Free or Cheap Family Fun in Upstate New York

Free or Cheap Family Fun in Upstate New York

Suns out, funs out! Now that school is out, it’s time for the family to get out and have some fun together. Research shows that children who spend quality time with their families have a higher reporting of self-confidence, sense of security, and even excel further in school.


While our children are the most important things in our lives, it is no secret that there is a lot of financial responsibility that comes with caring for a child. Therefore, we have put together a list of five free or cheap summer activities to do with your children in upstate New York.


Free or Cheap Summer Activities for the Family


Tykes Tuesday

Destiny USA in Syracuse is hosting a free children’s event every Tuesday of summer 2019. Every Tuesday from noon to 2pm, join Tykes Tuesday in the ‘canyon’ for complimentary fun activities. Free for children ages 0-12. In addition to Tykes Tuesday, numerous businesses including retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues will be collaborating with the Tykes Tuesday events, offering exclusive family discounts for those who attend.


$1 Movies with Regal Cinemas

Running in conjunction with Tykes Tuesday, is Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express. Get tickets for just $1 every Tuesday AND Wednesday. Featuring children’s favorites all summer long, such as Shrek, Despicable Me, and Kung Fu Panda. Click here to view the movie lineup.


Day at the Beach + a Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy a day with your little ones at one of Upstate New Yorks best attractions, Lake Ontario. There are many natural beaches along the shoreline to including Fair Haven Beach and Sandy Island Beach. For an added boost of educational fun, download one of these free scavenger hunts.


Summer Festivals and Fairs

There’s no better way to introduce your child to local culture than to attend local fairs and festivals. Click the following links to view a summer calendar of events for Oswego county, Syracuse, and Cayuga county! Also check out the New York State Fair Admissions page 


Oswego County Calendar of Events

Syracuse Calendar of Events

Cayuga County Calendar of Events

New York State Fair 


Kids Free Bowling

Kids Bowl Free is a program designed to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun summer activity for children. Registered children will receive 2 free games of bowling per day during the summer, curtsey of the center! Click here to view participating bowling centers in your area.

Bonus: Be sure to check out the summer programs provided by your local library, especially the summer ready program.

Little Lukes Educational Preschool


Little Lukes is a leading Syracuse and Oswego County education provider with five inclusion preschool locations. The early education program includes credentialed and caring staff that specializes in comprehensive infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten development. Additional services include pediatric speech therapy, pediatric physical therapy and pediatric occupational therapy. Preschool locations include Dewitt (East Syracuse), Baldwinsville (Radisson), Oswego, Fulton, and Pulaski.


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