Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fun and cheap things to do in the summer

This link is from Cheap Stingy Bargins. I am not too familiar with them but I like this list.

Summer just started and if you've already run out of ways to entertain the kiddies, then keep reading. Three months can seem kind of daunting-- especially if you've got energetic youngsters to take care of. There are plenty of cheap and free ways to give them a summer full of fun memories.

Free Classes

Take your wee ones to the Home Depot the first Saturday of the month at 9am for free workshops. This summer they'll build a hardware sorter and a picnic caddy. You can also check out Michael's for free craft classes and demonstrations all summer long. Your local library likely has a long list of free summer events and activities your kids can participate in as well.

Free Treats

There are plenty of restaurants and ice cream joints giving away free treats. Here's how to get your hands on some sweet summer snacks. This Wednesday night, take the kids to Sonic for free rootbeer floats. The fun starts at 8pm and goes until midnight. If you're a fan of the Frosty at Wendy's, sign up here and you'll be able to print a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon. Friendly's is also giving away free ice cream on June 6 from noon to 5pm.

Free Camp

If your child is more interested in technology, send them to Apple camp. They'll learn how to make movies, presentations and photo slideshows on Mac computers. It's free, but you have to register ahead of time.

Free Bowling

Few places keep the AC cooler than the local bowling alley. Make plans to visit regularly by signing up for free bowling at There are participating locations all around the country. Once you register, your kids can bowl two games a day, all summer long. Adults can join in for a small fee.

Free Fun at Home

No swimming pool in the backyard? Set up a sprinkler and let your little ones get soaked. Too hot to be outside? Download these free super hero mask templates and let them create their own characters. You can also sign up for to receive free temporary tattoos while you're there.

Free Gym Membership

Get your teens signed up for a free two-month membership at Lifestyle Family Fitness. There are dozens of locations in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. You must sign up by June 30. Fitworks in Kentucky and Ohio is offering a similar free membership for teens this summer.

Free Movies

Beat the heat with regular trips to the movie theater. Head to the Regal Free Family Film Festival for free flicks every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am. Or you can head to an AMC theater for AMC Summer Movie Camp. Admission is $1, but it goes to a charity. The event runs every Wednesday at 10am from June 17 to August 5. Cinemark theaters are showing kids movies every weekday morning throughout the summer. Shows are $1 each, or you can enjoy ten shows for $5.

Free Museum Admission

With Target's help, admission is free at a bunch of museums across the US. Check out the Sponsored Happenings page to find out what is going on in your area and when the museums are open for free admission.

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