Affordable Kid-Friendly Summer Fun

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

We're just more than a month into summer vacation and if you're struggling to find ways to keep your kids entertained, we've got you covered.

Are you kids movie buffs? Every summer Marcus Cinema teams up with American Family Insurance to present the summer dream movie series. Now until August 15, family-friendly PG films are shown at participating theatres beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Cost is just $2.

There will be no movies shown the week of July 4th, but the series resumes again on July 9.

Cedar Creek Cinema - Rothschild schedule of summer movies:

July 9-11- Disney's African Cats
July 16-18 Escape from Planet Earth
July 23-25 Disney's Oceans
July 30-August 1 To Be Announced
August 6-8 Disney's Chimpanzee
August 13-15 To Be Announced

Click here other theatres locations.

How about this for a deal? Two free games of bowling at participating alleys everyday this summer! Dozen of bowling alleys throughout Wisconsin are already participating. All you have to is register online and wait for the coupons to arrive in your inbox.

Click here to view a list of participating bowling alleys, plus a link to register online.

Barnes and Noble is helping curb summer brain-drain with their summer reading program. The program is open to school-aged children in grades 1-6. Students will need to read eight books and fill out the reading journal Click here to print the reading journal.

Students can return the completed and signed reading journal into Barnes and Noble now until September 3. Children are then able to choose a book from the free book list.

This summer Home Depot is offering two free workshops for kids. On Saturday, July 6, a special "Despicable Me 2"- themed workshop will be held. On Saturday, August 3, kids are invited to build their own Home Depot Load 'n Go Truck!

Workshops are held the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshops are designed for children ages 5-12.

To register for these workshops, or to learn more from Home Depot's website, click here.

Home Depot isn't the only place to keep your little Do-it-yourselfers entertained. Lowe's offers a similar workshops. The build and grow workshops are also free to attend, however you do need to register. The classes are selected Saturday at 10 a.m. And select Sundays at 2 p.m. The workshops are recommended for children ages 5 and up.

July 13 and July 14, kids will get the chance to build the Pizza Planet Truck from Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story. And on July 27 and 28 kids will get to build the RC car from Toy Story.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Looking for more affordable ways to have fun with your kids this summer? Check out your local library. Most offer summer reading programs and special guest entertainers. Area swimming pools usually offer a night or certain times of the day to swim free. And don't forget about area summer camps or your local Boys and Girls Club for their open house days.

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