23 Free (or Almost Free!) Things to Do With the Kids This Summer

Summer's finally here, but keeping the kids busy can be pricey. Try these 23 fun activities you can do for next to nothin'. (26 Photos)

Joel Schwartzberg on Jul 5, 2013 at 5:54PM

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23 Free (or Almost Free!) Things to Do With the Kids This Summer

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Send a Message in a Bottle

Write a heartfelt letter (or scribble a picture), seal it in a bottle and release!

Best for kids aged: Three and up

What you’ll need: Glass bottle with a cork; piece of paper; pencil.

Directions: Have your kid write or draw a message to a pretend pen pal. When she’s done, have her slip it in an empty bottle. Find the closest body of water to your house (it doesn’t have to be an ocean!), take the drive or hike, and chuck it in!

Why they’ll love it: The promise of having a pen pal in the future is almost too good to be true. And before you head out, tell her about the recent story of a boy who found a 24-year-old, traveling bottle.

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