7 Unbelievable Ways to Save on Summer Fun

Guarantee the whole family a great time this season with these cool ideasBy Locke Hughes

Welcome the warm weather with amazing activities on the cheap this season. Photo by Thinkstock

1. Host a neighborhood potluck To ensure a well-rounded menu, invite odd-numbered houses on your street to bring dessert, while even-numbered ones bring savory sides. All you have to do is supply the main course.

2. Host a photo scavenger hunt Make a list of items your family or friends can find outside, like "something red" or "three types of flowers." Whoever snaps photos of the most things found wins!

Related: Discover 15 clever uses for household items.

3. Take a dip
Visit www.SwimmersGuide.com to locate public pools in your area. The site's global database has up-to-the-minute info about special rates, youth swimming programs and even which pools have diving boards

4. Find free events Check Walmart, your doctor's office or a local library for regional parenting publications, which list tons of free, family-friendly summer events in your area.

Related: Check out 10 things you never have to pay for.

5. Crafting fun Michaels' Passport to Imagination program offers 2-hour DIY sessions for kids three times a week from June 17 through August 2-and each one costs only $2.

6. Jump on a bicycle
If you don't own one, visit www.RentaBikeNow.com and click on your state for a list of bike shops in your area that offer rentals (typically around $36 per day).

Related: Try the ultimate boot camp workout.

7. Build your own disc-golf course
In this game, players take turns throwing Frisbees at various targets. Lay out a course around the lawn by marking trees and large rocks in chalk (or use chairs, buckets or baskets). Then designate a "par" for the number of throws players have to hit each target. Keep a tally as you do in golf. (Find mini-golf scorecards at www.Nesquik.com.)

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