20 Free & Fun Things to Do This Summer

Enjoy a little fun and happiness in the summer.

By Veronica Leon Editor, Publisher Macaroni Kid N Scottsdale-PV May 27, 2021

Want to enjoy Arizona without spending on family fun? Find free things to do including outdoors activities, museums, and more near you. If you're looking for more, find free events happening now or soon on our events calendar.

1. Host a Movie Night

You can easily host a movie night with family and friends. Make it more fun and ask your guests to come in pajamas.

2. Bike Around

Enjoy your neighborhood or city and ride your bike through your city bike routes.

3. Collect Natural Object to Create Art

Collect leaves and flowers to press to make art you can hang on your wall. Find rocks, stones or pinecones and bring home to decorate, paint or create your own fairy house.

4. Head to your Local Library

Your neighborhood public library isn't just books on shelves. You can also borrow music, movies and e-books. There are reading clubs for adults and story times for little kids. And there are activities galore to keep your teens busy all summer. 

5. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

You can find tons of scavenger hunt ideas online or craft your own. Grab your friends, set up prizes and enjoy the outdoors.

6. Play Board Games

Invite your friends, grab some snacks and plan to play your favorite games.

7. Head Outdoor to our Favorite Lakes or Reservoirs

There's nothing like hanging out near a body of water in the summertime. We love to visit our local reservoirs and lakes with family and friends. I have gathered some of our favorite Arizona Reservoirs and Lakes - The Macaroni Kid Guide!

8. Head to Desert Ridge for Bubble Bash

Starting June 9, Desert Ridge Marketplace will be hosting Bubble Bash Summer Series till June 30th. Free and open to the public 6:00pm to 7:30pm. located at the splash pad. 

9. Enjoy the Trails

Arizona has a lot of trails to explore and we have gathered a great list to choose from our favorite hikes to do with family. 

10. Head to the Park for a Picnic

Scottsdale has an abundance of beautiful parks that are perfect for a picnic. Check out our top parks, as well as nearby parks to pick up food. 

11. Splash Pads

Cool off with refreshing family fun at splash pads. Scottsdale Quarter, Desert Ridge Marketplace and many parks are just a few places with free water features. 

12. Check out Live Bands

Grab a chair or blanket and hear out to catch live bands performing at Kierland Commons, Desert Ridge Marketplace and Roadhouse Cinema Scottsdale. 

13. Tour Old Town Scottsdale

Take a self-guided tour of historic Old Town Scottsdale and discover the self-proclaimed "West's most Western town". 

14. LOVE Sculpture

Take a selfie at the LOVE sculpture by the late artist Robert Indiana, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

15. Hike Pinnacle Peak Park

Head up to Scottsdale to hike the Pinnacle Peak Park trail, which winds 1.75 miles through the Sonoran Desert. The one-way trail alternates between uphill switchbacks and downhill stretches with views of the surrounding neighborhoods. 

16. Visit the Bat Cave

Visit the bat cave where thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats take flight every night around dusk from May to October. You can find the tunnel near 40th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. 

17. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is free Thursdays and second Saturdays. Exhibitions rotate so there's always something new to see. 

18. Scottsdale Arts District

Stroll through the Scottsdale Arts District at the weekly ArtWalk. You can browse local galleries located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way at the year-round event, which happens every Thursday except Thanksgiving from 7 to 9 p.m. The people-watching isn't bad either.  

19.  Baking with Kids

Baking Bread with Kids: King Arthur Flour’s free online lessons are an extension of the company’s Bake for Good Kids program, which provides a free recipe book with directions for dinner rolls, pizza dough, muffins, and more.

20. Gardening with family

Kids Gardennig: Free downloadable lesson plans, activities, and guides for gardening with kids at home. 


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