Battling the “I’m Bored” Beast This Summer with Low Cost Fun

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It’s not hard to have fun without spending a lot of money. With summer right around the corner and camp registrations coming due, here are some low cost alternatives for a fabulous summer season. Combine this with our list of 10 ways to have fun without spending money, and you’ve got plenty of fun options.

Free Bowling All Summer Long

One of our family favorites over the past two years has been the Kids Bowl Free program. All you have to do is register your kids each year- and it’s FREE!!! You will receive a weekly email that contains passes for 2 regular games of bowling EVERY DAY all summer long. It’s valued at over $5.00/child, and there are participating bowling centers all over the country.



Some centers also provide additional benefits such as arcade tokens and adult packages you can purchase to get the whole family involved. Even if you only go a few times over the summer, it is definitely worth signing up! And registration will close as summer gets closer, so get signed up today… and tell your friends. For more details and to find a participating bowling center near you, visit Kids Bowl Free.

Summer Concerts or Outdoor Movies

Many cities sponsor free concerts and sometimes even movies in parks and other outdoor spaces. Check your local paper or chamber of commerce website to find out if this happens in your area. Your public library may also have information about these types of events.
Additionally, if you have a drive-in theater or summer festivals in your area, they may not be free, but they can be low cost alternatives if there aren’t any free concerts or movies near you.

Summer Movie Theater Deals

Many movie theater chains host free or deeply discounted matinees for kids during the summer, along with concession deals. Check out your local theater company’s website for information and schedules. I love it when the theaters play old movies like Benji and Dumbo. It’s so fun to watch the greats on the big screen again.

Take the Kids Thrifting

Thrift Stores are always interesting. Instead of going to target to get lawn darts, take the kids on a thrift store trip to see what kind of fun you can pickup. You’ll save lots of money and your kids will see and learn about things they’d never find at the department store.

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