Fun Things For Kids This Summer

Whelp, summer break is almost here!  As I’m trying to prepare fun things to do with my kiddos, I came across some really good ideas. I found a few great tips on the internet that I plan on using and hopefully some I can reuse of the ones we’ve done in the past.  I hope these frugal ideas will help you get though the summer without breaking the bank:)   kinley and books

  • Your local library is a fantastic resource. Our has a great  selection of books, music, dvd’s, and read-along tapes. We’ve been checking out the music and downloading them to our MP3 players. Works great for long car rides! Our library also has fun activities for the kids to get involved in throughout the summer.  Many local libraries are participating in the Reading With Ringling Bros. program – check to see if yours is!kiddos in yard
  • Last summer I hung a white sheet over our fence in the yard and pie tins filled with tempera paint.  The girls had a blast while Colson stamped the sheet.  After a few hours of fun I sprayed them down with the hose and did the same with the sheet.  We reused this throughout the week.
  • If you have children ages 14 and under, they can participate in the Half Price Books Summer Reading Program and get a free $5 gift certificate to Half Price Books for every 300 minutes of reading they do in a month.  This offer is valid June and July 2013.
  • Print out this Chuck E. Cheese Reading Calendar and keep track of your child’s reading progress. When they read every day for two weeks in a row they can earn 10 free tokens.  This offer is valid through December 31, 2013.
  • Michael’s has lots of great (free!) craft projects.
  • Home Depot does free kids workshops the first Saturday of every month from 9-noon (no sign up necessary, just show up). For a full list of  their upcoming workshops, you can go HERE.
  • Lowes does two free kids Build And Grow workshops a month – on Saturdays & Sundays. Go here to sign up:
  • The hose and/or sprinklers. It costs nothing, and kids have a ball.
  • Daily Deal Sites (i.e. Groupon) are a fantastic way to entertain on the cheap! Check the big deal sites      daily to scoop up entertainment or dining options at deeply discounted rates. Daily Deal vouchers are also a  great way to save money during a vacation – simply change the city      location on the deal site and see what’s available in the city you will be  visiting! Here are the sites I prefer: Groupon,      MamaSource,  and Sweet Jack.
  • Join the RedBox      Text Club and you’ll receive monthly freebie codes sent straight to your cell phone. You’ll get at least one free rental code a month – that can even be used on video game rentals!
  • There are two free bowling for kids programs out there – each will  allow your kids to bowl two games every day for FREE. You will have to pay for shoe rental. Go HERE to sign up for Kids Bowl Free and go HERE to sign up for AMF Unplugged.
  • Head to the movie theater for some thrifty, air-conditioned fun! Most major theater chains offer a free (or nearly free) kids summer movie program.  A few of my friends traded  off each week and watched the little ones while the older ones were treated to a fun show.
  • Target Sponsored Activities – Free admission to the NasherSculptureCenter.
  • REI      Passport to Adventure Program for Kids: download your free kids adventure journal, plus more!
  • Bass Pro Shop Free Events for Kids and Families
  •  Do you like movies?  Here are some great kid and family deals you can take advantage of and save!
  • Cinemark Theaters: 10 movies for $5 with advance purchase or $1 each at box office
  • Harkins Theaters: One movie per week for 10 weeks, less than $1 / film
  • Regal Entertainment Group: Movies for $1 on Tues/Wed at 10 am
  • Studio Movie Grill: $1 Child Tickets, $2 Adult Tickets, M-F at 11 am

Sonic is once again offering their Summer Of Shakes. All of their tasty shakes will be HALF PRICE after 8 PM all summer long. Choose from 25+ shakes – YUM!

I hope this helps!  Do you have any other frugal ideas?  We would LOVE to hear them!

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