Guest Post: Cheap Summer Fun

by Marcy on May 13, 2010 · 0 comments

The following is a guest post written by Amy Wells of Deals for Dayton, a blog dedicated to sharing info about saving money on family friendly events, deals and more!

Summer is quickly approaching, and many of you are facing the challenge of entertaining your children for an entire 3 months! (I hope I didn’t just send any of you into a panic!) I’m sure all of us would love to remedy this problem with lots of glamorous vacations and expensive activities, but we live in the real world of trying to make our wants and needs fit into our budget.

What is a frugal mom to do?

It may take a little time to research, but there is a wealth of free activities going on EVERYWHERE! Here are just a few places to help you get started finding deals and events:

Local parks – Parks are a great place to let the kids run, play, and let off some steam; but many parks also offer special activities at no charge. Nature walks, learning about gardening, petting zoos, etc. Local parks can be an excellent source for “kidertainment.”

Media – Check you local radio/ television stations. They often host free events for promotion. Your newspaper can also be a great resource, telling you where and when many activities are.

Shopping Malls – Many shopping centers do free promotional events where you can get free entertainment for the little ones, and COUPONS, too!

Museums/ Zoos –Zoos and museums have promotional days when there is a discounted or even FREE admission.  Check their sites often for updates.

Libraries/ Bookstores – Several local libraries have summer reading clubs, and offer many story times and various activities. Bookstores also often offer story times, activities, and there may just be an author signing to promote a book! This is a good way to have fun and “get your learn on” at the same time!

Travel / Visitor Centers – It may sound silly to go to a travel center in your own hometown, but there may be undiscovered adventures where you least expect them!

Well, we hope this got you started in the right direction. May your summer be filled with fun, and hopefully not much boredom!

Don’t forget to check online for blogs or sites that post about free local deals and events. And Twitter or Facebook are a great way to follow local businesses and what they have going on. If you are in the Dayton, OH area, be sure to check us out at where we post free events for you!

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