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Free And Cheap Summer Fun

The kids are out of school, what are you going to do with them?  Here are a few ideas to help fill up your summer calendar.

1. Movie Theaters

Two big changes this summer;  the Regal Cinemas’  summer movie program.  It used to be the Free Family Film Festival and now it’s the Summer Movie Express at select Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres. They are still offering  selected G or PG rated movies on Tuesdays and Wednesday, but there is now a $1 admission.

The AMC Summer MovieCamp has been discontinued but they will have select summer movies before noon with a value pricing.

There are several outdoor movie spots throughout the summer, check out this amazing list of 21 neighborhood festivals from the Seattle Times.

2. Libraries

Library programs never go out of style; there are all kinds of programs, events and incentives you and your budding bibliophile. The Seattle Public Library offers more than 700 free programs all over the city for children, teens and adults between June and August.

For my Sno-homies, the Sno-Isle Library‘s theme is ‘One World, Many Stories’; participants can earn a free book and the chance to have the bookmobile come to your door!  Don’t forget to check out all the free activities at your local branch.

3. Bowling

Check out Kids Bowl Free, where at select bowling centers, kids are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long!

AMF Bowling Centers are also offering free bowling for kids all summer;  just enter your zipcode to find one near you to register.

4. Museums

Are you a military family? From now through Labor Day, Blue Star Museums offer free admission to  all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families.

Did you know that many of our museums offer free admission days, like the Everett Children’s Museum and the Burke Museum? Here’s a list from Free Museum Day.

5. Music Festivals

Red Tri’s eclectic roundup of summer kids’ concert series range from free to moderately priced so there is something for every taste and budget.

6. Outdoor Markets

From Pike Street Market to your own neighborhood farmer’s market, we are  teeming with places to visit! Find one near you.

If I missed anything, National Geographic has a seriously comprehensive list of free things to do in the Emerald City.

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