Little girl in a swimming pool

The long sunny days of summer are here!  Although we love summer, the days can be hard to fill and the “I’m Bored” coming from our kids can start early.  And summer activities can get expensive!  We have your back mama!  Luckily, our community has so much to offer that is completely free or almost free!  Here are 50 FREE or cheap summer activities to do with kids in Ventura County to enjoy all summer long.

Ventura County Mom Collective presents our Ultimate Summer Guide to 60 FREE or Cheap Summer Activities

Splash, Splash! Let’s Enjoy the Water

Let’s Get Active

Spend the Afternoon with Animal Friends

Let’s Do a Little Summer Learning

Farm Stands and Farmers Markets

Free Summer Reading Programs

How About a Local Day Trip

  • Visit La Jolla as a solo mommy trip or with the family.
  • Ojai is a fun and easy day trip.
  • Mom-Approved and loved by kids, a visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center will delight the animal lover in your family.
  • You can’t beat the thrift stores, local eats, and easy going atmosphere at Downtown Ventura. You can easily spend an afternoon here.
  • Santa Barbara is known for its Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs that reflect the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. Also known for local wines and great restaurants on State Street. You will want to make sure to spend part of the day at the Santa Barbara Zoo.
  • Get away for a quick, weekend trip to San Diego.
  • Griffith Park is five times the size of New York’s Central Park.  Griffith Park was designated as a historic-cultural monument in 2009. MUST DO: Travel Town, Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Play at Shane’s Inspiration.
  • Get a step-by-step itinerary for a trip to San Francisco. 
  • Have you enjoy San Luis Obispo County? It makes a great local trip!

Need More Ideas For Free Or Cheap Summer Activities?

If you need even more ideas, use these guides to keep you and the kids busy all summer long. These guides are filled with FREE or cheap summer activities around movies and music!
Summer Movies Ventura County

Summer Concerts in Ventura County


Little girl in a swimming pool


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