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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Fun on A Budget

The kids are out of school and if you are like me, you are looking for fun things to do that won’t cost you ton. Every year I browse the paper, internet and flyers sent home from school to find some of the best and cheapest things to do. Here are some of the activities I’ve done with my two girls, ages 8 and 9, over the years and a few new ones I’ve found.

My kids love going to the movies, but they can be so expensive. During the summer you can go to the movies for $1. This is part of the Regal Theaters Summer Movie Express. It runs for 9 weeks starting June 10th in our area.  The movies are Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Click here for the movies. The movie theaters locally are Park Place Stadium 16 and Regal Largo Mall 8. The movies are G or PG and start at 10 a.m. Some of the movies include: Smurfs 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Arthur Christmas and more.


My girls love to bowl. Kids can go bowling for free all summer long. It is part of the Kids Bowl Free program. Bowling alleys all around the United States participate. Locally kids can go in Largo to Liberty Lanes, in St. Petersburg to Ten Pin Lanes, in Dunedin to Dunedin Lanes and in Port Richey to Lane-Glo Lanes North. Kids get to bowl 2 games free a day. You must register at here at www.kidsbowlfree.com. Remember to bring bowling shoes or you can rent them.


We are so fortunate to have baseball all around us. Not only do we have the Tampa Bay Rays, but we also have 4 minor-league baseball teams in the area. If your kids like baseball, the minor league team tickets very affordable. The Clearwater Threshers have dollar Tuesdays, where the tickets and food sell for $1. The Tampa Bay Yankees have a great kids club where you pay $10 and all Wednesday and Sunday games are free. The Dunedin Blue Jays have a Junior Jays Kids Club and have some free admission days for kids with a paying adult. TheLakeland Flying Tigers offer Sunday games free for kids and on Monday’s tickets are one dollar along with food. Go to the team’s web sites for more information.


One place my two girls love going to is the beach and it’s free. Did you know that on Friday nights there’s a place on North Redington Beach that offers hula dance lessons to kids and adults? It is at Mango’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar which is located right behind DoubleTree Beach Resort. You can listen to tropical music on the beach and right before sunset on Friday nights the Sunset Island Dances come out and put on a fabulous hula show. They even do the limbo. It is a lot of fun.
If your kids like to read, they can read their way around the bases with the Reading with the Rays program. If kids read a certain number of hours during the summer, they can get a free ticket to a Ray’s game. You can find out more at your local library. Kids can earn a free book at Barnes and Noble with the Barnes and Nobel Summer reading program. If your child reads 8 of their own books and journals the books, they can get a free book at the store. You can find out more at Barnes and Noble. Click on words for information.

I know the summer can be long, if you don’t have things to do with your kids.  Hopefully this gives you a few ideas for the summer and you won’t have to spend too much money.



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