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Frugal Family: Summer Freebies and Bargains in Acton

Moms and Dads don’t have to go far to find free and low-cost solutions to summer boredom. There's lots to do right here in Acton!

Frugal Family: Summer Freebies and Bargains in Acton

Need some ideas of where to take the kids without breaking the bank? Here are Patch’s picks:

, 177 Main Street, Acton

This summer, admission is free every Friday night! Starting at 4:30 p.m. from now until August 31, 2012, kids can explore, build and create in the Discovery Museum and find their inner scientists at the Science Museum.

, 257 Main Street, Acton

On Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. this summer, arcade games will be half price.  In addition, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, games of bowling will cost $1 each.  (Family bowling ends at 9:00 p.m. After that time, it’s 21+ for $1 bowling.)

, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton

Free music has returned to NARA on Thursdays nights. Bring a blanket, picnic and enjoy the sounds of these popular groups:

Help Wanted Band, July 12, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Northern Fried Rock: The Hootchies, July 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

US Air Force Band of Liberty Concert Band, Friday, July 27,2012, 7:30 p.m.

Dixieland: Hot Tamale Brass Band: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

, 486 Main Street, Acton

The library has a number of fun programs taking place this summer. Tuesday night PJ Story Time at 7:00 p.m. for kids ages 3-7, Thursday Drop-In Craft Projects from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ages 3-7, and  Friday morning Drop-In Story Time at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-7 are just a few of  the weekly offerings.

Friday Morning Players are 5th through 8th graders who meet a 9:00 a.m. to rehearse a show that’s performed for the youngsters at Story Time. To participate, call the library at (978) 929-6655 and pre-register.  Shows take place through August 10, 2012.

Friday Night Movie nights continue to be held monthly at 7:00 p.m. Summer dates are July 20, 2012 and August 17, 2012.  Adults must accompany their children.

On Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., children may visit with Bo, a loveable therapy dog.

Special programs include:

Stuffed Animal Picnic, July 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Performance by magician and juggler Scott Jameson, July 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Interactive program with local author Melissa Stewart, July 24, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. (recommended for kids ages 5-10)

A full calendar of  these free events is posted on the Acton Memorial Library website.

, 305 Main Street, Acton

Do your kids love Joe’s? If so, stop by before June 30, 2012, and buy gift cards to use later in the summer. For every $50 spent, you’ll receive a free $10 appreciation card. (Appreciation cards must be redeemed wthin 30 days of issue.)

Which of these places will you visit? Any other suggestions for Acton families?















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