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Published on Sunday, May 31, 2015 by

Young mother with her babyWeeks before summer arrives, the countdown begins. Parents all over the province are asking the same question: How on earth do I keep my children busy during the summer – without breaking the bank? They know that vacations and overnight summer camps can be expensive. For those parents eager for some new ideas, here are eight money-saving summer activities to consider:

  1. Free Bowling
    Yes, that’s right! Your children can bowl FREE throughout the summer (two games per child per day). That’s over $200 in savings per child. Kids Bowl Free is a program offered by community bowling centers during the summer months as a way to give back to their communities and provide a safe and fun environment for local children. Sign up your family at www.kidsbowlfree.com and bring on the free strikes!
  2. Summer Fun Crafts
    Follow our UBT board on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/urbanbabyandtot)this summer for fun and easy craft ideas. Create a craft jar and put the name of each craft on a slip of paper. Let your children pick a craft from the jar and spend the day letting the creativity flow.
  3. Grocery Shopping Adventure
    Save newspaper flyers from your local grocery stores and clip coupons with to take along on your next grocery shopping trip. Take your children with you and instruct them to find those products shown on the coupons. This is a super way to keep them occupied while in the grocery store. The activity also provides an educational and fun way to teach your children about using coupons to save money.
  4. Cheap Summer Movies
    Many movie theaters offer a summer movie lineup that is child and wallet-friendly. Cineplex is hosting a Cineplex Family Favouritesevery Saturday morning at 11am. Your child can watch classic family movies for just $2.99. Stroller and Stars offers baby mammas, a guilt-free way to catch the newest movie release at select theaters. Lights are dimmed and the volume is lowered. Best of all, it is a welcoming environment for breastfeeding, strollers and crying babies.
  5. Local Deals and Activities
    If your city has a parks and recreation program, look for activities in your child’s age group. Many cities offer affordably- priced activities such as dancing, swimming and basket weaving. Subscribe to group-buying sites like Living Social, Groupon and Social Shopper so you can take advantage of deeply-discounted activities for children. Be sure to check your local Entertainment Book for coupons to area museums, zoos and sporting events.
  1. Community Parks and Playgrounds
    Nothing beats being outside in the summertime. Your children are probably familiar with your community playground in your neighbourhood, so how about checking out different playgrounds in other cities? It’s great way to see what other communities have to offer and if you have close friends or family in the area, it will give you an opportunity to connect with them.
  2. Volunteer
    This summer, teach your children that it’s better to give than to receive. Spend some time volunteering together. Visit your local soup kitchen to find out how your family might be able to help out. Check visiting hours at your neighbourhood nursing homes or senior centers. Visit Govolunteer.ca where you can find a comprehensive list of opportunities available in your area. There’s nothing better than watching your children engaged in an activity that puts a smile on someone’s face.

Kimmie, resides in Richmond and is a mom to three girls. When’s she not busy playing dress up and tea party she spends her time researching fun, community activities for her family.

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