green Acres Free Family Movie Night
  3. Green Acres Ice Cream Glow -in-th-Dark Nights
  4. Parks and Playgrounds of WNY
  5. Wading Pools and Splash Pads in WNY
  6. U-Picks in WNY
  7. Family Friendly Hikes in WNY
  8. Reinstein Woods – Numerous family friendly free events going on daily.  Check their calendar for dates/times.
  9. Family Fun Thursdays at Canalside
  10. Canalside – Canalside has free games, a beach and playground that is available daily
  11. Artpark – Free Family Saturdays which takes place throughout July
  12. Buffalo Bills Training Camp Schedule (free to attend)
  13. Movies in the Meadow – Fridays in August, check the Buffalo Olmstead Park’s calendar for details.
  14. Beaches of WNY
  15. Olcott Beach and Carrousel Park
  16. Free Family Fun Saturdays on Old Falls Street
  17. Fireworks at Niagara Falls.  Fireworks displays happen nightly in the summer.  Click here for the full schedule.
  18. Visit Old Fort Niagara.  Children 5 and under are free.

Free or cheap things to do at home with kids this summer

  1. Water blasters – $1 at Dollar Tree and you can have a water war!
  2. Camp in your backyard – no car packing required!
  3. Sidewalk chalk art competition – buy some sidewalk chalk from the dollar store and have your kids make their best artwork, everyone wins a prize!
  4. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.  Here’s a link to a scavenger hunt board on our Pinterest page.
  5. Make homemade playdough.  Here’s a link to a recipe on our Pinterest page.
  6. Set up a lemonade stand.
  7. Make cookies and deliver them to the local firehouse.
  8. Have a picnic!
  9. Make a homemade water slide using your swing set slide.
  10. Take a bike ride and explore your neighborhood.

Did we miss something you love to do over the summer?  Tell us.