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"Mommy, I'm bored. What can we do?"

Updated on May 27, 2016

Cheap Summer Entertainment For Kids

"Mommy, I'm bored. What can we do?"

It's the dreaded question Moms here about one week into the summer break. Since beach trips and weekend getaways can get costly, there are some cheap, fun activities for children right in your backyard. Your community offers free or inexpensive forms of entertainment all throughout the summer. So where should you start?

1. Park and Recreation

Almost every community has a park and recreation association with a lengthy calendar of events for children in the summer months. Many have multiple playgrounds, splash pads, and indoor recreational facilities. Cost $0-10 for most facilities.

Check out the link below to search for the park and recreation service near you.

https://mapofplay.kaboom.org/

2. Public Libraries

Most public libraries have great reading and recreation programs for children from pre-school to middle school. Check your local library's calendar for story times, reading competitions, and book clubs. Cost $0-5.

3. Community Festivals

Small towns especially like to host summer festivals. From "Watermelon Festivals" to "Mule Day," these family oriented events usually consist of music, crafts ,and food. Entry fees are likely free, but you'll pay for funnel cakes and chicken on a stick. Cost depends on if you can say "no."

Check out the link below to search for a festival near you.

http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/

4. Memorial Day and Fourth of July Celebrations

Holiday celebrations are a great, inexpensive way to get the family out of the house. Most communities host a variety of events including music, food, fireworks, and bouncy houses. Celebrate our country and get the kids outside! Cost $0-10.

5. Find a Watering Hole

Not every community has access to an ocean, lake, or river, but most likely you can find some place to cool off for free. Go to a popular fountain, splash pad, or riverwalk. There are many free ways to cool of during the dog days of summer.

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