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FREE FUN: Keeping Kids Busy This Summer

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School is out, or will soon be out, for the summer. That means keeping the kids entertained and active.

Mom Heather Derr says it takes more than backyard activities to make it through the summer. "We definitely need things to keep the kids busy."

The mother of three writes about family fun on her One-Derr Blog. She shares free and inexpensive things to do this summer. She says, "A lot of different summer reading programs for the kids."

She lists eight programs that reward kids for logging their minutes while keeping their skills from sliding over the break. She says, "Reading is great. It's something we can all do as a family."

Another fun and free activity to do this summer is head to the bowling alley and see if you can get a strike. Warrior Lanes General Manager Kristy Morse says, “This is our 3rd year doing Kids Bowl Free."

Kids Bowl Free is a nationwide program. Local bowling alleys like Warrior Lanes in Waukee participate. Families register online, then coupons are mailed once a week. Kids get two free games every day during the summer. You just have to pay for shoe rental.

Morse says, "It keeps them active, keeps them going for the summer away from the video games and out and moving and something they can do with their friends, family together."

The third activity isn't exactly free, but close to it. Cinemark offers the Summer Movie Clubhouse. Tickets are only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the Jordan Creek Town Center location. Derr says, "They're all either rated G or PG, good fun family movies that kids really like, so you bring the kids and just a dollar for everyone to get in."

You can find more information about these three activities and more suggestions on Heather’s One-Derr blog. Just click here.

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