“What are we going to do today?” is your little one’s new catch phrase now that school is out for the summertime. Finding fresh and exciting adventures can be difficult when on a family budget so here are five ideas to cut spending while increasing fun!

1. Free Movies- Taking the kids to a movie is normally a great way to spend all your money in a three hour time period but now that it is summer, several theaters are offering discounted and free movies. Take your family to a movie Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 10AM and see classic children movies you could find on RedBox completely free at Cobb Theaters and for $1 at Regal and AMC Theaters.
Tip: These movies can sell out quickly so it would be best to pre-order tickets a week or so in advance

2. Lowe’s/Home Depot Kids Workshop- Often times, your local Lowe’s and Home Depot will host Kids Workshops where children are able to build and create from kits provided by the store. Kids are able to paint, add stickers and learn the fundamentals of carpentering with these fun activities. The workshop is free and can turn into a great gift for Fathers’ Day!

3. Free Bowling- Bowling is another expensive outing that kids love! For the entire summer until September, you can visit gobowling.com and kidsbowlfree.com to register a free game per day as long as you plan 24 hours in advance. Shoes are not included.

4. Find a local Splash Pad- Summertime is all about splashing around and enjoying the season! What better way to do that than water activities? If you do not have pool access and the kids are tired of the sprinkler, then head to splashpadparks.com to find a splash pad near you.

5. Indoor Playland- Malls and Restaurants such as Chick-Fil-A and McDonald’s sometimes have indoor play areas equipped with slides, rope courses and room for exploring. Give your child the chance to meet a new friend and let their imagination go wild in a safe environment without costing you a dime.

6. Check the local Community Calendars- By checking local community calendars you can find hidden gems of adventure during the summertime. Places like Farmers Markets, Petting Zoos, Children’s Museums, and Libraries often post events that are perfect for a family outing.

Author: Sawyer Carlton

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