This week we’re celebrating SUMMER! I’m republishing BC’s best summer-themed posts. Browse all the Celebrating Summer Posts.
Here’s Baby Cheapskate’s guide to cheap summer fun:
1. Hit the books: Your local library has AC, free books, free DVDs, and kids classes and storytimes. What more could you ask for? Tackle a reading list for a real sense of achievement. See the top ten reading lists for kids here.
2. Join a playgroup. Use the Web to Find the Perfect Summer Playgroup
3. Catch a free (or cheap) family movie. Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express offers $1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday. Check for free outdoor family movies at the park or at a local pool (Google “outdoor movie” and the name of your town).
4. Play in a fountain. In Atlanta we have a great play fountain at Centennial Olympic Park for kids to play in. Find one in your town by Googling the name of your town plus “play fountain.” Local public pools and ponds are cool spots, too.
5. Ride the escalator at the mall. If you have a toddler you know what I mean. Bonus points if your mall still has a fountain.
6. Visit a playground you’ve never been to. Find one here (or Google your town plus “playground”) and head out in the morning before it gets too hot. Take some sidewalk chalk, a ball to kick around and a picnic lunch.
8. Stroll an arts festival. Many arts festivals have children’s areas with arts, crafts and entertainment. If not, try an easy scavenger hunt: “Can you find a painting with an apple on it?”
10. Catch fireflies (and let them go). Learn all about fireflies here (includes printables) and have a great science lesson, too.
Super Bonus Fun:
- Search for overlooked local attractions at Waymarking.com
- For more rainy-day fun, check out these three fun websites for toddlers.
- For more fun activities for babies, check out Rookie Moms.
- Find 7 Backyard Games and Activities at Kaboose.com.
- Family Fun has summer activities sorted by age group.
Readers, what are your tips for summer family fun for a buck or less?
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