Free Attractions To Survive The Summer

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by Patrice on January 17, 2011 · 3 comments

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Free attractions during the summer can be your best friend. Sooner or later the kids will get tired of playing in the back yard and start to fuss out of sheer boredom.  Break up the routine by planning fun activities or even a day trip.

During the summer many family oriented places offer ‘free’ admission days. Some theaters attract customers by offering free morning movies for families with young children. Many theme schools that teach children dance, cheer, martial arts or gymnastics attract new customers by offering free lessons.

Check the community pages of the local newspaper so that you don’t miss out on these free attractions.

If you’re lucky enough to live close to a zoo, museum or other attraction, you’ll be happy to know that most of them offer ‘free’ days when no admission is charged. Even without the entrance fee, meals and treats are quite expensive. Pack water, juice, sandwiches and snacks for the kids to keep them content and take the time to explore and just have fun.

Some advance planning is needed when attending free attractions at family friendly places. They are often crowded with other families who want to take advantage of a low cost activity. The lines for some attractions may be long, especially the nursery area at the zoo. Let the kids plan ahead of time what exhibits they really must see and plan your walk through the area accordingly. If there is time left after the must see exhibits have been thoroughly explored, take a leisurely stroll back to the parking area, pointing out spots of interest along the way.

Pick up any pamphlets that may on display as you explore to keep as a souvenir. With a little imagination the pamphlets could be used for a crafty activity for the kids on a rainy day. You might even be able to turn it into a fun game for the family.

If you’re willing to brave the crowds and carry your own food and drinks, the free attractions will give your family a mini vacation that is quite affordable.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Angie Schilling January 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

I love the idea of turning the pamphlets into a craft. Scrapbooking is a great way to do this. The family can set down together and each design a page or do a page together to reflect on the day trip that they have made together.


Savannah February 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

Always try and hit up sales at craft stores so you can have supplies like these on hand whenever you want to do projects.


Julianna February 20, 2011 at 6:03 am

Another idea of going out with kids without spending too much is by going to the park. In the park, there’s also a playground wherein the kids can play on and be friends with other children. While I myself, can also unwind and take a rest on the bench.


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