Free Summer Fun

2008-05-045_595Everyone looks forward to hitting the parks & playground now that school is out, but why not add a little more to your summer? Try out a park tour-hit a different park in your area each week. It is a great way to learn about your area, plus you just might find a new favorite! Splash parks are cropping up all over the state. Cool down for free with sprinklers provided by your local parks department. Check your local parks department for information on these fun water-themed parks.

Parks also sponsor a lot of free programs throughout the summer. Park programs often include: nature programs, movies, concerts, organized hikes, star-gazing and much more.

Visit for details on future events or contact your local parks department for their summer calendar.

Get your kids a free bowling pass to hit the lanes all summer long from

Many movie theaters offer free or cheap summer films. Most even have a discounted kids’ concession stnd package. Check with your local theater, or visit the cinema’s website for full details:

  • Regal/United Artists: Free Summer Film Fest every Tuesday & Wednesday morning
  • Kerasotes: Free Summer Movie Program every Wednesday and Thursday morning
  • Cinemark: Summer Movie Clubhouse $1.00 film on weekday mornings
  • AMC: Summer Movie Camp $1.00 film every Wednesday morning

Your local library offers more than just books! We have seen Jungle John, Snakehead Ed, Madcap Puppets and experienced Harry Potter and Narnia festivals all for free at our small town library. Visit for details on the Marion County Public Library programs or check with your local library for specific information.

Check out the related eHow article contributed by Heather for even more tips on enjoying your summer. Have a fun, inexpensive summer!