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Summer Programs for Kids that Won’t Cost Much

bordemSummer is three months of laid-back school-free relaxation. Kids look forward to that first day of vacation and the promise of pools, outdoor fun and—sometimes—later mornings. But after a few weeks, the boredom begins to take hold.

For parents, summer requires planning and lots of diverse activities to keep kids occupied and out of mischief. Most parents don’t have bottomless budgets to enroll kids in neverending streams of expensive activities, though. And the cost of camps, sports and swimming lessons adds up quickly.

To get the most fun out of summer and to make sure kids stay entertained, parents need to check out the numerous fun FREE activities that can be added to the summer schedule. While some activities are local, there are many free opportunities that are available in every town and city…you just have to know where to look.

outdoor movie

When summer boredom kicks in, and the kids are climbing the walls, check out these free or low-cost diversions:

  1. Free movies!

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7 Spring Outdoor Activities for Family Fun


If your kids are anything like mine they rush for their phones, tablets or game remotes almost as soon as they get in the door from school.  During the winter months, I tend to be a little bit more lenient with screen time, especially if the temperatures outside are below freezing (I still do impose limits though, as it is important for kids to “unplug”). Read more