Affordable Summer Fun and Adventures

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Adding onto my new little summer series, today we’re talking about ways to have a LOT of fun, affordably, this summer break.

frugal summer fun

Summer Movie Series

We’ll be going to our local Harkins every Monday to enjoy the AC and watch a summer movie.  Harkins has 10 movies for $5, and you choose which day of the week you’re going to go. We picked Mondays and will hit the same theater every week with our friends.

Regal Cinemas has $1 movies with different movies playing on select days every week depending on theater. Krikorian theaters have $1 movies (Buena Park has free movies due to a partnership with the city!) with two showings on Tuesdays.

If you have more than one theater close by like I do, you can spend several days watching movies cheaper than renting or streaming, and it saves electricity in your own home watching movies with the AC on.


Bowling For Free-ish

I signed up everyone I could for Kids Bowl Free, a program that offers free games every week for kids and, for an extra fee, their accompanying adult family members. Pro Tip – you can try to reject the adult add-on fee and see if you get a discount, I said no the first time and the second time got an extra $5 off.

You have to pay for shoes, but if you’re dedicated to the venture, you can buy kids ones online on Amazon (affiliate link) for as low as $22.


Museum Membership

Getting a museum membership will fill you up for more than the summer, and sometimes means free entry at other museums.

Our San Bernardino County Museum membership also gets us into several other locations, and this summer we have a goal of visiting them all.

But the best buy I know of is the $99 membership to the Discovery Cube locations, which also gets you in to other museum associated through the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

Local Baseball Games

We’re Angels fans, but we get most of our fill at our local Class A affiliate, The Inland Empire 66ers. There’s several in southern California, and with tickets in the single digits, it’s way more affordable than hiking out to Anaheim several times. The stadium is smaller and family friendly, and ours has regular 50-cent hot dog nights!

I grew up watching the local team and have seen more than one great player making their way back or coming back into training after an injury (Tim Salmon played a game once and we got an autograph easy).

Check their schedule for theme nights, like the 66er’s Star Wars night in July.


Tell me – What budget-friendly plans are you making this summer?