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Fun and Affordable Summer Activities


Fun (and affordable!) summer activities for family and friends

Smiling FamilySummer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family. There are so many great things to do, and the good news is they don't have to break the bank!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Attend summer concerts

Check with your local zoo to see if they offer a summer concert series. Most large zoos throughout the United States and Canada offer outdoor concerts during the summer. They are typically very affordable, and if you become a zoo member, admission is included in the cost of your membership fee!

Investigate your local park system

With the change in the economy, many park departments are beginning to offer free community events during the summer. This may include free summer concerts, barbecues and parties, outdoor movies, and themed events such as big truck day for the kids. Many park departments also offer summer classes and camps for both children and adults that are very affordable. If your park system does not offer these kinds of services, why not propose it at the next park department meeting?

Museums on us

If you are a Bank of America customer, you may want to check out their "Museums on us" program. Every Bank of America card holder is entitled to free admission to over 100 museums nationwide the first full weekend of every month. All you need to do is show your Bank of America card to be admitted. What a great deal!

Visit for more information and to find a museum near you!

Free movies for families

If you have kids and are looking for a cool escape for a scorching hot summer day, why not check out a free movie? Each summer, Regal Cinemas offers free kids' movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. All you need to do is show up!

Adults must be accompanied by a child to be admitted.

Please visit: to find theaters and show times near you.

Explore your local library

Your local library is a great place to discover ideas for summer fun. Many libraries are now offering free passes to local attractions such as museums and botanical gardens. Some also offer free movies and community education classes. While you are there, why not check out a few guide books about your city or region? You may discover some fun places to visit that you didn't even know where there!

Take up letterboxing

Letterboxing is a fun pastime that people have been enjoying around the globe for over 100 years. All you need is access to the internet, a compass, a notebook, a stamp, and an ink pad.

Here is how it works:
Visit  to find clues as to where letterboxes are located on hiking trails near you. Then follow the clues on a scavenger hunt to find a box that contains a notebook and stamp.  After you locate the letterbox, you stamp the book in the box with your stamp, and then stamp your book with the stamp in the box.

This is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Scavenger hunts keep our brains working and our bodies moving. Plus, letterboxing utilizes hiking trails, which will give you an opportunity to explore parks and trails in your area. Also, letterboxing is utilized in many places around the globe, so it is a fun an inexpensive activity that your family can engage in while traveling!

Host a neighborhood home-grown produce tasting party

Do you like to garden? Do you have neighbors, friends, and family members who share your passion for growing produce during the summer months? Why not host an annual home-grown produce tasting party?

All you need to do is setup a date and location and invite people. You can even send online invitations for free by visiting

Someone's front yard or neighborhood parks are some great places to hold your tasting party. Your neighbors then bring samples of the different varieties of produce that they have grown during the season and everyone gets to sample each others' fine handy work. This is a great opportunity for community bonding, and for getting the chance to eat some great food!

As you can see, there are plenty of affordable ways to enjoy the summer months. So, take advantage of this wonderful season. But, don't forget to spend some time outside. Summer is the best time of year to get your vitamin D the way nature intended, from the warmth of the sun’s rays.

Written by Angela Coate-Hermes
© 2010

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.