School is out for the summer but there’s no reason for your kiddos to be bored. If you can’t quite afford season-long passes to the nearest waterpark, there are lots of great activities to keep them entertained.
1) Michael’s is having an awesome series of free summer events called Passport To Fun. They’re featuring 18 different countries and craft projects from June 21- July 30. More information.
2) At Apple Camp kids aged 8-12 learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. It’s a free, 3-day event and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival. Read more.
3) Another great summer freebie is Kids Bowl Free. Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Families can get two free games for up to six children per day, and family packs for the whole summer are $24.95. Here for more.
4) Bass Pro knows how to throw a party! This summer they’ve got tons of things going on for your kiddos and of course it’s all F-REE! The activities are now through July 10, 2011. Check this out.
5) To get your kids reading this summer Borders is back with their Double Dog Dare Challenge. If they’re under 12, kids can read 10 books, fill out the challenge form and bring it to a Borders for a FREE book.
6) Libraries always have lots of events going on from story hours to craft times. Check out your local library’s schedule and be sure to take advantage of the free resources they have like books, magazines and DVDs. The details of Lake County Indiana libraries offerings is here.
7) Many churches run Vacation Bible Schools that are filled with fun activities for children, usually last a week and are free. Here’s my huge list of Northwest Indiana/ South Chicagoland VBS programs this summer.
8) Your local community probably has outdoor movie and concert events that are a lot of fun to attend. Simply take blankets, chairs and your favorite snacks and you have a fun night under the stars. The list of the free movies in the park for Northwest Indiana is here.
9) $1 movies are a great place to go when the weather hits 90* and you need to stay out of the heat. Cinemark and other local chains all do $1 movies where you can view a child-friendly older movie.
10) Let them run outside. Give them some sidewalk chalk, turn on the sprinkler, plant a vegetable garden together or just let them run off steam. Kids love being outside and you get to keep the money in your wallet!
11) Free museum passes from your local library. Details of the IL ones are here and AZ ones here.