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? Feel free to post them below.
Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio emailed me about a summer saver special with reduced rates on admission. http://www.cedarpoint.com. Michigan residents can enjoy a free (No fishing license required) fishing weekend, I believe it is June 6, 7, 8. Check local papers for listings of community events, many times there are listings for free concerts-in-the park, vacation bible schools, and free matinées. Also try your local department of parks and recreation. Many have programs for children at nominal or no fee.
When you go to the library to get those books, videos, and craft ideas, don't forget to check out their summer reading programs. Our county library always has some great programs. Kids (and adults) sign up for the program and set their own reading goals, so it is reasonable for all levels of readers. They give prizes when goals are reached -- stickers, coupons for free ice cream, free books, all kinds of great stuff! Also, they usually have weekly programs for children.
They usually have a story time for pre-schoolers, followed by a program for school-aged children. They have guest speakers, sometimes they do crafts, it's something different every week. And, Mom can either stay and watch with the kids, or can have her hour to browse on her own while the kids are "otherwise occupied", and then Mom is available to help the kids find their own books after the program ends. The kids then know what day every week is "library day" and really look forward to the programs and to getting a new supply of books and videos. Also, this makes it more exciting for reluctant readers.
After you get home with the new books, if it's a nice day, take a quilt out side and let them lay in the sun to read -- a joy from my childhood that I shared with my kids. Have fun!
With a firm grasp of the obvious, I would like to suggest the State Parks. You can go online and check out where they are in your state and also what each one has to offer. While you are online you may want to check out," 100freethingstodoin-----" . Insert the name of a city in the blank at the end of the sentence and see what comes up. You could also go to visit an older relative or the folks at a local rest home. They have wonderful stories to tell about their childhood and ALWAYS treasure having company. Each day and each child is a treasure -- embrace it.
Every year, I feel like I miss out on free local stuff because I had already made alternate plans for that time. This year, I took my calendar and wrote the dates of all the local events we might want to do: the county fair, an annual city celebration.
I also signed my boys up for some classes through the parks and rec center so I wrote those down there as well. This way I am not missing out on something and can fill in the blank weeks with spontaneous trips to the park or the beach. I am planning on going to the library once a week and will have to check out their programs and fit it into my schedule. We can also check out "passes" for local museums or zoos at the library too!
Another great free option for those of you who have a Regal theater in your area are the free children's movies. In my area, they are Tuesday mornings and they show second run kids movies for free. Of course, they want you to buy concessions, but you certainly don't have to. Even if it is one they have seen before, kids love to go to the movies.
Do you have any ideas to share? Feel free to post them below.
Our local newly built Phoenix Movie Theater offers FREE KIDS MOVIES every tuesday and wednesday during the month of June & July which they show on those days at 10 Am. Its free to anyone with kids even the adults. They already know what shows are scheduled to show on those days which you can pick from two choices per day. I think its wonderful they offer this free for kids to enjoy. We saw Charlotte's Web this week and next week we can pick from either Rugrats the movie or Flushed Away. My little grandson just loves it. So call your own local theater and ask if they offer this too. And if not let them know other theaters do and maybe they will start it as well. They know while you are there that you will most likely buy the kids popcorn kit (which is speacially priced as well for the showing) so they make money off it too. Alot of parents who have to work and there children are still in day cares or church day care this gives those group children a chance to get out and enjoy there summer as well. They bring them on those days in buses or vans and the kids just love it. It does not matter if they have seen the show before kids watch the same show 100+times and still love it! So check it out in your area.Because alot of times things like this are not advertized unless you had went to the movie to know of it or by word of mouth passed on. Great Summer Fun to everyone!
Wow! Great ideas!
Our kid's movies aren't free though. It's $2.50 with free popcorn ( a small bag).
I plan to take my son to some free tours this summer-- a cheese factory, a GM plant, etc.
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My kids never turn down a chance to run through the sprinkler on a hot sunny day! They often invite their friends. With ice water on the deck to drink, veggies and dip to eat (served on ice), they are entertained for hours!
i was thinking about running thru the sprinkler this afternoon. i mean i was reminicing. i wouldnt do it now well i guess i would given the oppurtunity. but i remember loving to run and even just sit in the sun and the sprinkler would come and go and come back again.
My favorite trip to the park with my sons was when it was 90 degrees (the heat index hadn't hit triple digits yet) and the sprinkler systems came on! THe baby was asleep in the stroller, so we parked him in the shade and by the mist to keep cool and we stuck our heads in the sprinkler and played! It was so nice! Now we have a system at the house we are renting, so I need to adjust the time. I think as long as you are physically able, you should enjoy simple pleasures like that!
I have an idea for people that don't have a sprinkler, system. You can buy one of those conectors for the end as a sprinker for pretty cheap and you can also poke holes with a slim nail along the whole hose line about 2" apart and it makes a snake line of sprinkler for longer strips of grass watering too.