Five Ways to Save on Summer Fun

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I LOVE summer. It is probably my favorite time of year, which is one of the reasons I moved to Florida, it’s always summer!

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I love the long days, warm weather, and late nights together as a family. There are so many fun family activities that are inexpensive and will build memories for years to come!

Visit the Library

Do you have a library card? Your local library is probably filled with awesome books, movies, and other resources that can keep you entertained all summer.

Libraries are great for rainy summer days or days when it is just too hot to do anything else. My kids love to read through entire series of books during the summer or read books that teach them new skills.

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One of my daughter’s favorite things to do is check out cookbooks so she can try new recipes over the summer. Another fun family activity is to dress up like your favorite characters from a book and act out the story.

Movie Nights

We have a projector so we will often watch a movie in the yard and invite friends over to join us. You don’t have to have a projector to pop a huge bowl of popcorn, pour some lemonade, and invite friends over to watch a movie in your living room.

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Movie night is probably one of my favorite family activities. You can check out movies free from your local library or rent them from Redbox for a few dollars.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

Sidewalk chalk is one of the cheapest, cleanest art projects you can do with your kids! You all know how I struggle with the mess of art projects in the house, which is why I LOVE sidewalk chalk.

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You can buy a box of chalk for a few dollars at almost any store during the summer and the kids can create awesome artwork, write stories, or play hopscotch or four square in the front yard.

Water Fun

We spend our summer days in the pool, at the beach, or playing in the sprinkler. There is nothing my kids like more than to cool off in the water on a hot day.

Even before we had a pool, we always had a slip and slide, sprinkler, or water guns to make the hottest days more bearable.

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Sometimes we don’t even bother to change into our suits!

Cool Snacks

My kids love to cool off with frozen treats during the summer. Actually they love frozen treats all year round, but what kid doesn’t?

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We are kicking off our summer this week, and what better way to celebrate that with some delicious ice cream and popsicle treats!

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We prefer treats you can eat with one hand so there’s less mess and no dirty dishes!

Right now at participating Winn-Dixie and BI-LO stores you can snag some of your favorite summertime ice cream treats at a great price. Klondike, Fruttare, Good Humor, Popsicle, Magnum, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are all on sale right now!

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  • Buy 2 Popsicle, Good Humor and Fruttare for $6
  • Buy 2 Klondike, Ben & Jerry’s and Magnum for $7
  • Offer valid: 5/20 – 6/2 + 6/24 – 7/7 + 7/29 – 8/11

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We picked up some of our favorite Popsicle treats to celebrate the end of the school year this week.

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Here’s a quick tip, if you pick up ice cream for your kids on your way home, they will be very, very happy to see you. :-)

To help you kick off summer I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Winn-Dixie or BI-LO. To enter to win this contest you’ll need to respond to this tweet with your best cure for summer boredom. Make sure you include the hashtag #SummerUnbored with your response.

This is a Twitter giveaway only, so you must tweet me with your boredom cure to enter. Giveaway ends May 29, 2015. You can find all the rules to the sweepstakes here.

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions, cute kids, and leftover popsicles are mine.

  

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/22 – 5/24

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Dragons Love Tacos! Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 23rd: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 23rd from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Memorial Day Flag Craft.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Red, White and Blue Craft Stick Flags. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 23rd at 10 AM ~ This Saturday as a part of the 52 New Foods Series, Junior Chefs will learn how to make unique ice cream flavors! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Girl’s Night In: Strange Magic Movie Night

My girls are wrapping up their school year and have enjoyed three movie nights in a row this past week! Movie nights are probably my family’s favorite way to hang out and relax.

Almost all of our movie nights involve popcorn, because it’s easy and everyone loves it!

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This weekend I made a popcorn bar (details on that coming later) which included something my girls absolutely loved, pink and purple popcorn!

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If you want to impress your little girls make pink popcorn, that will probably get you mother of the year!

One of our movie nights included the movie Strange Magic a new animated fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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The movie includes popular songs from the past sixty years that tell the tale of a battle over a potion between goblins, elves, fairies, and imps.

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My girls LOVE musicals ( I mean seriously love them) so this movie was a big hit. To go along with the movie we made some glow in the dark bracelets and did lots of singing and dancing with their new karaoke machine.

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My girls have been singing the music from Strange Magic for the entire day.

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No really, the entire day!

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Other fun girls night in activities included painting pictures, painting nails, and eating a few cupcakes!

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Well maybe more than a few cupcakes…

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Movie nights are a great way to spend time with the family and incorporating the theme of the movie into your activities for the evening is a great way to get everyone involved. We focused on singing our little hearts out with Strange Magic (even my boys got involved) and making our friendship bracelets.

You can host your very own Strange Magic Girls Night In with these free activity sheets from the movie. Click on the image below to download your activity sheets.

Download Host A Strange Magic Party

Strange Magic was released on DVD today! So make your next movie night a Strange Magic night in!

 

 

  

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Girl’s Night In: Strange Magic Movie Night

My girls are wrapping up their school year and have enjoyed three movie nights in a row this past week! Movie nights are probably my family’s favorite way to hang out and relax.

Almost all of our movie nights involve popcorn, because it’s easy and everyone loves it!

FullSizeRender (56)

This weekend I made a popcorn bar (details on that coming later) which included something my girls absolutely loved, pink and purple popcorn!

colored_popcorn

If you want to impress your little girls make pink popcorn, that will probably get you mother of the year!

One of our movie nights included the movie Strange Magic a new animated fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

StrangeMagicDVD_copy

The movie includes popular songs from the past sixty years that tell the tale of a battle over a potion between goblins, elves, fairies, and imps.

FullSizeRender (55)

My girls LOVE musicals ( I mean seriously love them) so this movie was a big hit. To go along with the movie we made some glow in the dark bracelets and did lots of singing and dancing with their new karaoke machine.

FullSizeRender (53)

My girls have been singing the music from Strange Magic for the entire day.

FullSizeRender (54)

No really, the entire day!

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Other fun girls night in activities included painting pictures, painting nails, and eating a few cupcakes!

FullSizeRender (57)

Well maybe more than a few cupcakes…

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Movie nights are a great way to spend time with the family and incorporating the theme of the movie into your activities for the evening is a great way to get everyone involved. We focused on singing our little hearts out with Strange Magic (even my boys got involved) and making our friendship bracelets.

You can host your very own Strange Magic Girls Night In with these free activity sheets from the movie. Click on the image below to download your activity sheets.

Download Host A Strange Magic Party

Strange Magic was released on DVD today! So make your next movie night a Strange Magic night in!

 

 

  

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This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.