Free and Low-Cost Family Fun for Summer!

Welcome to the summer friends! (Ok, so I know I'm like a tiny bit early... but hey, kids are out of school and it's warm so... close enough!)

With all of the lazy days of summer still ahead of us, I thought it'd be a great time to put together a little list of free and low-cost activities for families to enjoy. So give it a look-see, check out the links for additional details and have a blast while saving a buck or twenty!

1. Enjoy a meal, and your kids get one FREE at the following places:
IHOP (Mon-Wed, 4-8pm)
Chevy's (Tuesdays, all day)
Denny's (4-10pm, Tuesdays)
Marie Callendars (Tuesdays)
Famous Dave's (Tuesdays)
(All require a paid adult entree be purchased for each free child's meal, participating locations, you may wish to call to verify your location is participating prior to going._

2. Go bowling!
AMF (Locally, Sierra Lanes on Blackstone and Sierra) offers kids up to three free games each weekday during the summer! Register here to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.
(Shoe rental cost not included)

3. Go see a movie!

Regal Cinemas offers kids' movies that begin at 10am for just $1 all summer long! For a list of movies playing and locations near you, visit their site here. Be sure to arrive early - these showings tend to fill up quick!
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If you're local, enjoy a movie outdoors in Eaton Plaza in the heart of Downtown Fresno. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on and the movie is completely free every Friday night, all summer long. Food and other items available for purchase, but not required. For additional info including the movie list, visit the City of Fresno's web page here.

4. Take your wild animals to see the real wild animals!
Image via The Examiner
Visit the Fresno Chaffee Zoo on the first Wednesday of the month, absolutely free! (This is a year-round offer, and is sponsored by Wells Fargo bank). For more info on the zoo, visit their website here.

5. Participate in the library's summer reading program
Image via Valcom News
Kids who complete the library's summer reading log by reading ten books between June 14th and August 3rd can show their log to their librarian to earn special prizes as well as an entry to win a Kindle Fire. Stop by any Fresno County Library to pick up a reading log, as well as a schedule of the fun and educational activities scheduled at your favorite library branch including visits from Clifford, the Big Red Dog, reptile presentations, magicians, crafts and more! For a full list of Fresno County Library locations and hours, click here.

If you know of additional free or very low-cost fun, family-friendly activities for summer, please share them in the comments section! I will happily edit and expand upon this list! Have fun and stay cool!


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