I may not be a parent, but I have been a nanny for enough summers to know that you will go CRAZY if you don’t have some sort of out of the house activities for kids to break up the week. Of course its great to relax and spend time at home, especially if you have a big yard and a pool, but it is good to get the kids out (mostly to tire them out, and balance out your mental health 🙂 …)
Most of you are are probably looking for some inexpensive fun (to save for that vacation you’ve waited all year for) so here are some free and inexpensive options for you and your family this Summer. There are some less pocket friendly options and camps thrown in here too, but they are actually very unique and worth the investment.
First, I will do some self-promotion and remind you about Intown Manchester‘s TD Bank Free Summer Concert Series at Veteran’s Park on Thursdays, through August 1st from 7-9pm. Thursday the 18th is Family Night with Ben Rudnick & Friends, and there will be TONS of kid related activities going on throughout the night. The following two weeks are also very family friendly, with Patriotic Night on the 25th featuring The Army Rock Band, and Country Night on August 1st featuring The Jandee Lee Porter Band. Bring your Lawn Chairs, Blankets & a great time will be had by all. All part of Summer Fest 2013.
The Manchester Library offers many Summer programs for kids such as: movement story time, afternoon at the movies, children’s crafts, lap-sit story time as well as featured family musicians and movies. They have an entire events calender full of great, free activities throughout the week…and who doesn’t want help getting their kid to love reading!
For just $7, you can bring your kids to the Palace Theatre’s Summer Children’s Series. Performances left for the summer include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of OZ, Sleeping Beauty & Beauty and the Beast. Kids are even able to meet with the characters afterwards! Click HERE to view show times. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the box office on Hanover Street in Manchester.
Creating art is a great activity for kids for many different reasons. Muse Paint Bar, on Hanover Street, not only has FAMILY DAY group painting on Sundays, but is also offering Kids Camp from August 5th-9th. It is a 5-day series, for $49 dollars a day, but if you sign up by phone for the full week you will get 20% off the total price. Studio 550 is located on Elm Street and they have a great Parents and Kids Clay workshop, $30 for parent and child and $10 for each additional child. This gives the family a chance to share the magic of clay together to create a clay project that will be made from scratch. There are also two weeks left of Studio 550’s Summer Kids Art Camp, for $145 a week per-child. You can choose from AM or PM Sessions or Both. Click Here to read more about it!
The Currier Museum of Art offers an afternoon of Family fun on Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm with “Family Summer Studio.” The Currier also has Story Time in the Gallery once in a while at 11:30am. Click Here for the calender. Story time is recommended for ages 3-5, but all are welcome.
The See Science Center is obviously a great day-trip to do with your kids this summer, and it is something you yourself will also enjoy! The Science Center also is offering Summer Camp for two weeks in July, and camp is for kids entering grades 3-6. Click Here to learn more, and register! They are also doing a very cool “LEGO Mini-Course,” August 5th-9th for ages 8-12 where students will create a 30-60 second “Invention and Discovery” film using LEGO® bricks and minifigures.
If you really want to tire the kids out, The Training Station on Elm Street has organized a 1 week Kids Martial Arts Camp! It is July 29th to August 2nd, for ages 5-13. No experience is necessary! Click Here to register. Manchester Jazzercise Fitness Center has a Jr. Jazzercise Dance & Play taught by Maura Smith Barber on Friday Mornings from 10:30am – 12:30am Ages 3-8 (boys & girls). You can also drop in to Jeca Yoga on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 for Kids Calm and Strong Yoga (ages 8-12)!