Already striking out when it comes to keeping the kids occupied this summer?
We've got proof there's plenty for virtually free.
Take the Kids Bowl Free program here at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg.
"The kids get to come in, instead of sitting behind the TV and watching it all day, they can come in, bowl 2 free games and that right there is their exercise," said Jessica Blanton the program director.
Kids up to 15 have to pay for shoes, but that's only $3. And you don't need a paying adult to come along. You do need to sign up, and here's a link.
Next, check out your local library. Many, like this one in Spartanburg offer free classes every weekday for kids of all ages. They feature everything from music to movies to story time.
Speaking of reading, Moms like Julie Mcswain take advantage of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The program actually runs all year long. You get a free book every month.
'They do it based on age, so because of her age they send her lower level books and then as she gets older it will go up."
Since Elizabeth was signed up right at birth she already has 9 books and counting.
Another suggestion, 1$ movies! There's a program called A Mission To Save, and 5 theaters in the upstate including Spartan 16 are participating.
And then there's the parks and local farms.
"We have lots of friends who will take their kids strawberry picking or go to Nevins Apple Farm and do the activities out there, or just come to the park and hang out, and get all the wiggle out," said Spartanburg mom Emily Pack.
Finally some stores like Home Depot offer free classes once a month.. and then there's the churches that offer week long vacation bible schools.
You may just find you calendar will fill up faster than during the school year.
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