Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Fun on A Budget

It’s that time of year again when the kids are on summer vacation. While your kids are undoubtedly excited about their upcoming weeks of “freedom,” many of you are a bit stressed about what to do with them. After all, camps can be costly. Yet, letting your kids sit idle over the course of the summer is boring and nonproductive. So here are a few ideas that might interest you!

  • 1.  Kids Bowl Free is one of the many free activities for children available this summer. This is a program where participating bowling centers around the United States offer children (within a particular age limit) the opportunity to register for two free games a day, all summer long! You can also check with your local skating rinks for similar types of free activities or even suggest one if it is not already available in your area. Visit http://www.kidsbowlfree.com/ for detaills.

  • 2.  Movies can be costly, especially when you add in the price of popcorn, a drink, and some candy! However, your wallet will be spared this summer because AMC Theaters offers a summer movie camp for children on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. All tickets are just one dollar, and the proceeds go to charity. Get there early because camps frequent these free summer activities and the tickets generally go very quickly. Check their website for movie line-ups and dates.

  • 3. Plan to visit the Children's Museum in your city. The Children's Museum has partnered up with Target and offers a Target Free Tuesday every month for children to visit the museum. Free tickets are available for pickup at the museum on the day of your visit. It is good to get in line early because tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and these types of free activities get very busy during the summer. The times vary at each location so check with the Children's Museum in your city for complete details. There are tons of activities for children to do at the Children's Museum!

  • 4. Check with your local library for their schedule of free activities for children and summer events. They often include puppet shows, story times, arts and crafts sessions, live theater, reading challenges, and book festivals. They are just about always free and can be lots of fun. Many times they will have their schedule of activities posted on their website.

  • 5. Learn from college athletes, their coaches and even professionals in the sport. Free sports clinics are usually held on college campuses for a limited amount of kids. Each free sports clinic has its own rules but many allow children as young as 4 and up to 17 years of age.

  • 6. Many parks and recreation departments set up a summer schedule of day-long activities. So check your city's local parks and recreation department website to see what activities are planned near you!

The free and affordable possibilities are endless!!! All it takes is a bit of creativity and investigation, and you’ll be surprised by how much your town has to offer. However, while your kids are enjoying these fun activities, make sure that they continue to read daily for at least 15 minutes. This will keep them academically sharp and prepared for the first day of school.…which is right around the corner;)

Happy (affordable) Parenting,
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