Cheap summer indoor activities for kids, families
The kids are out of school, which means, they have a lot of extra time on their hands. But some days, it's just too hot or too wet to be outdoors doing the usual summer things, or you might just want to mix it up, so I hunted down some indoor bargain activities to take advantage of this summer.
1. Cheap Movies
This summer, Regal is offering $1 family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. This includes some pretty great movies at several locations, including Wilsonville, Santiam on Lancaster in Salem, Bridgeport Village, Sherwood and Tigard.
"For just $1, moviegoers of all ages are invited to climb aboard the Summer Movie Express for unbeatable entertainment throughout the summer where they can see great movies like Despicable Me 2, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and more," said Ken Thewes, Chief Marketing Officer at Regal. "What better way to be entertained and spend quality time with each other than at your local RegalCinemas."
For the schedule at theaters near you, visit their website.
Canby Cinema 8 used to offer a kids summer program featuring $1 movies funded through business sponsorships for each showing, but according to Bjorn Laitinen at the theater, it won't happen this year.
2. Local Library Activities
Kids tend to think libraries are for checking out books, reading and being quiet, but local libraries offer heaps of free kids' activities, from karaoke and Nintendo Wii nights, to performers like the Reptile Man and Samoan dancers.
Reptile Man will come to the library on Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30 a.m. Don't worry, this event is safe, hands-on and educational.
For the full calendar, visit the library's website here.
3. OMSI or Portland Children's Museum
Both places offer hands-on fun for kids, but they can typically be pretty spendy. Here's an overview of the deals they offer.
At OMSI, they have $2 Sundays on the first Sunday of every month. Admission is just $2, and additional attractions like the theater, planetarium and more are an extra $5. If that sounds too crowded, consider membership. An annual membership is $115 for two adults and four kids. It pays for itself after just two visits.
Additionally, those who have an EBT card can get up to four tickets for just $5 each or can get 55 percent off membership. That'd be just $51.75 for a family of six to visit all year long, which costs less than one day's admission for a family of six at the regular price.
The Portland Children's Museum, which boasts tons of kids' activities including the pet hospital, theater, water works and more, offers Target FREE First Fridays. You can go enjoy the museum for free on the first Friday of the month from 4-8 p.m.
The museum, too, offers special benefits for those who receive some form of public income-related assistance like WIC, free or reduced school lunch, TANF, children's healthcare and more. You may need to show proof. This qualifies visitors for $1 admission per person for up to five people. You can also get a yearly family pass for just $15. To apply for that, click here.
4. Roller Skating at Oaks Park
Admittedly, this one may break the indoor activity rule because if you take your kids to Oaks Park, you might just want to visit the outdoor rides too. Most of their special deals involve a ride bracelet anyway. Bonus: at Oaks Park you can indulge in some cheap carnival food.
Here's what they've got for deals.
2 for 1 Tuesdays: Every Tuesday from June 19 to Aug. 28, you can receive buy one, get one free on Deluxe Ride Bracelets ($20), Limited Ride Bracelets, corn dogs, hotdogs and cotton candy. The Deluxe Ride Bracelets, down to $10 with the deal, include skating and skate rental, which usually costs $9 alone.
Six Buck Facebook Skate: On Wednesdays, if you watch the Oaks Park Facebook page, they give out a password. Use the password for a six buck skate including skate rental from 7-9:30 p.m.
CW Wednesdays: Every Wednesday during the summer CW is offering Deluxe Ride Bracelets for $15.50 plus a free bottle of water. Again this includes skating and skate rental. A coupon for this deal is available on their website.
KGW Saturday Nights: This apparently popular deal offers $8 off Deluxe Ride Bracelets every Saturday through Sept. 1 from 5-10 p.m. The coupon is on their website.
5. Local Pool
If all else fails, I present to you the laziest option: throw your kids in the local pool. You can hop in with them if you feel like it, or grab your current book and read while they play.
At the Molalla Aquatic Center, open swims are just $3 per kid or $8 per family. Here's the summer open swim schedule.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1-4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m.