Save on Entertainment

GO TO THE LIBRARY! It's one of your best resources for all kinds of free
entertainment. They usually have story hours for preschoolers, craft programs
and reading programs for school-age kids. You can check out books and sometimes
magazines and audio and video tapes. Our local library (and we live in a very
small town) even has fishing rods and tackle boxes that kids can borrow! Go
visit your library and find out what they have to offer.
RENT A VIDEO TAPE. It's a LOT cheaper than taking the family to the movies.
Make a big batch of popcorn, mix up some lemonade and you've got an evening of
entertainment for less than $5.00. This is even cheaper if you get the tape from
the library but they don't always have the newest ones that you want to see.
GO TO THE PARK OR PLAYGROUND. Kids enjoy playing on the slides and monkey
bars and you'll probably meet some other parents to chat with. Some public parks
have pools or beaches that residents can use for free or a small fee. Others
have summer craft or sports programs for kids.
DON'T FORGET YOUR OWN BACKYARD! If you live in a location with a yard take
advantage of it! Put the kids lunch in their school lunchboxes and let them have
a picnic. Let them run under the lawn sprinkler on a hot day. In the fall
collect colored leaves to identify and make a collage out of. Let them have
their own garden space to plant whatever they want. Give them some old sheets or
blankets to make a tent.
GO TO MUSEUMS. This can be a great entertainment value as well as being
educational. Check with them to find out if they have free admission afternoons
or 2 for one coupons.

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