Entertainment Ideas for Kids That Won’t Break the Bank

School’s out for summer! Without the routine of school and after-school programs, kids and parents are left with a lot of time to fill during the day. Summer camps are great, but they can be expensive if you’re trying to fill the whole summer. We’re here to help you have a fun summer without going over budget. Here are some entertainment ideas for kids that won’t break the bank.  


You can find tons of gently used toys at your local Goodwill. Sometimes a new toy provides weeks of entertainment. Create a fun box with several small toys. Your kids can choose a new toy each week. Some of the toys to look for include:

  • Shovels and sand buckets
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Cars and trucks
  • Dolls and doll accessories
  • Tools
  • Shape sorters
  • Bubble machines
  • Learning toys
  • Activity tables


Reading is a great activity for kids during the summer. Create your own reading challenge with special prizes for reading a certain number of books. At your local Goodwill, you’ll find a large selection of books for children and young adults. With such low prices, you can stock up for the summer!


If it’s not too hot outside, playing outdoors is a fun entertainment option for kids during the summer. Check out Goodwill for gently used bikes, scooters, and more. Some ideas include:

  • Tricycles
  • Kids bikes
  • Scooters
  • Bike seats
  • Bike trailers
  • Water and sand tables
  • Tennis rackets
  • Basketball hoop

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona stores are known for their sizable selections, unique goods, fun finds, and of course our low prices! You’ll find tons of inspirational entertainment ideas for the kids this summer. Shop for toys, games, books, clothes, and outdoor items at a Goodwill location near you.

Entertainment Ideas for Kids

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