It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime. Three glorious months without school—which means it’s up to you to keep the kids occupied. Fortunately, there are ways to keep them entertained for not a lot of money.
Catch popular kid’s movies all summer long for an extremely low price.
- Watch 10 films for $5 when you join the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse.
- Enjoy flicks like Rio and Parental Guidance for $1 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at participating Regal Cinemas.
- See 10 movies including Ice Age 4 and Rise of the Guardians for less than $1 each this summer at Harkins Theatres.
Look for retailers offering free or low-priced kids’ workshops.
- Home Depot offers free workshops on the first Saturday of every month.
- Build a wooden project at Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops and go home with a free apron, goggles, and patch.
- Michael’s hosts $2 craft workshops where kids can paint planters, string necklaces, and more.
Kids can get two free games of bowling every day this summer when their parents register at KidsBowlFree.com.
Factory tours are a surprisingly great and inexpensive way to keep kids occupied or break up a road trip. Factory Tours USA lists 571 to choose from including some very kid-friendly tours like the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California or the Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix, Arizona.
One more tip: Towns across the country are hosting summer music series, so check your city’s website for free concerts in the park.