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By Gooby from Straughn, IN
thanks so much for posting this. My 4 1/2 yr old twin grands are coming for a visit for a week next month and this idea will make Grammy look great!
This weekend, we attended Celebrate Hillsboro, an annual summer event provided by the businesses and city of Hillsboro, Oregon. There was live music, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, biking and futsal events, food and craft vendors, as well as an extended Farmers Market. At noon, there an attempt to break the Guinness world record for most people yo-yoing at the same time (I think we did it!). Best of all, it was entirely free (except for the snowcones and snacks the kids "needed").
There are tons of free or cheap events throughout the summer month for all ages. We have an art walk on the first Tuesday of every month, weekly farmer's markets in different locations around the city, free kids programs at the local parks, outdoor movies on Thursday nights, and on and on. Later this summer, we are looking forward to going to the Washington County Fair. It is shaping up to be a fun and frugal summer!
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
I don't get out much, but I was able to attend a performance of "Annie Get your Gun" earlier this summer. They "passed the hat" and concessions were offered, but there was no admission fee. Free or nearly so is great!
Summer time is coming and gas prices are sky high. Here is advice from the ThriftyFun community to keep boredom at bay without spending much money. Do you have any tips for saving money on summer fun?
If you make gatorade pops for the summer and spring, it will be really good for when the kids come in from a day of activity. Ice cubes are nice too for cups of gatorade so that it won't be diluted down.
At the end of every school year, I have the kids make a "Summer Fun List." I make one too. At the end of the summer, we see what we accomplished.
Living on a tight budget is hard. We try to make it easier by finding cheap or free things to do with our boys. They are age 5 and 3. I have found all kinds of free museums and parks to explore.
We are very lucky, we live near the beach. The sad part is that almost NONE of our gorgeous beaches in New Jersey are free. So in order to get in some wonderful beach time, we have learned the tricks and tips that will get us the most " bang for our buck".
I know in Virginia, we have an awesome program called Hands On Greater Richmond. It is a volunteer database full of opportunities for kids and adults to give their time, learn something new, meet new people and to earn volunteer credit hours towards their graduation goals!