To help families find activities that are both family friendly as well as budget friendly this summer, I’m compiling a list of 101 Free Summertime Activities. Some of the items on this list will be universal in regards to location, while others are more specific to the Cincinnati region.
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41. Free YouthSpark Camps at Microsoft
Microsoft is offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps this summer. Kids ages 8 and older will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest technology as they learn how to code, create games, and use their imagination.
There will be four camps available, with two designed for beginners and two for intermediates who are ready to take their skills to the next level:
- Kodu Makerspace (ages 8-11)
- Be an Inventor with LittleBits (ages 8-11)
- Learn to Code Flatverse (ages 12 and up)
- Start Your Own Business (ages 13 and up)
Each camp runs for four consecutive days and lasts for two hours per day. It’s important to note that the parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult caregiver of every camp participant ages 18 and under must remain in the Microsoft store for the duration of the event. You can find a participating Microsoft store near you here.
42. Free Apple Camps
Apple Retail Stores across the country are offering free Apple Camps this summer. Kids ages 8-12 will have the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books, and more all while using Apple products.
These free camps last for three days each, and there are three different camps to choose from:
- Coding Game and Programming Robots
- Stories in Motion with iMovie
- Interactive Storytelling with iBooks
It’s important to note that a parent or legal guardian must stay at the Apple Store for the duration of the Apple Camp workshop. Space is limited, and these workshops fill up very quickly, so if you have a child who is interested, I would suggest signing up as soon as possible.
43. Red White and Boom
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with Dearborn County’s Red White and Boom Event. This event will include free military boat rides and displays, a lighted boat parade, a craft show, a cruise-in car show, and Saturday night fireworks at dark over the Ohio River. You can find the full schedule of events for Red White and Boom here.
44. Red White and Liberty
Join the Liberty Center in the square from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd for their Red White and Liberty Event. The event will feature a parade, games, music, crafts, and more. You can find the full schedule of events here.
45. Great Parks Days
Miami Whitewater Forest is featuring Great Park Days on Saturday, July 2nd. This event includes free admission into the park (no parking pass needed), free entry into Parky’s Pirate Cove wet playground, an open house at Shaker Trace Nursery, free harbor activities (canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard, pedal boat, rowboat, hydrobike and bike rentals), free golf, free concerts, and more. You can find more details here.
You can find more free summertime activities here.