5 Free or Nearly Free Indoor Activities For Kids this Summer


If you’re like me, you spend what feels like all day every day in the park. Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting a variety of parks and trails. Our outdoor spaces are what make Flagstaff an incredible place to live. But sometimes it rains, sometimes I don’t want to slather the baby in sunblock yet again, and sometimes I just want to be indoors with some air conditioning. Here are five places to do just that. 

Story Time at Bright Side Books

This amazing downtown bookstore recently re-opened, and I love the kid-friendly atmosphere! Their story times and days vary, but they always have an interesting theme. My son and I recently attended one about yoga/ mindfullness. He still plays with the little toy candle they let him keep!

Free Cookie and Craft

Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wildflower Bread Company offers a free craft, cookie, and milk. My smush bear is too small to do the craft, but the cookie and people watching keep him busy while I have a treat of my own. 

Story Time at Barnes and Noble

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Barnes and Nobel hosts a story time with activities. 

Kid’s Workshop at Home Depot 

These free workshops are held the first Saturday of the month. In July Home Depot will celebrated their 20th anniversary of holding Kid’s Workshops. Kiddos got to build and paint a bug house. Their site says, “All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.” I’ll be there, as that tiny apron sounds adorable. The next Worksop is on August 1, to build  a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August! 

Pottery Painting

This is one of my favorite ways to make a holiday keepsake, or just have some creative fun. Book Nest Toy Store offers pieces to paint for as cheap as $3.99. My family just went there today. We let our son dip his hands in paint, gave him a mug, and the magic began! 

Do you have any favorite free or affordable indoor activities to do with kiddos this summer?



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