Trying to find fun and easy ways to keep your kids busy while taking a vacation from your pocketbook this summer? Turns out you can enjoy a museum, a meal, and a movie with the whole family in one day without breaking the bank. Here are some cheap and free summer activities that will keep your children active all season long.
Free Museum Days
Many of the nation’s best museums open their doors to the public for free on certain days of the year. FreeMuseumDay.org has a list of dates and times you can enjoy free admission, but typically you’ll find museums open their doors to the public at no cost during the first Thursday of the month.
Another great option is a credit card benefit that allows you free museum admission in 85 different cities around the country. Just flash any Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card at the ticket office of one of these 150 museums and you’ll receive free admission during the first full weekend of the year.
Free Bowling for Kids
Created by a group of bowling centers around the country who want to provide a safe and fun environment for children, KidsBowlFree.com is a fantastic place for kids to enjoy time with their peers all summer long. Qualifying students are eligible for up to two games per day for free – all summer! All you need to do is log in to their network of bowling centers to find out if your child meets the minimum age requirements.
Free Movies for the Family
Movies can get expensive these days – especially for a family of four. That’s why starting on 6/28, select Regal Cinemas, United Artists, and Edwards Theatres begin their annual Summer Movie Express rates. This nine-week festival features special G and PG films during Tuesday and Wednesday 10 A.M. showings for only $1. What a deal!
Free Music Classes
Fall in love with the xylophone all over again with free kids’ music classes. It’s a great way to support your children’s early development and instill a lifelong love of music this summer. Many institutions offer free music preview classes to introduce children to instruments and musical lessons.
Free Food for Kids
Enjoy an easy and fun meal with your family without paying for it. Many family restaurants around the country offer “kids eat free” deals during specific days and times each week. You can stay up-to-date on all the deals in your area with children-eat-free aggregator sites like KidsEatFor and KidsEat4Free or try a daily deal site like TheDealFinder.com to find the best local deals while you’re on the go.
Volunteer Activities Fit for the Family
Volunteering with your children is one of the best ways to develop your children’s altruistic spirit and civil leadership skills. From picking trash out of your local gutters to lending a hand with the tornado relief effort, sites like VolunteerMatch offer amazing opportunities to give back that are fit for all ages.