With summer vacation waning and back to school time around the corner, it’s time to do all those activities you promised yourself and the kids you’d do this summer. It’s not only a matter of having fun, it’s also a great strategy for getting kids prepared for going back to school. If they haven’t had their fill of summer fun, the kids won’t feel ready to give up the summer and may balk at going back to school.
These free and cheap summer fun activities will help you pack in the fun before the school bells start to ring.
Free Bowling at AMF Bowling Centers Every Day, All Summer Long
If you live near an AMF bowling center, sign up for the kids bowl free summer promotion for kids age 15 and under. Each child is entitled to two free games every day all summer long. Bowling shoe rentals are charged at regular prices.
A discounted children’s meal is also available for $2.99 per child.
Free Family Movies at Regal Cinemas, Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings
Free movies for kids at cinemas operated by Regal Entertainment Group continues each Tuesday and Wednesday morning through August 18. The selections vary by theatre. On Tuesdays, kids can purchase popcorn and drinks for $1 each.
Free Amusement Park Admission for Service Members’ Families
Anheuser-Busch offers free one-day admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place for members of the military and up to 3 dependents. The Here’s to the Heroes program is available through 2010.
SeaWorld is also offering $5 admission for one child with the purchase of any adult ticket. These discounted children’s tickets must be purchased in advance, online.
Free or Discounted State Fair Tickets
The State Fair is a prime attraction at this time of year in several states and free or discounted kid tickets are frequently available. The Oregon State Fair’s kids day is August 30 with free admission and 50% discounts on rides; Ohio State Fair celebrates Family Fun Day August 2 with kids eligilbe for free admission and two for one ride prices with purchase of a wristband; Iowa’s State Fair offers opening day discounted admissions for children and half-price admission Monday through Thursday from 5 pm until 10pm and on Extreme Sunday all day August 22; kids days are Tuesdays at the California State Fair, with kids admitted free and carnival rides discounted to $1; and the New York State Fair is offering free kids admission every day in 2010.
Other state fairs scheduled before it’s time to go back to school include Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Packing in the summer fun now means kids will have plenty to share with their friends when back to school time comes around.
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