Local Guide: Free and Low-Cost Summer Activities For Kids


Summer is beautiful in Flagstaff. Above all, I love being able to hang out with my kiddos and enjoy everything our little mountain town has to offer. However, between summer sports, vacation, and various other ventures, expenses can add up. Therefore, we try to stick to lower cost or free daily activities that we can enjoy as a family. Here are some of our favorite free and/or low-cost summer activities for kids:

Flagstaff friends celebrating the start of summer.

Flagstaff Public Library

We love our library. As a matter of fact, we go there once a week during the school year, and even more often in the summer. The Flagstaff library offers so many free and fun activities for kids: Summer Storytimes, Summer Reading Challenge, Lego Club, arts & crafts, parties, and more. Find something fun for your kiddos to enjoy all summer long at https://www.flagstaffpubliclibrary.org/.

Harkins Summer Movies

A whole summer of movies for $5? Where do I sign up? Every summer, Harkins offers 10 weeks of 10 kids movies at an extremely low price. The movies are ones that have been out for awhile, but even if they’ve already seen them, my kids just love the experience of going to the theater. Truly, it’s a summer tradition they always look forward to. Find out more and sign up HERE.

Kids Bowl Free

We already spend a lot of time at Starlite Lanes in the winter, but the Kids Bowl Free program in the summer is too good to pass up. It’s especially a great indoor option when summer monsoons start rolling in. All you have to do is sign your kids up on the website to get two free games of bowling every week all summer long! The only cost is the shoe rental. Additionally, you can add adult family members using a discounted family pass so that you can bowl with your kiddos.  https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/


How lucky are we to live so close to such an amazingly beautiful place? Although it does get hot in the summer, Sedona offers cold creeks, cool shops, and beautiful hikes. Not to mention they have a great splash pad at my kids’ favorite park, Sunset Park. Furthermore, Sedona Community Pool  is another great cool-down option for summer and costs only $2 for kids to swim.

Local Hikes

In my family, summer in Flagstaff equals weekly hikes. Getting outside to enjoy exercise in our gorgeous summer weather is something this Phoenix-born mama treasures beyond belief. There are plenty of kid-friendly trails that offer short and simple family fun. Here are a few of our favorites: Priest Draw;  Sandys Canyon Trail;  Campbell Mesa Loop;  Fatman’s Loop .

Concerts in the Park

Every Wednesday starting at 5:30pm, the City of Flagstaff sponsors this family-friendly summer event. There are hula hoops for the kids to use, live music, food vendors, face-painting, the library BookMobile and more. Every week, we grab a pizza and our picnic blanket to join friends for this free, fun summer activity. You can find the list of bands and park locations HERE.

Hula-hooping at Concerts in the Park.


Here’s wishing you all an enjoyable and budget-friendly summer.  See you around town!