Celebrating Summer: 10 Ways to Have Fun This Summer for $1 or Less

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.

7. Listen to a story. Your local bookstore probably conducts storytime for kids at least once a week. GoCityKids is a good place to look for one. Barnes and Noble and Borders have them, too.

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?”

9. Ride a bike (or skate or walk). Check out Bikely.com for route ideas. Browse hikes near U.S. metro areas at LocalHikes.com.

10. Catch fireflies (and let them go). Learn all about fireflies here (includes printables) and have a great science lesson, too.

Super Bonus Fun:

Readers, what are your tips for summer family fun for a buck or less?

 

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