Summer poses the inevitable question: Now that the kids are home, what to do ? The good news is the answer doesn’t have to be too complicated. If kids can be pried away from their electronic gadgets, make a plan. Here are free or cheap things to do with the kids this summer.
1. Fourth graders and their families can visit national parks for free with the Every Kid in a Park program.
2. Sign kids up for free Home Depot building workshops.
3. Bowl for free this summer with KidsBowlFree.com.
4. Barnes & Noble will give every kid who completes a reading journal one free book.
5. Watch $1 family movies at Regal Cinemas !
6. Watch $1 family movies at Cinemark Cinemas!
7. Take kids on a free behind-the-scenes factory tour.
8. Kids who read every day for two weeks can get 10 free tokens from Chuck E. Cheese’s
9. Get passes for free roller skating at a local rink with KidsSkateFree.com.
10. Have kids attend Lowe’s free Build & Grow workshop.
11. Have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch account? Go to the museum for free.
12. Enjoy free family activities at Bass Pro Shops.
13. Go on a treasure hunt using Geocaching.com
14. Apple Camp teaches kids how to make a movie for free. This three-day event for kids ages 8 to 12 ends with campers showcasing their movies at the Apple Camp Film Festival.
15. Find volunteering opportunities with VolunteerMatch.org.
16. Local libraries reward kids for reading with the “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” program.
17. Staycation and discover new things about your hometown.
18. Learn from college athletes, their coaches and even professionals. Free sports clinics are usually held on college campuses for a limited amount of kids.
19. Churches hold Vacation Bible School as an outreach ministry. Kids learn Bible lessons, make friends, sing songs,create crafts, perform in skits and more. Each church has its own age guidelines but 3 and up is usually the starting age.
20. Have your kids explore their creativity at Michael’s Kids Club . Sessions start every half hour from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
21. Do you have a little iron chef in your family? If so, then check out the Whole Foods Kids Cooking Classes for kids 5-12 years old. At most locations, you have to purchase a membership but it is just $10.
22. Target partners with local museums to offer you and your kids FREE or nearly FREE entry to attractions in your community.
23. Reconnect with old friends or make new ones! Google “find a pen pal” and you can locate pen pals from all over the world to correspond with.
24. Go fishing and teach a kid to fish.
26. Visit local libraries. They have a lot of free programs and are a lot of fun.
27. Go wading at Pony Pasture
28. Take a stroll along the Appomattox.
29. Go to a free concert in the park. It’s a great way to introduce kids to music and live performance.
30. Go old fashioned. Stargaze while lying in the grass. Blow bubbles, use side walk chalk, swing on a swing or play a game of basketball at the neighborhood park or take a bike ride
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