Crawley Borough Council has spent an estimated £30,000 on its Big Summer of Fun entertainment in the town centre.
The events – such as human table football, the urban beach and the pop-up park – have been attracting visitors to Queens Square since the end of May and will continue until the end of August.
A spokesman for the council said of the cost: “This covers three months and numerous activities designed to make the town centre a fun place to be this summer.”
The spokesman defended the decision not to set up the beach and park until after children had returned to school following the May half-term holiday.
She said: “The human table football was set up in the well in Queens Square – which is now turfed – and was aimed at older children and their parents, as it carried a height restriction.
“Therefore, it was set up during half-term when more people would be able to take part and the space was available.”
She added the pop-up park and urban beach would remain in Queens Square throughout the summer holidays.