How to Entertain Your Kids for Free This Summer

05/28/2015 07:32 pm ET | Updated May 28, 2016
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The kids are bored. You are exhausted (even more so than usual). It is hot outside. You can't afford anything extravagant (groceries are expensive). So, to save your summer and your sanity, I've rounded up a few free (or almost free) activities that you can do with your children over the next few months.

Head to to find a bowling alley near you that is participating in this program. You can sign your children up to get two free games of bowling each and every day over the summer! If you don't have a local bowling alley participating in the program, check with them anyway! The bowling alley near me offers their own free kid's bowling program.

Dollar Movies

Regal has a Summer Movie Express program where they offer movies every Wednesday over the summer for only $1 a ticket! Each week, they show a different movie, so check their schedule for details and take the kiddos. If they only make it through half the movie, oh well... it was only a few dollars. Besides, you were in air-conditioning!

Free Fishing

There are certain days where anyone can fish in public waters without a fishing license. This is a great way to try out fishing with your kids for the first time without having to invest a lot of money into it. My boys are super-active, but they surprisingly love this calming activity!

Free Reading Programs

Most libraries offer free Summer Reading Programs, which may not sound like a super fun activity to your child. BUT... our library offers great prizes, like free Happy Meals, free ice cream, free baseball tickets, free railroad tickets and more. It's a great way to keep your kid motivated to keep reading over the summer. Check with your local library to see what they are offering.

Hopefully, these few activities help to keep the whole family happy and active... or at least keep you all from going insane with cabin fever.

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