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Inexpensive Summer Fun

School’s out for summer, and you’ve promised yourself and your kids that you’re going to make the most of the summer break this year. There are endless things that your family can do this summer, but you might be stuck trying to figure out how to make their summer dreams come true. While it’s true that a lof of summer activities can be expensive, knowing where to splurge and where to save can make all the difference between a summer filled with fun, or a dud to be added to the list of summers you’d rather forget. From family trips and staycations to cookouts in the yard, you can have the summer your family will always remember.

First off, get the big trip planning out of the way. Most families take a big summer vacation each year- whether it be a road trip to another state or country, or a staycation. Many families will consider taking a big trip to a theme park or resort, like Disneyland. A trip like this does require a good amount of planning, and there are a lot of expenses to take into consideration. You can work with a vacation planner, who can help you create a package for your lodging, park tickets, transportation, and meals, If you’re not planning on staying for more than a couple of days, you might want to purchase everything a la carte. Sometimes visiting the park for just one day is enough, especially if you have very young children who can’t handle day after day of park overload. You can choose to purchase 1-day Disneyland park passes from $97.00.

If a staycation is more your speed, look for something that’s close by. You can easily book a couple of nights at a fun family park or resort, like Great Wolf Lodge. This type of resort has everything your family is looking for in a fun-filled vacation if you’re on a tight budget, or don’t want to have to travel long distances. Great Wolf Lodge resorts are located in various cities across the country, and you can get some great deals on your bookings. Save 50% off when you book early (60 days in advance), or save 40% off of one night. Great Wolf Lodge has activities for young children, child care, games and activities for older kids, story time and dance parties, plus their indoor waterpark. Play all day and spend the night to make it all worth your while, and give the family a little time away from home.

If you can’t break way from work for a vacation, there are plenty of other things that you can do on the weekends during the summer. Make a list of all of the summer blockbusters that you and your family want to see this year, and head to the movies! You can see one film every couple of weeks. Check to see if your local movie theater offers any special deals for the summertime. You might be abe to save on movie tickets, and snacks, if you’re able to purchase a summer combo.

If you’re looking for free or low-cost things to do, check out the summer catalog put out by your local Parks & Recreation Dept. It should be filled with classes, camps, and activities that are perfect for the kids or the whole family. Look for the schedule of your city’s Summer Movies in the Park series, and catch a free outdoor movie each month during the summer.