What a fantastic response to my â€œFrugal Summer Activities for Kidsâ€ column a couple of weeks ago! Thanks so much for the emails, texts, voicemails and Facebook feedback â€“ you guys are the best! This weekâ€™s column is dedicated to even more ideas for keeping the kids entertained this summer without draining the bank account and/or driving mom and dad crazy. Win-win in my book! Gleaned straight from crafty, creative local readers â€“ hereâ€™s a list of even more great indoor and outdoor activities that are proven hits with the soon-to-be-paroled school age crowd.
Discount Movies â€“ Hannah P. of West Chester emailed to tell me that last yearâ€™s heat wave will be etched on her mind forever (Amen, sister!). Despite the heat, her sons were great about playing outside and keeping busy, so once a week, sheâ€™d treat them to discount matinees at local theatres.
I did some checking, and sure enough, management at Regal Cinemas in Downingtown confirmed they have a kidsâ€™ movie festival starting June 24th, ending August 20th. Every Tuesday and Wednesday, kids can attend morning movies (starting by 10am), for just $1 per ticket. Thatâ€™s a couple of hours of highly-entertaining air-conditioned goodness right there. Just to put the cherry on top of it, when the movie is done, you can take your ticket stub to the nearby Chick-Fil-A (same day) for a free chicken sandwich (like theyâ€™re not addictive enough to begin with). Sweet!
Stargazing â€“ Charlie T. of Glenmoore bought a second-hand telescope three years ago on Craigslist for his teenage kids to enjoy, and itâ€™s been popular beyond his wildest expectations. Each summer, when the sun goes down, the kids spent hours checking out the moon, planets, stars, and anything else in the night sky that caught their attention. They often invited friends over to join them, and sure enough, they got hooked as well! (Xbox, Schmex-box, I can see Jupiterâ€™s rings in my telescope!) Side note from Charlie â€“ even his older model digital camera had enough of a zoom lens for his daughter to get some great close-ups of moon craters, creating some wonderful framed pics for his daughterâ€™s room, not to mention a budding astro-photographer. Get your own teenage astronomers on the case this summer, and get them psyched for the spectacular Perseid Meteor Showers in August!
Other Fun local Venues — Gee, if only there were a detailed website telling everybody where they could find inexpensive kidsâ€™ fun nearbyâ€¦.oh wait, there IS! Debbie Z. of Exton sent a link to a great website called kidschesco.com, and itâ€™s packed with fantastic ideas that are not only close by, but inexpensive. Festivals, fairs, please touch museums, camps, workshops â€“ this area is absolutely buzzing with terrific, inexpensive activities for kids!
Whatever you do to keep the kids entertained this summer, donâ€™t let it break the bank â€“ Frugal On!
Kristen Hagopian is a Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist & Author of Brilliant Frugal Living. She co-hosts WCHE 1520â€™s Morning Show, and â€œThe Kristen Hagopian Showâ€ airs Tuesdays at 4P. When sheâ€™s not at WCHE, sheâ€™s usually shopping the fabulous deals at Swannâ€™s Pantry Grocery Outlet in Exton. She resides in Chester County with her family. You can find her online at www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com
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