More Free Outings and Summer Events for the Family
Did you know that over 3% of American parents will lie about the age of their child to get out paying full price for an event or outing? That means that one out of every three parents are desperate to save money on movie tickets, concerts, amusement parks, sporting events, and many other entertainment venues.
If you have a child between the ages of 3 to 17, you could end up paying over $470 per child to entertain them at such events. However, there are many free events geared towards entertaining children all over the country that you should know about.
Free Kids Admission to the Zoo
Many zoos around the country offer discounted rates or free admission for children on specific days throughout the year and summer. These include the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Call your local zoo to see if they have similar offers on children’s admissions.
Regal Cinemas’ $1 Family Movies
Regal Cinemas has an amazing program where children and families can be entertained in their theaters with$1 family films. Every Tuesday and Wednesday for the entire summer, participating Regal Cinemas theaters will be showing the latest family and animated films for $1 per ticket. The schedule will include family and animated films shown over 14 weeks during the summer.
The $1 films on the schedule include family and animated blockbusters like Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Lego Batman Movie, House with a Clock in its Walls, and much more. You should definitely check online or call ahead before bringing children to the theater expecting to pay for $1 tickets.
This event only applies to participating theaters. Film schedules will vary according to theaters. You will probably be in a packed theater full of loud and excited children, so be understanding.
Kids Skate Free
I used to love roller skating when I was a child but skating at the local roller rink has definitely become more expensive for the children of the 21st century. While admission might cost a few bucks for kids it can cost $10 or more for adults. However, there is a national collective of roller rink businesses in over 35 states that participate in a program called Kids Skate Free.
It’s a program that allows children to skate free at participating rinks. You can register online and check for any participating rinks in your area. Be advised that each participating rink may have its own age limit guidelines for free children’s admission. If you can’t find any participating KSF rinks near you, you can give one near you this KSF letter to encourage them to join.
Kids Bowl Free
Bowling is a very fun activity, but it can also be a very experience one as well. An evening of bowling could cost $2.50 a game or as much as $27 an hour depending on where you live. While you may still have to pay full price, there is a summer activity program called Kids Bowl Free you should know about.
Kids Bowl Free is a program organized by a collective of bowling businesses, academic and community programs, and schools to help children bowl for free. Through KBF, children can bowl up to two free games per day for an entire summer. This program was created as a way to let kids have fun in the summer safely and affordably.
The KBF program has a value of over $500 per child if you paid regular admission. KBF is only available at participating bowling establishments. Each bowling alley determines the age limits for eligible children.
Encourage Establishments Near You To Have Free Family Events
Although you should check for similar free programs for children near you, don’t be discouraged of you can’t find any. You can use the Kids Skate Free letter as a template or talk directly with management about how such programs can be started near you.
Allen Francis was an academic advisor, librarian, and college adjunct for many years with no money, no financial literacy, and no responsibility when he had money. To him, the phrase “personal finance,” contains the power that anyone has to grow their own wealth. Allen is an advocate of best personal financial practices including focusing on your needs instead of your wants, asking for help when you need it, saving and investing in your own small business.