10 Budget-Friendly Summer Programs for Kids to Try


How do you spend your summer vacation with your family? 

Probably, you would always take them to white-sand beaches to beat the summer heat. Or, perhaps, visit some of the most popular summer destinations if you have the budget. Of course, this can be a wonderful treat for your loved ones but you don’t have to break your bank account just to make them happy.

In fact, there are several ways to make their summer more fun and memorable. These summer programs can help your kids learn and explore new things. So, steer away from those expensive summer camps just to keep your kids entertained all summer long! Check out these 15 budget-friendly summer program ideas you can try with your kids.

10 Fun Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained this Summer

Summer fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead, it should be a magical time for kids, filled with possibilities for exploration, learning, and fun. Although some of these programs cost a little, rest assured that these are the best value for money once you see their smiles and happy faces.

This list offers 10 creative and budget-friendly ideas to keep your kids engaged and entertained throughout the summer, proving that unforgettable adventures don’t require a hefty price tag. 

1. Local Recreation Center Programs 

Emerging locations in Greater Manila Area (GMA) and regional areas nationwide also offer budget-friendly or even free summer camps through their local recreation centers. Most of these cities and towns feature open greens and tranquil landscapes and pool facilities for local recreation center programs. These may include swimming lessons, summer arts programs and handicraft classes, sports leagues, and nature hikes.

Some local and national parks are also offering free or low-cost educational programs for kids. This includes swimming lessons, survival camps, sports programs, outdoor activities, and many more. These programs can be an effective way for kids to learn about nature and the environment instead of keeping them in compact spaces.

2. Library Programs  and Museum Camps

If your kids love books and educational activities, public libraries also often host free or affordable summer programs for reading, story times, and educational workshops for kids. These programs are a great way to keep kids’ reading and language skills sharp and introduce them to new topics.


Additionally, many museums also offer summer camps that focus on science, history, art, or culture. These camps can be an ideal option for kids to learn something new and have fun at the same time.  While museum camps may have a fee, some offer scholarships or discounts for low-income families.

3. STEM Summer Program and University Camps

There are also specific programs available for kids who have interests in the field of Science and Technology called STEM programs. For one, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) offers various summer science camps for different age groups, focusing on various STEM fields. This includes providing hands-on learning experiences through experiments, camp invention projects, and activities.

Prominent universities like the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and Dela Salle University are also offering special summer programs for kids wanting to gear up academic disciplines and potential career paths. If your children want to enhance their skills in various areas, such as research, communication, and critical thinking skills, then, enrolling in such kind summer programs is a practical solution.

4. Apple and Basic Coding Workshops

Similar to the Girl Who Code Summer Immersion Program, several local organizations in the Philippines offer coding workshops and summer programs aimed at girls. You can search online or inquire at local schools, libraries, or community centers to find these programs. 

While Apple Store Camps are currently not available in the Philippines, they offer workshops and sessions on various topics throughout the year, including photography, music creation, and coding basics using Apple products. These sessions might not be specifically summer-focused, but they offer valuable learning opportunities for kids.

5. Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts Camps

You can also opt for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts Summer Camps for children ages 5-15 years old. They usually offer opportunities for personal growth, teamwork, and development of new skills. They also promote respect for nature and the environment. Plus, they also provide financial assistance to families in need.

6. YMCA Summer Camps

Get started with the YMCA Summer Camp Program. The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is a nationwide organization that offers a variety of affordable summer camps for kids of all ages. Y summer camps typically include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, overnight camp, and field trips. Many YMCAs offer scholarships and financial assistance to families in need.

7. Seasonal Cooking Classes

On the other hand, you can also enroll your kids at culinary schools for seasonal cooking classes, especially if they feel that the kitchen is their personal sanctuary. Also, many bakeries and restaurants with thoughtfully designed spaces offer occasional kid-friendly workshops during the summer. Community centers and libraries sometimes offer cooking classes or workshops as part of their summer programs.

8. Free Online Courses 

You can also find many free online courses available for kids on a variety of topics. These courses can be an opportunity for kids to develop their fine motor skills and learn something new at their own pace. From arts and handicraft camps to academic camps, there is so much to learn from virtual summer camps. All you need is to register your kids to their preferred interests. 

9. DIY Summer Day Camps at Home

You can also create your own themed day “camp” weeks at home! Family camps are one of the best ways to personalize the experience for your kids and explore their interests. Designate a week for exploring science experiments, a week for arts and crafts, or even a “backyard camping” week complete with tent building and storytelling.

10. Places of Worships Summer Program

Many churches organize summer activities for their youth groups, which may include retreats, mission trips, community service projects, sports leagues, or other social events. These programs are quite similar to the Salvation Army Summer Camps concept, which is typically geared towards teenagers and may require church membership or participation in youth group activities throughout the year.

BONUS: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is also great for kids to give back to their community and develop leadership skills. These volunteer opportunities are available for kids of all ages, such as helping at a local animal shelter or soup kitchen.

Exploring any of these summer programs can surely be fun and educational for your children. At the same time, it gives you infinite joy and fulfillment as a parent. What’s more advantageous is that most of the organizations and commercial establishments are within the reach of the newly developed vertical homes of Asterra. These are value-packed condominiums featuring modern living spaces and are suitable for those who want to invest in a condo as their first home. Overseas Filipinos and those who are living abroad are welcome to invest. 

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