Are you wondering what you can do with the kids this summer without breaking the bank? A lot of businesses know everyone is pinching pennies these days and are offering some fun, free activities.
This summer theBass Pro Shops will turn into, a kind of, scouting adventure for kids. "What we really want to do is introduce kids into our basic fundamentals hunting fishing camping backpacking kayaking - all the outdoor fun," said store manager Mark Emken.
Family Summer Camp starts next weekend, May 30 - July 5. Activities are held from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. It's all free!! Kids and their parents can learn the basics of archery, camping, hiking, bird watching and more - including crafts and hooking a fish "because our heritage is fishing, we're going to teach kids how to fish, we're going to show them the techniques and the lures and the type of tackle one would need to set up a basic fishing for children," Emken said.
Movies are always a fun way to entertain the kids. Starting June 17 - August 15 at certainAMC Theaters, kids can see movies for a dollar. Theaters participating in the program are AMC Deerbrook, AMC First Colony, AMC Katy Mills, AMC Gulf Pointe, AMC Willowbrook. Summer Movie Camp presents G and PG-rated movies on the big screen every Wednesday morning throughout the summer. Advance tickets will be on sale starting June 10 at the theatre locations and online. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and shows will begin at 10 a.m. The film schedule and titles include: June 17, 2009 Space Chimps (G) June 24, 2009 Kung Fu Panda (PG) July 1, 2009 Madagascar Escape 2 (PG) July 8, 2009 Tale of Despereaux (G) July 15, 2009 Horton Hears a Who (G) July 22, 2009 The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG) July 29, 2009 Nim's Island (PG) August 5, 2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG)
"The one thing we do not want at the library is your money," said Sandi Farmer, manager of Central Youth Services at the Houston Public Library.
The library has always offered great free fun for kids in the summer. The summer reading club starts June 1. Kids up to age 18 can participate by reading 5, 10 or 20 books or spend that many hours reading and you can win some great prizes. Those reading 20 hours or books will be entered into a drawing to win a new computer as well as other great prizes. "It's really important from an educational perspective for them to keep up with their reading all summer long because if they don't practice they'll loose their skill, that's the educational side, the fun side - there's a lot of stuff out there for kids to read that's fun," Farmer said.
Besides reading, there are dozens of other programs going on at all Houston public libraries this summer. Kids can use computers and play the Wii and much more. "You can learn about how to learn how to use a Webkinz, if you come to four classes you get to keep your Webkinz this summer and we provide the Webkinz. We'll also be doing Club Penguin where kids can learn about internet safety and learn how to socially network with kids in a safe environment," Farmer said. Clickhere for a calendar of events.
Cheap and Fun Activities for Kids This Summer
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