Monday, May 17, 2010

What to do during the Summer?

Since our family is on a tight budget, a big summer vacation is out of the question this year. I have been trying to think of ways to keep my 2 and 5 year old entertained and having fun, without spending a small fortune.

1. Regal Cinema Family Film Festival- Every Tuesday and Wednesday, participating Regal Cinemas play family friendly movies for free. The movies are G or PG rated. The movies at 10 am and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Check out for participating theaters and lists of movies.

2. Kids Bowl Free- I just recently signed up for this program. We had a bowling party for our son's birthday and now he loves bowling. Register your kids to bowl 2 free games a day all summer long. Every Sunday, I get coupons for the week. The kids can bowl 2 games, but you do have to pay for shoe rental. Check out!/kidsbowlfree?ref=ts for more information.

3. Story time at the Library or local bookstore- Check with your local Library to for times and information about their scheduled story times. Also, check with your local Barnes & Noble or other book store to see if they have any story times or childrens activities. This is a great way to encourage and stimulate your child's love of books.

4. Picnic- My children love to spend the day at the park. Visit your local parks, pack a nice lunch and just enjoy the day together. Some parks have fountains to play in for some water fun, so you might want to take a change of clothes.

5. Visit local attractions. Check out local museums or science centers. Most of the time, places like these will have specials on admission prices or even free days. It is a nice way to introduce your children to cultural activities.

6. Minor League Baseball game- If you have a minor league team in your city, this is a great way to have a ballgame experience without the high price tag. A lot of teams will have family specials.

7. Water Play- If any of your local parks have dancing fountains those are always a lot of fun. Maybe your community has a neighborhood pool or maybe you just have a sprinkler. Whatever you have, work some water fun into your schedule!

8. Arts & Crafts- stock up on art supplies! Maybe you and some neighborhood mom's could get together for a kids craft day! Finger painting, sidewalk chalk, playdough, tie dye t-shirts, make mud pies, whatever you decide to do, just be creative and have some fun.

9. Organize a block party! Get some families together, plan a cookout, and play some games. Everyone can pitch in by bring 1 item or side dish, providing lawn chairs, and bringing drinks. It is always a great way to get to know your neighbors.

10. Our city has a live music event downtown every Thursday during this summer. These are always great to attend, pack a picnic, and just enjoy the community. If your city or town has an event like this consider checking it out.

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