November 29, 2022

How to create the BEST summer memories with your kids on a tight budget!

Love these FUN summer ideas!

This post is sponsored by BIG W.

Summer sure has come around FAST. I don’t know about you but summer is our most favourite time of the year, what’s not to love about longer days, warmer nights and spending time swimming in the sunshine? Not to mention the fact we get to celebrate Christmas in summer! Needless to say, summer gifts us, as parents, the chance to create magical memories with our children, ones that they’ll cherish and look back on for years to come. Making magical memories over summer doesn’t have to break the bank either, in fact most of the FUN things to do in summer are FREE!

Before we dive in to our TOP ideas here’s a list of some summer essentials to help create these amazing memories without burning through your bank balance. BIG W have all your summer essentials at the best prices!


  • Towels!
    BIG Whave a great range of children’s towels for just $5, we use SO many towels in the summertime and these are great to have as spares for unexpected swimming guests!
  • Swimming Goggles!
    I have a theory that swimming goggles are just like socks – they disappear ALL the time?! I’ve spoken to other mothers at school who’ve also been experiencing this phenomenon…luckily you can pick up a few pairs at this affordable price to have a spare set. There is nothing worse than painful and blurry eyes after swimming at the public pool! Grab a few pairs of Zoggs Goggles for just $5 at BIG W!
  • Thongs!
    Footwear is also essential, I keep a family set of these thongs in our car in case of a shoe emergency…you know how hot the bitumen gets over summer, sizzling hot! Thongs for the whole family are just $2 at BIG W!
  • Sun protection!
    Protection from the sun is a top priority for my family all year round! We are regularly outdoors over the summer and go through HEAPS of sunscreen. A large tub of Truegaurd sunscreen is fantastic value at $9.50. We also suggest some long-sleeve rash vests and a good hat!
  • Pool and beach toys!
    BIG W has a HUGE range of beach gear and pool toys for the whole family! You can grab a three pack of pool noodles for just $6! You might even like to get creative with them and make this cool DIY sprinkler. You can also buy these amazing Bunch O Balloons– you can make hundreds of balloons in minutes (pictured at the top of page).


We always write a little list of things and memories we would like to try to create with our children. Below are a few suggestions but we would love to hear some of your ideas too, please add your suggestions in the comments section for everyone to see!

  1. Make Ice Cream!
    Who doesn’t love to make and eat Ice Cream? We have a yummy Nutella Ice Cream recipe here.
  2. Swim together!
    Whether its swimming at the beach, local pool or a creek, swimming is the best way to cool down on a hot day!
  3. Watch the sunset!
    Pack a picnic and find a nice spot to enjoy the sunset!
  4. Have a water fight!
    This is one thing we all remember enjoy as kids right? You can even get water balloons that fill and tie off themselves these days! Or you can make these reusable Splat Ballsusing dish sponges! Playing under the sprinkler is also FUN!
  5. Make sandcastles!
    Yes, summer wouldn’t be complete with a thousand sand castles!
  6. Get crafty!
    Why not make a beautiful Sand Footprint impression using sand and plaster! Find the easy instructions
  7. Ride bikes & Fly a kite!
    A great way to get some exercise and enjoy time as a family, pick a windy day so you can fly some kites as well!
  8. Build a fort!
    You might even choose to camp out in your living room under your fort!
  9. Go on a picnic and do a scavenger hunt!
    Ask other parents where there favourite picnic/hiking spot are and head somewhere new! Create a list of things to find and send your children on a nature hunt!
  10. Go hiking and let your child be the photographer!
    Give your child the camera and let them document their fun memories.

So they are just a few of the things we love to do together over summer on a tight budget. Shopping at BIG W helps to make our summer dreams come true with their great summer products, affordable prices and well known brands for the whole family…and you should see their huge range of Christmas gifts, it truly is a one stop shop for summer!

Louise x

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