Saturday, May 22, 2010

Free Summertime Fun!

CMOTC member, Michele K., sent us the posting below, that she found on the Money Saving Mom blog, to share with the club.

Going along with our series of how to bust the summertime blahs, listed below are a ton of free summertime programs and activities, as well as free or cheap movie admissions.

Looking for some FREE activities to fill up all that extra FREE time your kids have over the summer? You’ve come to the right place! Here is your guide to all things fun and free (or really cheap!) for your kids this summer with thanks to Kaley from Cha-Ching on a Shoestring for compiling this list for us. Have a seat, grab a pencil and your calendar and let the planning begin!

Reading Rewards Programs:

Free or Cheap Movie Admission:

  • Regal Free Family Film Festival: Beginning in June, select Regal Theaters will offer free family friendly movies starting at 10 am each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. Tickets are only available the day of the show and first-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. Go here to see if there is a participating theater near you.
  • National Amusements Bookworm Wednesdays: Kids can get free admission to a select children’s film every Wednesday at 10 a.m. when they present a book report at a participating Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas or Cinema de Lux box office. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six also receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report. Program begins July 7 and ends August 11.
  • Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse: Participating Cinemark theaters are offering $1 family-friendly movies on select weekday mornings throughout the summer. You can opt to purchase an advance pass for all ten movies for just $5 making them only $0.50 each! Find a list of participating locations, dates and times here.

Free Activities:


I think that AMC and Marcus also have cheap summertime movie programs. Some of the schedules are updated and some are not. Here are the links:

  • AMC - AMC's Summer MovieCamp isn't free, but your $1 donation will go to a good cause. All admission proceeds for their Wednesday morning summer movies for kids will benefit Variety - The Children's Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. Movies start at 10 am every Wednesday at participating theaters. The 2010 schedule is not up yet, but will be soon.
  • Marcus Theaters - Starting on June 23, Marcus Theatres will offer $2.75 movies for kids every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am. Plus, you can get a free complimentary-size popcorn. Their schedule is up.

Does anyone know of programs not listed here? Please share? Or if you have other resource sites for this information, please send us the links!


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