Saturday, June 12, 2010

Free Summer Activities

Friday was the first official day of summer for J. My mother and I had decorated with a sign and balloons for when he got home from school, which he just loved.

He will be spending the next two weeks with my parents, but when he returns I will have the task of keeping him and M both occupied this summer. We will be doing a mini-unit study on World War II (his topic choice) but will be spending most of our time just having fun. Given that we've already been over 100 degrees, we do have to limit outside time and swimming time to early morning or evenings. I have, however, compiled a list of free or relatively inexpensive activities we will be doing this summer.

Bowling: If you go to you can register your kids to bowl for free this summer. It gives them a pass good for 2 free games of bowling every day all summer long. You can check to see if there is a bowling center near you participating.
Movies: One of our local cinemas offers free matinees every Tuesday all summer long. The movies shown are older classics, but still favorites. Also, Regal Cinemas is offering a free family film festival during the summer where G or PG movies are shown free at 10 a.m. on Tuesday or Wednesdays. You can go to to see the list of theaters participating, and the movies being shown.

Reading: Our local library offers a summer reading program for kids that includes weekly shows (magicians, puppets, singers, etc). J is also signed up for the Barnes & Noble reading program, where kids in grades 1-5 can win a free book for reading eight books this summer. The program also includes some online activity ideas as well.

Crafts: JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels both have free or low-cost craft clinics/camps you can sign your children up for this summer. J is learning how to sew from his Grandmother, and will be taking a sewing clinic later this summer as well as participating in Michael's free make-and-take weekend events.
Our local Lowes and Home Depot stores also offer free Saturday building clinics. J is to old for many of these, but they'll be perfect for M to participate in.
We have many local businesses that offer fun activities all summer long as well, including: pet stores that give tours, a pizza restaurant that let the kids make their own pizzas for $2, a local nursery that offers kids' gardening classes, and fire station and police station tours. Our town and several neighboring cities also have free community events planned around the Fourth of July including parades and free swimming.

Hopefully these ideas can help us keep busy and cool this summer!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! We will be doing a lot of these things too!

    I love the idea of the welcome to summer banner. I think I will be making one of those. We still have two full weeks of school here!


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