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Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer for Less

by Tracy Curtis / July 5th, 2019

Summer brings cook-outs, camping, beaches, and…boredom. If you’re looking for activities to keep your children physically and mentally busy, without breaking your budget, here are a few suggestions:

  • Check your public library’s calendar for activities.
  • Talk to parents in your neighborhood about organizing outdoor games, like kickball or outdoors Twister. That way everyone can share toys and games.
  • Check local museums, zoos, and parks for free days and special activities for children.
  • Check local movie theaters to find $1 movies.
  • Register with Junior Rangers, Kids Bowl Free or Kids Skate Free.
  • Find free educational material online. 
  • Help the kids make something.  Forts, pizzas, kites, costumes, treasure maps, popsicles, board games, comic books, family trees, puppets, movies, and other projects can all be big hits.
  • Tour a local fire station, art studio, TV station, planetarium, or farm.
  • Some retail stores have free workshops for kids to learn about computing,  building, crafting, or outdoor skills.
  • Go to your city’s free concerts, festivals, and parades.

This list is by no means exhaustive.  Look for local cooking classes, historical tours, and recreational activities. You don’t have to spend a lot to keep your kids safe and entertained this summer.

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