Summer Break 2010 is well underway. Are you looking for something to do other than going to the pool everyday? The good news is that the Atlanta metro area has several free and low-cost activities for kids of all ages. Summer reading programs, kid-friendly plays, arts and crafts, and more are all happening in the Atlanta metro area this summer.
The following free and low-cost activities are budget-friendly and are a nice way to add some variety to your kids activities during the week.
Library Summer Programs
Most libraries in the Atlanta metro area are offering a wide variety of free programs geared toward kids. Activities include storytimes, movies, arts and crafts and much more.
Fulton County, Cobb County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Dekalb County, and Gwinnett County libraries all have online event calendars.
Summer Movie Camp
One of the best deals around this summer are the free movies offered by AMC and Regal Cinemas. Starting in June, both movie theatres are offering a wide variety of family-friendly movies.
The AMC Summer Movie Camp happens every Wednesday starting June 17th until August 5th. Shows start at 10:00 am. The $1 admission and all concession sales during the camp are benefiting Variety: The Children’s Charity and the Will Rogers Institute.
Regal Movie Theatre is offering their Free Family Film Festival. On Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 2 until July 29, they’ll be offering free family-friendly movies starting at 10:00 am.
Free Summer Bowling for Kids
Participating Atlanta-area AMF bowling centers are offering their ‘Summer Fun Bowling Pass’ where kids can play up to 2 free games of bowling per day during the summer. There is also a family pass offered starting at $24.95 that covers up to 4 adults.
Budget-Friendly Puppet Shows
Located in historic Roswell, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (click here for their event calendar) offers a fantastic variety of family-friendly plays at very reasonable prices. The plays being offered for Summer 2010 are Jungle Book (June 21-26), Variety Show (June 28-July 3), The Giant, The Beanstalk and Jack (July 5-10), Rumpelstiltskin (July 12-17) and Sleeping Beauty (July 19-24).
Prices are $4 (children ages 2-12) and $5 for adults. There is also an After-Show Workshop offered Monday-Friday. For $3 kids can learn how to make a puppet.
Home Depot Kids’ Workshop
Home Depot is offering a free kids workshop on the first Saturday of the month during the summer from 9:00 am-noon. These workshops are geared toward kids ages 5-12.
Lowe’s Build and Grow™ Workshop Clinics
On select Saturdays during the summer, Lowe’s is offering their free Build and Grow™ Workshop clinic. The first 50 kids to register and are present at the store at 10:00 am on days of the clinic will receive a free kit, apron, and goggles.
These clinics are best suited for kids in grades 1-5. At this time, there are two workshops being offered. Online registration is required.
Fun Events in Store at American Girl
Does your daughter love American Girl dolls? If so, there are quite a few workshops being offered throughout the summer at their Alpharetta store located at Northpoint Mall. Some events require registration and a fee while others are free and open to the public. Be sure to check their website for details.
‘Free Museum Thursdays’ at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Located in Midtown Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts is largest puppet museum of its kind in the United States. They offer museum tours as well as puppet shows and create-a-puppet workshops. The museum is offering ‘Free Museum Thursdays’ where admission is free to tour their museum every Thursday afternoon from 1-3 pm.
Beat the heat and summer boredom with these fun and budget-friendly activities. With the variety of activities to choose from you’ll be able to keep your kids busy between now and start of school.