Affordable Summer Activities!

By Momcent's Mom, Krista Felker

I'm quickly figuring out that as my kids get older, the more expensive they get! And the expenses don't take a summer vacation. Cub Scout camp, swim lessons, weekend trips to the lake, flag football registration and back to school clothes and supplies can really add up. So I came up with a list of things that are free (or almost free) to do with the kiddos this summer. I hope I get the chance to try all of them and more!

  • Hit up all the splash pads at the local parks. They are free and the kids love them on a hot day!  Pack a picnic lunch and make a whole afternoon of it.
  • Regal Summer Movie Express offers $1.00 admission to certain kid-friendly films Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the summer.
  • Water balloons - my kids love these and they are super cheap entertainment. 
  • Hit up the local library. It's nice and air-conditioned and my kids love to pick out a few books or movies to bring home. Most libraries have a schedule of free story times and activities as well.
  • Kids Bowl Free - I haven't tried this one yet but my boys love to bowl! Sounds like you just sign up and every week this site sends you free bowling passes for your kiddos.
  • Plant a garden together. Okay, this isn't free, but it is something you can do as a family and my kids love to pick the fruit and vegetables we grow in our backyard. (Bonus: they might actually eat something healthy!)
  • Your Credit Union is sponsoring a Swim & a Movie Series at the Northside and Southside Aquatic Centers this summer! Check out our upcoming list of movies and mark your calendars! 

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